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The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,383 ratings  ·  665 reviews
In 1904, Russell Culver 15 wants to leave school and his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas. Instead of school closing, leaving him free to roam, his sister Tansy steps in. Despite stolen supplies, a privy fire, and many snakes, Tansy maybe, just maybe, can set her brother on a wiser course.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Dial Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Regina There may be some implied swearing but it does not ever say a swea4 word. No sex
Papillon Part 1 - 70 pages , PArt 2 - 76 , Part-3 - 44 pages . Total : 190 pages. I had to categorize them in parts as I am not allowed to type short answers.…morePart 1 - 70 pages , PArt 2 - 76 , Part-3 - 44 pages . Total : 190 pages. I had to categorize them in parts as I am not allowed to type short answers. Bummer.(less)

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If there's one thing you can't see at the age of fifteen, it's ahead.

Russell wants nothing more than to leave his tiny hometown in Indiana, and start working on a threshing crew in the Dakotas. Only one thing stands in the way of his dream . . . school. BUT, in a stroke of luck, his horrid teacher, Miss Myrt, has "swapped semesters for eternity" and croaked! With no teacher, they'll have to close the schoolhouse, and Russell will be free to head for greener pastures, or, in his case, more ambere
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, fun, to-purchase
What a lovely book. I put it on my to read list a long time ago because of a review I read somewhere but never seemed to find it in he bookstores in UK or US/Canada. Ordered it online finally I think 2nd hand. I usually read the heavier darker books but it is great to read a book which is warm, funny, set in the 1904s about two young brothers living at their fathers farm and growing up... with their 17 year old sister Tansy the freshly appointed school teacher when the old one, Miss Myrt Arbuckl ...more
Christopher Seifert
Mar 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book must be read out loud. The eulogy had me laughing so hard tears were pouring down my face.
A very enjoyable read. I felt I was just listening to a man tell a few anecdotes from his teen years about how the old teacher died, and how his sister worked to become the new teacher. I love the ol' hometown feel to the book. And the humor was honest, simple, and hilarious. All of it was realistic and nostalgic. I just really liked it. This is the second book I've read (listened to) by Peck. And I've noticed that they start out all right, then somewhere along the way I find myself completely e ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book aloud to my children and I would sometimes laugh so hard that I couldn't go on for a minute or two. Seriously, Richard Peck is hilarious. I love his books and I love to read them to my kids, but this one just really tickled my funny bone. I don't know if I would have found it to be as funny if I'd read it to myself silently. But hearing those lines out loud just compounded the funny.
Rita Crayon Huang
Aug 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
I just had the oddest experience. I read this book this week without realizing I'd read it before. This has sometimes happened with books that aren't very good (I block them out), but this book is great! And I hadn't forgotten it, exactly; all the details kept coming back to me about three pages in that I kept thinking I must have only had time to read PART of the book in the past but would soon get to where I didn't remember. But...nope. I got to the very end and even the final lin ...more
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was a read-aloud book for the family and we all enjoyed it. Buckling under pressure I read it in my best Hoosier accent. The book was well written, humorous and understated. Like the characters on its pages the story makes no attempt to be more than it is and, therefore, becomes all the better.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2019: Our read-aloud times were severely interrupted through the summer, so we decided to fall back on an old standby instead of starting something new. This could very well be the last time I read this book aloud to the Podlings, as they, too, are soon "Grown and Flown."

2017: The Podlings have been requesting another re-read, and I finally got around to it. We never tire of enjoying this story together. It's one of my favorite kids' books of all time. And that's saying something.

2015: Back by p
Mar 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
It's been a while since I've read something by Peck. As usual, he doesn't disappoint with what I look for in his books. I like that he tells stories from an earlier time, that he brings value to simpler lives. There is no grand plot that must be resolved in this book. The characters don't have grand flaws. Instead, you get a book with likable characters and you get to see a slice of their lives. In this instance, it's Russell's dreams for his future and his sister's efforts to become a good teac ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I definitely prefer A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, but this one was still good. I didn't find it particularly funny but Peck's style and way of incorporating characters makes a lovely read.
Michael Fitzgerald
Yet another of those "boys back in the old days" books. It's not bad, but I think I'd like to find the best one or two of this type and skip the rest. There is quite a bit of overlap in various predicaments, pranks, etc.
Hilary Forrest
Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it
We took a break from serious audio books on this road trip and listened to this entertaining book. It was short, funny and kept the whole family’s attention.
Erica Lynn
Mar 05, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
My boys and I couldn’t get into this one. I have a lot of trouble reading even appropriately stylistic grammatical errors (I know) and it seems my boys have inherited this quirk from me.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Loved it. There were some laugh out loud moments and also some that made me tear up a bit. I loved visiting the simplicity of 1904 Indiana.
Miguel Marquez
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
If your teacher died would you go visit him or her.

This book is fiction because It didn't happen .The time period is in the 1900's and it in Indiana.The main character is Lloyd and Charles.Charles want to see his teacher at the funeral.But Llyod doesn't want to see his teacher.The type of Charles vs Llyod. the Llyod change by going to the funeral.I can relate to the character Llyod because he like this change his mind at the last second sometime that me i change my mind at the the last second.
Beverly Kennett
Russel Culver thinks his prayers are answered when the strict teacher in his one room schoolhouse, with barely enough students to keep it open, passess away in August. He hopes that the school will close, so he and his best friend can leave their fathers' farms in Indiana to travel to North Dakota, where the farms are much bigger and the equipment and farming methods much more modern. Unfortunately, Russel's older sister is hired to replace the teacher. His dreams of travel are shattered when so ...more
May 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Update: My daughters, of the Harry Potter generation, used to enjoy re-reading the series every year. I used to be amused, if a little confused, by such devotion...until the day I picked up a favorite Peck novel (that I'd read many times) for a re-read. It was then l realized Peck's historical fiction canon is, in fact, my Harry Potter. Starting clear back in the tiny Lewisville library of my childhood with the Blossom Culp books and up to recent, relatively speaking, years. I've loved Fair Weat ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile
Life in rural, backwoods Indiana in 1904 has its trials and tribulations for the students at Hominy Ridge School. A one room school of eight grades.

When Miss Myrt Arbuckle suddenly drops dead during the summer break in August, the kids get their hopes up of the school closing and freedom from learning. The school board has other ideas and hires Tansy Culver as the new teacher. She may not have her certificate for teaching and still be in high school, but she is determined to get the kids to lear
Madeeha (D-ha)
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was awesome! One time I was sitting in english and my english/ advisor asked me what book I was reading since it was a writing workshop. I told her I was reading the teacher's funeral and she freaked. I thought overall this book is amazing. I like how it's funny and it's basically about getting rid of a teacher but then getting a new one which sucks. This book really captures how students wish to get rid of their teachers but in reality the student doens't actually want to ki ...more
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Richie Partington
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
29 May 2004 THE TEACHER'S FUNERAL: A COMEDY IN THREE PARTS by Richard Peck, Dial, October 2004, ISBN: 0-8037-2736-4

A new Richard Peck book? Hey, that's music to my ears!

"Now we were walking up from the lot when we heard music, of all things.
"It stopped us cold. We'd never heard music hanging like haze over the blue evening. I recalled the calliope on the Case Special, trilling down the track. But we were miles from the railroad, and this was a full orchestra, with violins."

Back when I was a k
Dixie Goode
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

Well, "if your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it" but the characters in this funny novel soon find out that a dead teacher in August is not a guarantee that school is out indefinitely. With a light hearted hand, Richard Peck tells the story of some 1940's children and their hope for escape from an education. The Teacher they end up getting, isn't the answer to their prayers and life changes fast. This book is a quick, delightful read that reminded me a lot of "the Ninja
Teen / BTSYA reader: The tricks the kids pulled to trip up Tansy were hilarious. Also, I loved the trial the superintendents put Tansy and her students through and how they all came through with flying colors. They gave the school board much more than they were expecting to witness.

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Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The first half was really enjoyable, so I thought this book was heading for a solid 4 stars. And then came the second half of the book.

I'll admit, that as a BIG education proponent, I loved the book. However, for me, what really raised it to 5 stars was the the incredible wit of Richard Peck. I actually laughed out loud in parts. Plus, you get a nice bonus of rich understanding in the last paragraph in the book.

It was just great.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Love Richard Peck's writing. Feel I am there where most people still use horse and buggy for transport and a car is a special thing to see. Loved all the games the kids played on the teacher especially when the teacher was the older sister of two of the kids. Tough to deal with. Funny and old time feel like Little House books and show but with some autos!! read three hours for summer reading program
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely delightful book! Hilarious, charming....I heard the author, Richard Peck, speak at a book festival and he complained about the cover -- how there isn't a kid alive who would want to read a book with a one-room schoolhouse on the front. But it is really, really good -- so good, I read it twice and enjoyed it both times. Our family often quotes from this one.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, comedy
Another great book by Richard Peck. While not quite as wonderful as A Long Way from Chicago or A Year Down Yonder, it takes place in the same kind of old-timey small-town in the Midwest, with plenty of shenanigans and humor. Very good read.
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it! It made me laugh out loud. My husband heard me laugh so often that he had to listen to the audio CD edition as well. Then I would hear him laughing and would have to run to see which part he was hearing. Highly recommended!
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a cute and humorous read about a little schoolhouse in Indiana at the turn of the century.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What happens when the teacher dies just before school opens?
A boy learns the problems and benefits to having his sister teach the one-room school in 1904 Indiana.
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Richard Peck was an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder. For his cumulative contribution to young-adult literature, he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1990.

“Why she hankered to be a teacher, I couldn't tell you. But she had chalk dust in her veins, and she deserved to get that certificate. It was only fair.” 4 likes
“We'd gotten him wrong. He wasn't a dunce. He was an artist. According to these pages, he'd seen us all a good deal clearer than we'd ever seen him.” 4 likes
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