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Serve as his role models From one exhilarating unexpected episode to another Archer’s story rolls along as he puzzles over the people in his life and the kind of person he wants to becomeand manages to help his uncle become his best self as well. Agghhh I m drowning in a sea of ambivalenceThis book is terrific The writing the insight the characters all the things that are here are terrific It s like like the objects in the curio cabinet in my mother s dining room Each item each miniature domino set porcelain sea urchin loose semiprecious gemstone expedition medal and antiue fountain pen is a treasure and each for different reasons In this book the parents who work from home one as a marriage counselor the other restoring antiue automobiles are treasures Grandpa the architect in his seersucker suit and straw hat a treasure Uncle Paul in his bespoke sportcoat and wingtips who will turn out to be both wise and gay is a treasure Archer s house is a treasure Large suare situated in a leafy suburb of Chicago I can picture it I just can t afford itWhich is not entirely an insignificant point Because like my mom s beautifully lit collection this book is just about the whitest thing I ve come across in a long time There are things that are not here amid its sparkling array of treasures There don t seem to be any black people for one thing Nor anyone with a Hispanic or Asian surname And regardless of the skillful references to Angry Birds and YouTube and Uncle Paul s wedding it is missing a true feeling of contemporaneityNow of course my mom s cabinet doesn t have to represent every facet of the human experience It would be weird for example for her to include a set of manumission papers to our knowledge nobody in our family was ever enslaved And the expedition medal is an object to be proud of not everybody does the dangerous thing for which it was awarded But at the time it was given it was almost exclusively white men who had the opportunity to earn itAnd while Mom may add a new item to that cabinet every few years it is by its nature disconnected from the present time That collection and I consider this a compliment rather than the reverse reflects her point of view and her point of view is that of a white woman born in a leafy suburb sometime before the middle of the last century In the case of The Best Man I feel a similar point of view applies And it s not it s a valid point of view and for sure there are kids in Evanston going to one class per grade seemingly all white elementary schools that are close enough to walk to But although this may be an increasingly rare point of view it s not one that is lacking in representationI also have something of an issue with the hunky student teacher who shakes up Archer s fifth grade school year All of a sudden there are field trips Something new every day Mr McLeod takes over for the regular teacher Mrs Stanley when she gets tripped up by improper fractions Really Guy teacher shows the ladies How It s Done HrrumphBut my gosh it just KILLS me to uibble with this book Uncle Paul s orientation love story and wedding are treated so wonderfully that is as if being gay were not a big thing which it isn t In many families In many communities But not all So that s really niceAnd lord Richard Peck is funny And his main character learns some things without the reader feeling Taught which is no mean feat I personally a white woman born in a leafy suburb who walked to school until she was 17 very much enjoyed the book But I think its time like the uotidian antiues resting on glass shelves in my mom s dining room has passed Now is the time for it to be admired for its form and craft because we are not likely to need to use it

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The Best Man

Newbery Medalist Richard Peck brings us this big hearted novel about gay marriage from a kid’s endearing perspectiveWhen Archer is in sixth grade his beloved uncle Paul marries another man Archer’s favorite student teacher But that’s getting. When did you decide to be gay Uncle Paul Being gay isn t a decision How you live your life is a decision Unlike the Grandma Dowdel trilogy this Peck novel is a thoroughly modern comedy filled with cell phones twitter and viral videos instead of canning jars and privies We get to spend an eventful five years in the wacky life of Archer Magill as he he wends his way from elementary to middle school Luckily he s got some great role models and gasp a girl for a best friend The book ends with Archer serving as best man at the wedding of two of his mentors his Uncle Paul and one of his favorite teachers Mr McLeod I laughed I cried I even went Awwww at the most insanely romantic proposal And that s really all I have to say about this one yet another fine title by Mr Peck who at age 83 still writes a book a year I hope he continues for another couple of decades

Richard Peck ↠ 4 Read

Ahead of the story and a wonderful story it is In Archer’s sweetly naïve but observant voice his life through elementary school is recounted the outspoken ever loyal friends he makes the teachers who blunder or inspire and the family members who. While I appreciate the message of this book and agree we need good stories about gay marriage I struggled to imagine what kid I would share it with next The kids didn t sound like kids and the wit and cultural references seemed a better fit for adults Disappointing I know that this book has received starred reviews but I want to talk to any children who have read it


10 thoughts on “The Best Man

  1. says:

    When did you decide to be gay Uncle Paul? Being gay isn't a decision How you live your life is a decision Unlike the Grandma Dowdel trilogy this Peck novel is a thoroughly modern comedy filled with cell phones twitter and viral videos instead of canning jars and privies We get to spend an eventful five years in the wack

  2. says:

    In the post Wonder world middle grade characters in school stories are often on their best moral behavior If not they often get a chapter or two of the multiple perspective narrative to explain themselves After all everyone is doing their best right? Richard Peck on the other hand does not overestimate the charity of children His classroom as described by a sixth grader is populated by insufferable smarties criers the short kid and the ki

  3. says:

    Archer lives a fairly ordinary but pleasant suburban life with a fantastic family His grandfather an architect designed the elementary school he attends and walked him to school every day when he was younger His father restores classic cars and cooks His mother is not a wedding planner as he thought when he was younger but a marriage counselor Older sister Holly who skips a lot of high school in order to visit colleges is the only difficu

  4. says:

    While I appreciate the message of this book and agree we need good stories about gay marriage I struggled to imagine what kid I would share it with next The kids didn't sound like kids and the wit and cultural references seemed a better fit for adults Disappointing I know that this book has received starred reviews but I want to talk to any children who have read it

  5. says:

    We thought he was weird He thought we were weird It was great It was what multiculturalism ought to be This book centers around Archer as he grows from a young boy into a middle school studentWe catch snippets the best part of each year as Archer navigates through life From making a best girl space friend to his grandfather slowly getting older to finding out his uncle likes other men When did you decide to be gay Uncle Paul?Bein

  6. says:

    I was so disappointed in this book and although I was almost done I never finished it There were so many problems with this book that I am shocked it is getting such high stars The one thing it did have going for it was the kind and open family Archer lived in and all the great male role models I like the grandfather the uncle the dad and Mr Mcleod fine What I HATED view spoilerwas the way all the female characters were portrayed

  7. says:

    I LOVE THIS BOOK It's hard for me to even write a review of this book I loved it so much So I guess I will just list thin

  8. says:

    Agghhh I'm drowning in a sea of ambivalenceThis book is terrific The writing the insight the characters all the things that are here are terrific It's like like the objects in the curio cabinet in my mother's di

  9. says:

    I loved this It's a uick read but I think the author really caught the essence of a young boy growing up in a suburb of Chicago If I had a child I would definitely read this together because I think there are some wonderful life less

  10. says:

    Archer Magill is going to be one of the best new voices in kids literature He's just kind of gloriously naive about all these incredibly important things going on around him in only a way that an 11 year old can