A new book from Mr. Peck is always something to cheer about, but this time it is especially exciting. Mr. Peck will be at our library in Northbrook on the afternoon of October 19! In The Best Man, Archer Magill has three great role models; his grandpa, his dad and his uncle Paul. These role models are an underlying theme throughout the book. In the opening scene, 6 year old Archer splits open his too small pants just when he is supposed to be the ring bearer in a wedding. Of course Archer is humiliated -- especially when the picture is posted all over YouTube! Throughout the story, he is faces with all the middle school problems you expect in this day and age, from bullying to understanding girls. And the greatest thing is his role models are always there for him. Hardcover available now. Ages 11 and up
Newbery Medalist Richard Peck tells a story of small-town life, gay marriage, and everyday heroes in this novel for fans of Gary Schmidt and Jack Gantos. Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he finds a fourth--Mr. McLeod, a teacher. In fact, the first male teacher in the history of the school. But now here comes middle school and puberty. Change. Archer wonders how much change has to happen before his voice does. He doesn't see too far ahead, so every day or so a startling revelation breaks over him. Then a really big one when he's the best man at the wedding of two of his role models. But that gets ahead of the story. In pages that ripple with laughter, there's a teardrop here and there. And more than a few insights about the bewildering world of adults, made by a boy on his way to being the best man he can be.
About the Author
Richard Peck has won almost every children's fiction award, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Newbery Medal, the Scott O'Dell Award, and the Edgar, and he has twice been nominated for a National Book Award. He was the first children's author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal. He lives in New York City.