Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck

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Peewee idolizes Jake, a big brother whose dreams of auto mechanic glory are fueled by the hard road coming to link their Indiana town and futures with the twentieth century. And motoring down the road comes Irene Ridpath, a young librarian with plans to astonish them all and turn Peewee’s life upside down. Here Lies the Librarian, with its quirky characters, folksy setting, classic cars, and hilariously larger-than-life moments, is vintage Richard Peck—an offbeat, deliciously wicked comedy that is also unexpectedly moving.
 

About Richard Peck

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Richard Peck, author of more than thirty novels, is one of the most celebrated children's book writers in the country. He has won the Newbery Medal, the Edgar Award, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a National Humanities Medal, and twice been a National Book Award finalist, among many other honors. He lives in New York City (when not visiting London his favorite home away from home).
 
Published April 20, 2006 by Puffin. 172 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s 1914 in the unincorporated Hazelrigg Settlement in Hendricks County, Ind., and feisty Irene and three other Library Science students from Butler University have come to town to fill the vacancy left when the elderly former librarian Electra Dietz died, heaven having stamped her OVERDUE.

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Set in 1914, an era when women hobbled their skirts, and automobiles with "an electric self-starter" were still a novelty ("Crank from your seat, not from the street," went the Cadillac motto), the novel traces the eventful 14th summer of narrator "Peewee" McGrath, an orphaned tomboy who would ra...

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The back of the book describes it as: Peewee idolizes Jake, a big brother whose dreams of auto mechanic glory are fueled by the hard road coming to link their Indiana town and futures with the twentieth century.

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Finding the little town library closed since the last librarian was found expired "with a fistful of library cards in her cold hand," they determine to reopen and improve it, simultaneously improving the town and, most especially, Peewee.

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Project MUSE

Peck moves eastward from back-of-beyond Illinois ( A Year Down Yonder, BCCB 1/01) to boondocks Indiana, 1914, for this tale of a parentless brother and sister, Jake and Eleanor, who scrape out...

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Peck moves eastward from back-of-beyond Illinois ( A Year Down Yonder, BCCB 1/01) to boondocks Indiana, 1914, for this tale of a parentless brother and sister, Jake and Eleanor, who scrape out...

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