Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peck, Richard. THE BEST MAN

Peck, Richard.  
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2016
IL 3-6, RL 4.1

 “Boys aren’t too interested in weddings.” That’s what 6th grader, Archer Magill says, despite the fact that he has already been in two. We first meet Archer after the wedding of two of his role-models (his uncle and his favorite teacher), but we won’t hear that story until later. Instead, we get to reminisce along with him about the first wedding he was in as a first grader and what a “train wreck” that was due to a rather embarrassing wardrobe malfunction (involving a lack of underwear). We get to watch Archer navigate through his fifth grade year with all of its ups and downs with lots of humor, some heartache, and more love than anything else. A heartwarming and wholesome story that will leave the reader feeling satisfied and content. As for that second wedding? Archer managed to stay fully dressed for that one. He was the best man, after all.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Award nominee, 2018)
Podcast:  https://spark.adobe.com/video/AkqFwlwESa71O

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