Friday, July 21, 2017
The Teacher's Funeral by Richard Peck
Russell Culver, 15 years, is more than ready to be done with his schooling. He thought his dream was come true when the teacher up and dies weeks before school starts, but it quickly turns into a nightmare. His sister Tansy is hired as the new teacher at their one-room school.
This story takes place in rural Indiana in 1904. The historical details are quite good. I also enjoyed the male characters who thought schooling was useless -- in fact, it reminded me of my grandfather and his thoughts on not needing education past the 8th grade. My only complaint with the book was that the narration would switch unexpectedly from being present tense in the 1904 to then including memories from an adult Russell. It was very confusing.