Here Lies the Librarian

Here Lies the Librarian

by Richard Peck

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142409084
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/06/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 772,032
Product dimensions: 7.72(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

"I spent the first eighteen years of my life in Decatur, Illinois, a middle-American town in a time when teenagers were considered guilty until proven innocent, which is fair enough. My mother read to me before I could read to myself, and so I dreamed from the start of being a writer in NewYork. But Decatur returned to haunt me, becoming the "Bluff City" of my four novels starring Alexander Armsworth and Blossom Culp. When I was young, we were never more than five minutes from the nearest adult, and that solved most of the problems I write about for a latergeneration living nearer the edge. The freedoms and choices prematurely imposed upon young people today have created an entire literature for them. But then novels are never about peopleliving easy lives through tranquil times; novels are the biographies of survivors.

"I went to college in Indiana and then England, and I was a soldier in Germany — a chaplain's assistant in Stuttgart — ghost-writing sermons and hearing more confessions than the clergy. In Decatur we'd been brought up to make a living and not to take chances, and so I became an English teacher, thinking this was as close to the written word as I'd be allowed to come. And it was teaching that made a writer out of me. I found my future readers right there in the roll book.After all, a novel is about the individual within the group, and that's how I saw young people every day, as their parents never do. In all my novels, you have to declare your independence from your peers before you can take that first real step toward yourself. As a teacher, I'd noticedthat nobody ever grows up in a group.

"I wrote my first line of fiction on May 24th, 1971 — after seventh period. I'd quit my teaching job that day, liberated at last from my tenure and hospitalization. At first, I wrote with my own students in mind. Shortly, I noticed that while I was growing older every minute at the typewriter,my readers remained mysteriously the same age. For inspiration, I now travel about sixty thousand miles a year, on the trail of the young. Now, I never start a novel until some young reader, somewhere, gives me the necessary nudge..

"In an age when hardly more than half my readers live in the same homes as their fathers, I was moved to write Father Figure. In it a teenaged boy who has played the father-figurerole to his little brother is threatened when they are both reunited with the father they hardly know. It's anovel like so many of our novels that moves from anger to hope in situations to convince young readers that novels can be about them...

"I wrote Are You in the House Alone? when I learned that the typical victim of our fastest growing, least-reported crime, rape, is a teenager — one of my own readers, perhaps. It's not a novel to tell young readers what rape is. They already know that. It's meant to portray a character who must become something more than a victim in our judicial system that defers to thecriminal...

"Two of my latest attempts to keep pace with the young are a comedy called Lost in Cyberspace and its sequel, The Great Interactive Dream Machine. Like a lot of adults, I noticed that twelve year olds are already far more computer-literate than I will ever be. As a writer, I could create a funny story on the subject, but I expect young readers will be moreattracted to it because it is also a story about two friends having adventures together. There's a touch of time travel in it, too, cybernetically speaking, for those readers who liked sharing Blossom Culp's exploits. And the setting is New York, that magic place I dreamed of when I wasyoung in Decatur, Illinois..."

More About Richard Peck

Richard Peck has written over twenty novels, and in the process has become one of America's most highly respected writers for young adults. A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle gradersas well as young adults for his mysteries and coming-of-age novels. He now lives in New York City. In addition to writing, he spends a great deal of time traveling around the country attending speaking engagements at conferences, schools and libraries...

Mr. Peck has won a number of major awards for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award from School Library Journal, the National Council of Teachers ofEnglish/ALAN Award, and the 1991 Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi. Virtually everypublication and association in the field of children s literature has recommended his books, including Mystery Writers of America which twice gave him their Edgar Allan Poe Award.Dial Books for Young Readers is honored to welcome Richard Peck to its list with Lost in Cyberspace and its sequel The Great Interactive Dream Machine...

Twenty Minutes a Day
by Richard Peck
Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while the dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your children will be off to school;
Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
Let them hear their first tales
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning;
Read over noon;
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you'll fit,
Till a small voice beside you says,
"Hey, don't quit."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"As always, Peck writes with humor and affection about times past, elders and growing up strong. This ode to librarians is a fine companion to Peck’s ode to schoolteachers, The Teachers Funeral." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Kids will love the fast-paced action and librarians will guffaw over all the library puns." -School Library Journal, starred review

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Here Lies the Librarian 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
JennGrrl More than 1 year ago
Peck has crafted a really fun story about a brother and sister growing up without parents, living the daily rural life, trying to make a car repair business out of nothing. There's crazy neighbors who keep an eye on the kids. There are crazy town folk, who are constantly doing mean things to the kids, trying to sabotage their repair business, and then there are the new girls in town. You'll follow the brother and sister as they both grow up and learn to be the man and woman they were always meant to be. I really enjoyed this story, and have passed it along to my teenage son. I can't wait to see his reaction when he reads about a little girl who is a great car mechanic. The old adage holds true, I suppose, that you can't judge a book by its cover.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck and I would give it a rating of 4 stars. This book deserves 4 stars because of its humorous dialogue and descriptions. It tells a fun story of a town after the results of a tornado. It includes the lives of Eleanor also known as PeeWee and Jake her big brother who she looks up to dearly. Eleanor is a red head who always has her hair up in a cap, which causes people to mistake her for a boy. Her brother claims that High School will do her some good. But when Eleanor hears that High School doesn¿t include car mechanics but instead she will have to take Home Economics and Cookery she claims that she ¿ain¿t going.¿ After a librarian position is open it attracts the attention of three sorority sisters who apply for the job. It is inspiring to read how an old run down library can change the life of a girl completely. The story is in a time era of when the automobile was debuting. Richard Peck does a great job of describing Jake¿s love of cars and his dream of fame. Jake is also a car mechanic who gets lots of help from his little sister. Here Lies the Librarian shows the steps Jake takes to get closer to his dream. I am an eighth grader in North Carolina and would also recommend the books, The Giver and The City of Ember.
PatriciaUttaro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck - I've been reading Peck since the Blossom Culp days and he always delivers a good story. A Year Down Yonder made me laugh out loud, and so did this one. Of course, you know I picked it up because of the title. After all, how could I resist a book that takes place in a town that had a librarian named Electra Dietz? Although libraries and library science students play a big part in the story, it really all belongs to Eleanor "PeeWee" McGrath, who operates a garage with her big brother Jake. It's the early 20th century and automobiles are just becoming an accepted form of transportation, and women are driving as often as men. Four refined but forward-thinking women arrive one day in a lovely Stoddard-Dayton automobile and promptly have a flat in front of PeeWee's garage. Although she fixes the flat, PeeWee has no idea that these women will turn her world upside down. The story is typical Peck -- lots of laughs, goofy characters, and wonderful language. I was particularly taken with this exchange between Irene Ridpath, the forward-thinking library science student, and PeeWee: * "Grace, Lodelia, and Geraldine? They'll soon be reporting for duty [in the library]. Presently, they are floating on Lake Maxinkuckee in canoes with beaus." "Beaus? What are they?" "Suitors. Gentlemen callers. Fraternity men with ukuleles." "Oh." I strove to picture this. "Are they spooning?" "Or reading aloud," Irene said.If you like Peck, you love this story. He's beginning to remind me of Norman Rockwell -- instead of painting those goofy slices of early American life, Peck writes them.
book58lover on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When a book starts out with a torando that tears apart a cemetery and puts body parts in the trees, you can only wonder where it will go from there. Around a race track, is where and by a young 14 year old girl, not her brother. The outlying village is the poor cousin and is populated by characters, as all small towns should be. Into this town rides four Library School students that want to reopen the local library, closed since the former librarian's death. Their value is not so much in opening that library, because in truth it seems that no one in that town wants that to happen, but in encouraging Peewee and her brother to stand up and become the people they would love to be. Peck does an admirable job of packing into this slim volume a lot of action and determination, coupled with some bucks. Enjoyable.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great funny, easy read. Speaks well of the role of early librarians, and paints a cozy picture of life in the early days of automobiles and the American mid-west.
cmartin21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Richard Peck is a masterful author who creates memorable characters who resonate with the reader. This book is yet another example of his ability to craft hilarious situations from the most mundane events.
bobcatbrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I really enjoyed the text, I was extremely disappointed by the reading. For a book that is supposed to be humorous, the reader was flat and unfunny. It sounded less like a professional recording and more like an unenthusiastic student reading an essay for school. Luckily, Peck's story was enough to keep me listening, although sometimes it was harder to continue than others. I highly recommend picking up a hardcopy of this book as it was quite entertaining. Stay away from the audio, it will be slower going.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's 1914 in rural Indiana and Eleanor McGrath just wants to be a mechanic like her brother. Unfortunately, her plans are derailed by the arrival in town of four beautiful young ladies who have come to replace the town librarian. Reluctantly, Eleanor (a.k.a. Peewee) begins to learn the things young ladies have to know, although she's still just as likely to change oil or race cars as ever. She's a bit jealous as her brother falls for one of the young ladies, an heiress to an Indianapolis motor car company, and she begins to deal with the changes that are taking place in her life. I liked this one better than I thought I would, although it turned out to be all about cars and mechanics, races and the competing car shop's plots against the McGrath shop. The subject matter of cars will be a selling point for boys, the tender coming-of-age of Eleanor will be a selling point for girls.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having loved The Teacher's Funeral, I expected to enjoy this book. Unfortunately, I didn't like it. It is historical fiction, about a tomboy named Peewee who lives with her older brother Jake and whose lives are dramatically affected when a group of young librarians take over the job from the former and now deceased, evil spinster librarian. I guess I disliked it because I'm not at all a tomboy and the plot revolved a lot around cars and racing.
dfullmer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun story set in the early 1900's about a small town just on the dawn of the automobile age. It begins with a gruesome scene, a tornado rips through a graveyard and leaves several of the recently deceased townspeople suspended from trees. A great librarian epitaph "Here lies the librarian, After years of service tried and true, Heaven stamped her overdue."
lis2003 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love Richard Peck's young adult novels. Didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as A Long Way from Chicago (which will certainly ALWAYS be my favorite of his novels). This one was cute - loved the small-town setting and the introduction of "cool" librarians. :)
CarolinaMommy More than 1 year ago
Boring!  No plot - certainly nothing intriguing.  I had to sit with my daughter as she read it for school and i fell asleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it!!;)) Main reason: a GIRL proves herself to be just as good(if not better) than the guys!!!;)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently read the book 'Here Lies The Librarian' by Richard Peck and found it okay so I gave it three stars. I gave it three stars because it was a little boring but it had good detail about each of the scenes in the book. It is basically a book about two brothers named Peewee and Jake. Peewee was just the average little boy who looked up to his older brother who by the way wanted to be an auto mechanic. Until one day when Irene Ridpath the librarian came to town. She tried to help Peewee and changed his life forever. But it starts out with a tornado in the town and everybody is rushing to get into their basements and grabbing whatever they can before it comes. It just seemed really boring but Richard Peck did have lots of good descriptive details about the scene. But the ending I didn't like that much because it kind of just dropped off when it could have kept going. It ended with a race in Indiana at the Indianapolis 500 and just started telling about who won the race and then just ended and I believe he could have kept going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whutzit abiur?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just stsrted it and sofar it is good