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Here Lies the Librarian

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

An enjoyable read rooted in historical realities.

Book Richard Peck Humor 2006
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age 10+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Family research together

background could be researched of the times, women and their place in society
age 10+

Poor 14 year old girl grows up in Indiana in 1914; auto history

One of the best coming of age stories for girls. Story is told in 1914 and has a lot of auto history in it, might appeal to boys too. LOVED this book and I am quite a voracious reader in my almost 50 years! I'm a school librarian and I recommend this book highly.

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The whole book is a delight, made even more so -- in this age of 500 plus-page tomes aimed at 9-year-olds -- by being tightly written and edited. Just to get things off to a rousing start, for example, Peck opens with a tornado that rips apart a graveyard, an event that sets the plot off in several different directions that wind their own ways for awhile before twisting together in a surprising but satisfying conclusion, followed by an even more satisfying final chapter set 60 years later.

With his last half-dozen novels, multi-award winning author Richard Peck has carved out for himself a new niche -- the rural Midwestern early 20th century comedy. This is another wonderful example of this one-man mini-genre: vivid characters (including adults, who are all too rare in children's books), lots of period detail, solid values, a nice mix of clever wit and broad comedy, independent girls, and an affectionately sardonic eye for the foibles of rural middle America, where the author grew up, all conveyed in some of the most carefully crafted prose in the business.

Book Details

  • Author: Richard Peck
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: April 30, 2006
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Last updated: July 8, 2015

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