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The Resource The best man, Richard Peck

The best man, Richard Peck

Label
The best man
Title
The best man
Statement of responsibility
Richard Peck
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Archer has four important role models in his life--his dad, his grandfather, his uncle Paul, and his favorite teacher, Mr. McLeod. When Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod get married, Archer's sixth-grade year becomes one he'll never forget."--
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Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2017
  • Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2016
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 2016
Review
  • Grades 4-6 /* Starred Review */ Two weddings bracket this amusing and ultimately moving novel narrated by 12-year-old Archer. In the first ceremony, he’s a 6-year-old ring bearer suffering from an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. In the second, he’s the best man, resplendent in his first elegant suit. The episodic story covers all six years in between, though it focuses on the last two: fifth grade (featuring “three different teachers and a lockdown with cops” at school) and sixth, which brings a death and a wedding in the family. In two satisfying scenes, school bullies are brought low by adults. The novel’s distinctive characters are so believable that their lives seem to go on beyond the book. Always two steps behind his friend Lynette in comprehending what’s going on around him, Archer has a stout heart, an open mind, and good intentions. For years, he tends to parrot others’ opinions, but when he finally puts his own ideas together and speaks from the heart, his words and his timing couldn’t be better. This intergenerational story unfolds with a refreshing lack of sentimentality, and an emphasis on fathers and other male role models. Archer’s dad, his grandfather, and his gay uncles are portrayed with particular affection and respect. A witty, engaging novel from a master storyteller. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Peck is one of the most celebrated living writers of kid lit, and he’s even mounting a tour for this one. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 7/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 21, p66)
  • /* Starred Review */ Markedly more contemporary than many of Peck’s previous novels, this drolly narrated coming-of-age story traces milestones in Archer Magill’s life from first to sixth grade while deftly addressing a variety of social issues. The first scene—depicting a “train wreck” of a wedding in which six-year-old Archer performs ring bearer duties in a pair of muddy, too-tight shorts that have split open in the back—sets the stage for other hilarious mishaps. Whenever Archer flounders, there are people (usually the influential men he “wanted to be”) ready to help: his father, as good at fixing problems as he is at restoring vintage cars; his stylish Uncle Paul; and his dignified grandfather Magill. In fifth grade, Archer finds he can depend on someone new: his student-teacher Mr. McLeod, who accidentally causes a lockdown when he shows up at school in his National Guard uniform. Archer gains some wisdom on his own (after befriending a visiting student from England, he concludes: “We thought he was weird. He thought we were weird. It was great. It was what multiculturalism ought to be”), but the most profound lessons about prejudice, conflict resolution, and gay rights are taught by his mentors, all-too-human heroes, whom readers will come to admire as much as Archer does. It’s an indelible portrait of what it looks like to grow up in an age of viral videos and media frenzies, undergirded by the same powerful sense of family that characterizes so much of Peck’s work. Ages 9–12. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed 05/30/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 22, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Male role models aren't a scarce commodity for Archer Magill, but when two of them fall in love, what does that mean for his comprehension of the weird world of adults? Then there's all that impending puberty stuff.Bookending his tale with two weddings (one a YouTube'd pants-splitting disaster and one a heartfelt finale with a fabulous new suit), Archer recounts his traverse from first grade to sixth, navigating family ties, school, bullies, death, marriage, and au courant political hot topics. He has a dedicated father, endearing grandfather, doting uncle, and awesome male student teacher, but that doesn't mean he's entirely sure-footed in following their confident strides. In fact, he's pretty clueless in general, something his fiery best friend, Lynette, reminds him of perpetually. It's this cluelessness that makes his journey so easy to empathize with. There's another layer to this lighthearted coming-of-age book that makes it special in the current sociopolitical climate. Said doting uncle is in love with aforementioned student teacher: it's Peck's intent to spark a discussion for young readers about same-sex marriages, a topic that standardized testing and textbooks haven't caught up with yet. Bravo. A middle-class white cast in the Midwest populates the pages, but the base of the story—navigating boyhood with positive reinforcement from friends, family, and faculty—is a broad one. A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious—take a bite. (Fiction. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2016)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10526636
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1934-2018
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Peck, Richard
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 6
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Weddings
  • Role models
  • Families
  • Schools
  • Gays
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The best man, Richard Peck
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9780803738393
Lccn
2015049803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
BRO-copy20161003-078
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn933567931
  • (OCoLC)933567931
  • 449513
Label
The best man, Richard Peck
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
232 pages
Isbn
9780803738393
Lccn
2015049803
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
BRO-copy20161003-078
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn933567931
  • (OCoLC)933567931
  • 449513

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