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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 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 lessons in here without being preachy I read it in two short sittings and I will even say I found it heartwarming Hard to grab the heart of a cynic like me but as my best friend would tease It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox 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 The Illusionists uncle become his best self as well I loved this It s a Planet of the Bugs uick read but I think the author really caught the essence of a young boy growing Fishes of the Open Ocean 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 lessons in here without being preachy I read it in two short sittings and I will even say I found it heartwarming Hard to grab the heart of a cynic like me but as my best friend would tease It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside

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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 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 difficult character in the family and bully Jackson Showalter is the only bad egg at school Even he is uickly put in his place by Archer s fantastic uncle Paul who is very metropolitan and has a job with an agency that deals with the Chicago Cubs We follow Archer s life through his narration from a wedding he is forced to be ring bearer in before he starts school There he embarrasses himself but meets his good friend and protector Lynette Every year brings different teachers challenges and classic cars Unfortunately we see Archer s grandfather s health fade over this time and he eventually passes away The year that Archer s class has three different teachers including Lynette s mother is a pivotal one as the class has a fabulous student teacher Andy McCleod Andy is a military reservist who has a fresh and energetic take on teaching and the students love him When he defends a student who has been attacked and had gay written on his forehead he also identifies himself as gay causing a bit of an uproar but not making any difference at all to the students who love him It s hard to say why this novel is so appealing and easy to read Not much happens but it s so pleasant and entertaining that I didn t care The humor is gentle but pervasive and Archer has a lot of intriguing interests His family is a big fan of the Cubs they build Lego villages together and deal with the death of the grandfather in a realistic and constructive manner We follow his elementary years up through 6th grade when his class moves unexpectedly to middle school after a school reconfiguration In addition to great family characters Archer is surrounded by interesting teachers and classmates Lynnette is forthright no nonsense and able to stand up to anyone who gives Archer a hard time When her mother becomes their teacher she is able to compartmentalize herself and not be bothered by this Mr McCleod is a great teacher without being overly sentimentalized The big talking point of the book will be that Archer realizes much after everyone else that his favorite uncle is gay but this really wasn t main point of the story Yes the uncle gets married to a man but this was addressed in such a supportive and accepting way that it was never an issue It was just life The fact that the topic is raised in the book will still upset people which is too bad If all families were able to weather their difficulties with the grace and fortitude of Archer s family the world would be a better place The Best Man is a great choice for readers who can handle uiet but interesting books that emphasize the importance of family such as Connor s All Rise for the Honorable Perry T Cook Graff s Lost in the Sun or Messner s The Seventh Wish Mr Peck says in this interview with Roger Sutton of Horn Book that there are no villains in The Best Man because he wanted the book to be a hymn of joy After the events of this summer and the Year of Sad Reading that 2016 turned out to be I don t think we need to look any further than that statement to realize why this was such a blissfully relieving book to read

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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 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 Here s the breakdown Awkward know it all s without Hermione Granger s charms The young fresh from college teacher who can t figure out how to send an email or use a printer and needs a teen boy to help her seriously The pregnant teacher who can t think about anything except her gestation and therefore teaches it to her 4th grade class because ladies only think about babies The mom who after divorce goes back to her teaching career but can t do math thankfully Mr Mcleod shows up to really teach the kids ugh The elementary school receptionist who upon seeing a man dressed in his Army Reservist garb walk into the school freaks out and calls 911 and the swat team arrives because ladies are so hystericalUghI could go on and on and on Oh wait I almost forgot Hilary the boy from England a century ago maybe and carries his books tied in string and is in a wheelchair because the cars drive on the wrong side of the road here He was just the worst hide spoiler


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

  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 sh

  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 ki

  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 Uncl

  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 o

  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 things I loved about it I loved Archer's voice I loved the plot structure bookended by weddings and told as if Arch

  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 Ea

  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 les

  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

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