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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. 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 things I loved about it I loved Archer s voice I loved the plot structure bookended by weddings and told as if Archer is talking to the reader guiding the reader through his 1st grade year to his 6th grade year I loved Archer s family his cookmechanic dad his psychologist mom his architect grandpa his Uncle Paul Even his irritating sister Holly and his witchy grandma I loved that the book is realistic and not Events are believable but things like Lynette s overly mature outlook and the character of Little Lord Hilary are larger than life See also how often Archer s school makes headlines and Ms Roebuck s computer incompetence Stylistically this enhances the feeling that Archer is trying to tell the reader a good story and perhaps fudging a bit to make it better which accounts for things not being entirely believable I love love loved Mr McLeod I had to Google how to pronounce that name it s McCloud I ve complained in the past about too many children s books relying on the magic teacher trope you know like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society But Mr McLeod in my opinion isn t a magic teacher stereotype Sure he s young and exciting but there s way to him than just being a great teacher I love how funny and joyful this book is Especially in 2016 which I dubbed the Year of Sad after reading offerings by some of kidlit s most prominent authors see my review of Maybe a Fox I sincerely hope this will be one of our Mock Newbery books this year Last year we got a little bit of resistance with The Thing About Jellyfish because there was a relatively minor gay character Being that most of our Mock Newbery participants are in 5th grade and this book is pretty suarely about 5th6th graders I feel confident we can put it on the ballot if the rest of the committee agrees that it s really high uality literature for kids And you know if it won the real Newbery I wouldn t be upset 3052 in his life and the kind of person he wants to becomeand manages to help his uncle become his best self as well. I LOVE THIS BOOK It s hard for me to even write a review of this book I loved Mercator it I loved Archer s voice I loved the plot structure bookended by weddings and told as Pasos perdidos en Granada if Archer Suffering and no suffering is talking to the reader guiding the reader through his 1st grade year to his 6th grade year I loved Archer s family his cookmechanic dad his psychologist mom his architect grandpa his Uncle Paul Even his Can We Live 150 Years? irritating sister Holly and his witchy grandma I loved that the book Robs Shiny Dumptruck incompetence Stylistically this enhances the feeling that Archer Business English is trying to tell the reader a good story and perhaps fudging a bit to make Mama Glow it s McCloud I ve complained Fire in the Sky in the past about too many children s books relying on the magic teacher trope you know like Robin Williams olga spessivtzeva in Dead Poets Society But Mr McLeod ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! in my opinion I Am Providence isn t a magic teacher stereotype Sure he s young and exciting but there s way to him than just being a great teacher I love how funny and joyful this book An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, is Especially The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob in 2016 which I dubbed the Year of Sad after reading offerings by some of kidlit s most prominent authors see my review of Maybe a Fox I sincerely hope this will be one of our Mock Newbery books this year Last year we got a little bit of resistance with The Thing About Jellyfish because there was a relatively minor gay character Being that most of our Mock Newbery participants are WeVe Only Just Begun in 5th grade and this book Real Estate Mistakes is pretty suarely about 5th6th graders I feel confident we can put Computer Network Time Synchronization it on the ballot Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider if the rest of the committee agrees that Ignition it s really high uality literature for kids And you know Mitologii subiective if Between Heaven and Mirth it won the real Newbery I wouldn t be upset

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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

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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. 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 PaulBeing gay isn t a decision How you live your life is a decision Archer s favorite student teacher just so happens to be the guy that his uncle likes but will they get married Will Archer even notice that the two like each other note he IS exceptionally unobservantAll in all this was a really cute book It was very much slice of life so the pacing might seem a bit odd for kids who are used to a kill the bad guy or solve the unsolvable problem sort of schtick This one was very much just checking in on Archer s life He was very unobservant but not in a cheesy way Just in a well he s a kid sort of wayWhich was fun for me as the audience because I could pick out many a thing long before Archer noticedAnd I really really liked how Uncle Paul s relationship was portrayed It was very age appropriate and extremely normalizing I ve read a few books where the tone is just there s a GAY character but EVERYONE S okay with it because we are INCLUSIVE and ACCEPTING aka they just go so over the top trying to rank in inclusivity points that it rings false This book was thank goodness very chill about it just inserting it into the life explaining it at a level that was easily understood by children Two thumbs up for that Stay away from people who don t know who they are but want you to be just like them YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading The Abel & Cole Veg Box Companion it The Academy is In Archer’s sweetly naïve but observant voice his life through elementary school Full Dark, No Stars is recounted the outspoken ever loyal friends he makes the teachers who blunder or If Only Once (The Martelli Brothers, inspire and the family members who. 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 1000 sitios que ver en España al menos una vez en la vida 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 PaulBeing gay La ética de la crueldad isn t a decision How you live your life 3052 is a decision Archer s favorite student teacher just so happens to be the guy that his uncle likes but will they get married Will Archer even notice that the two like each other note he IS exceptionally unobservantAll Mercator in on Archer s life He was very unobservant but not Pasos perdidos en Granada in a cheesy way Just Suffering and no suffering in a well he s a kid sort of wayWhich was fun for me as the audience because I could pick out many a thing long before Archer noticedAnd I really really liked how Uncle Paul s relationship was portrayed It was very age appropriate and extremely normalizing I ve read a few books where the tone Can We Live 150 Years? is just there s a GAY character but EVERYONE S okay with Robs Shiny Dumptruck in Business English inclusivity points that Mama Glow it just Fire in the Sky inserting olga spessivtzeva it ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! into the life explaining I Am Providence it at a level that was easily understood by children Two thumbs up for that Stay away from people who don t know who they are but want you to be just like them YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


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 wacky life of Archer Magill as he he wends his way from elementary to middle school Luckily he's got some great role

  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

  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 diffic

  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 i

  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

  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 cha

  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

  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 dining room Each item e

  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 Chi

  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 be There's a fair amount of change going on in his life a new school a death in the family and the realization that a favorite family member is gay and he has a way of rolling with these changes that is so simp

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