Through the autumn, Russell observes the strange goings-on in the classroom, including a fight for Tansy's affection between a rough-and-tumble guy named Glenn and Russell's own best friend, Charlie. (Both will need to compete with a city slicker named Eugene who's in the area trying to sell an amazing new invention called the automobile.)
By Thanksgiving, Tansy has become a full-fledged teacher and Russell has resigned himself to the student life. In the last chapter, we learn which man ultimately won Tansy's heart, and also who Russell ended up marrying.
©2004 Richard Peck; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"In a seamless performance, Dylan Baker becomes Russell. He convincingly brings each character to life, turning a great story into an even greater listening experience. This book is so laugh-out-loud funny that its depth sneaks up almost by surprise." (AudioFile)
no, tried listening to it with my 10 year old--both of us thought it was dull
semi-sentimental depiction of rural life 100 years ago
I love listening to audio books. Additionally, I enjoy narrating them as well. I'm pretty new to it, so I'm learning as I go.
Funny, touching, nostalgic.
A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder. I've read most all of Peck's books and they all give you a touch of what life was life years ago. This one doesn't have as many laugh out loud moments like the Grandma Dowdel character from those two, but the antics of the brothers at school are loads of fun.
He does a good job of making the characters seem real.
Education lasts for life.
I read this book every year with my middle school students and they always love it. I also play some of the audio book version for them. It's a delightful story with lots of humor and some great lessons in life. (Not to mention the segue into some great history lessons. This book prompted me to take a trip to visit Parke County Indiana to visit the covered bridges and see some of the places mentioned in the book.
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