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    The Teacher's Funeral

    The Teacher's Funeral

    by Richard Peck

    In 1904, prankster Russell dreams of escaping both farm and school, but there's a new teacher in town, and she has Russell square in her sights—and worse, it's his sister! "Full of life and character."—Boston Sunday Herald

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    Teacher's Funeral, The: A Comedy in Three Parts - Activity Sheet

    Teacher's Funeral, The: A Comedy in Three Parts - Activity Sheet

    by Richard Peck

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The Teacher's Funeral

A Comedy in Three Parts

Author: Richard Peck

Interest Level:
5-8

Lexile Framework:
750L

Grade Level Equivalent:
4.7

Guided Reading Level:
V

Age:
10-13

Genre:
Comedy and Humor

Subject:
School Life, Responsibility, Country Life, Siblings

About This Book

"If your teacher has to die, August isn't a bad time of year for it," begins Richard Peck's novel, a book full of his signature wit and sass. Russell Culver is fifteen in 1904, and he's raring to leave his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas. To him, school has been nothing but a chain holding him back from his dreams. Maybe now that his teacher has passed on, they'll shut the school down entirely and leave him free to roam.

No such luck. Russell has a particularly eventful season of schooling ahead of him, led by a teacher he never could have predicted — perhaps the only teacher equipped to control the likes of him: his sister Tansy. Despite stolen supplies, a privy fire, and more than any classroom's share of snakes, Tansy will manage to keep that school alive and maybe, just maybe, set her brother on a new, wiser course.

As he did in A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, Richard Peck creates a whole world of folksy, one-of-a-kind characters here — the enviable and the laughable, the adorably meek and the deliciously terrifying. There will be no forgetting Russell, Tansy, and all the rest who populate this hilarious, shrewd, and thoroughly enchanting novel.


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