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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,267 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Peck Narrator: Dylan Baker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2004 ISBN: 9781400091041
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The year is 1904, and Russell is 15. Though he dreams of leaving small-town Indiana to become part of a large farm crew in the Dakotas, he's forced to stay in school, where his sister Tansy has just become the new teacher. Through the autumn, Russell observes the strange goings-on in the classroom, including a fight for Tansy's affection between a rough-and-tumble guy named Glenn and Russell's own best friend, Charlie. (Both will need to compete with a city slicker named Eugene who's in the area trying to sell an amazing new invention called the automobile.) By Thanksgiving, Tansy has become a full-fledged teacher and Russell has resigned himself to the student life. In the last chapter, we learn which man ultimately won Tansy's heart, and also who Russell ended up marrying. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dorothy Dorse | 2/12/2014

    " A funny and delightful read. I recommend it for light reading to cheer up your spirits! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 2/7/2014

    " Richard Peck does a lot of young adult 'issue' books, which I like. However, I love the ones where he gets into historical ficiton. This is a great one. I think it was his most recent. I'm waiting for another. If anyone knows of one, let me know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 2/7/2014

    " A fun book with a look into earlier times and the lives of people living away from big cities. I especially enjoyed the ending where you learned what happened to the characters after they had grown up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April Ashe | 2/4/2014

    " Great book, good clean humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chessa | 2/3/2014

    " Another great book by Richard Peck. While not quite as wonderful as A Long Way from Chicago or A Year Down Yonder, it takes place in the same kind of old-timey small-town in the Midwest, with plenty of shenanigans and humor. Very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 2/2/2014

    " Hilarious book, reminds me of what my dad must have been like growing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lia | 1/26/2014

    " I read it because it was Peck. But I didn't love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancee | 1/22/2014

    " When the teacher in Russell's one-room school house up and dies in August, he's sure it will be the best year ever, because it will take forever for the school board to find another teacher to come to the rural Indiana community. But, to Russell's surprise, his own sister Tansy accepts the job. Not only will he have to endure having her as his new teacher, but his aunt, who makes biscuits that even the fish won't touch, will take on the daily cooking. Filled with wonderful stories about rural life in the early 1900s, combined with Dylan Baker's excellent narration, I found myself sitting in the parking lot so I could finish listening to the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nita | 1/9/2014

    " This was a fun book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 1/2/2014

    " i had to read this the summer before 6th grade. almost everybody didn't like it including me. i have no idea why it's called a comedy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 12/31/2013

    " Totally hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 11/2/2013

    " Delightful and fun to read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 9/27/2013

    " The start was a little slow but once I got into it, I enjoyed this book. The book gives us a glimpse of rural life in the early 1900's through the eyes of 15 year boy. The main characters were well developed so that you became to care about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 9/23/2013

    " This book was so good. It was hard to get into at first, but don't let that discourage you. I kept reading and after the first chapter I was hooked. It was just hilarious and the writing was wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 9/17/2013

    " What a great way to look at school in 1904! Very funny. Great book to read w/ 6th graders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky Jensen | 8/20/2013

    " Slow at the start, but picks up and is very funny. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Grandmaharker | 5/14/2013

    " Maybe I'm just tired of the folksy novel for now, but this seemed rather tedious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meagan | 2/23/2013

    " LOVED this book! I got hooked on reading while I was on maternity leave, and it really started with this book. So cute. My husband and I still quote it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damera Blincoe | 12/16/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was an excellent read, even though I randomly selected it off the shelf. I'm really gonna try and make my son read this because I think he will enjoy it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 11/27/2012

    " Cute book about life in rural America. Some good quotes, humorous incidents, well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 10/17/2012

    " I laughed until I peed my pants! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. James | 9/2/2012

    " Liked the country feel; fun, quick read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 8/9/2012

    " Delightful! Richard Peck is always a treat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 5/22/2012

    " One of the best books I've read in a very long time! I've already recommended it to several friends. I loved this tender coming of age story. This is one of my new favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayli | 5/2/2012

    " Loved it. Perfect Richard Peck with the sweet, old-timey tales, believable and funny and so well done. It's like sitting back and listening to your grandpa tell about when he was young, only better. I wished there had been more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trudy | 1/10/2012

    " Newbery Award winning author Richard Peck strikes again with a folksy, humorous read. The uproarious eulogy of the unfortunate Miss Myrt made me laugh out loud. Endearing and thoroughly entertaining! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl Vanatti | 12/27/2011

    " Review first published on Reading Rumpus "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Red | 11/5/2011

    " Rec from Gonzo "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 7/18/2011

    " This was no "Little Town on the Prairie", but it was a cute one-room-schoolhouse story, set in 1904 Indiana. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 5/14/2011

    " i had to read this the summer before 6th grade. almost everybody didn't like it including me. i have no idea why it's called a comedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alison | 3/3/2011

    " Oh how I love Richard Peck's writing. The man himself is lovely as well, the fire and brimstone preacher of children's literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marci | 3/2/2011

    " I am definitely going to read more of his books. They are such easy, feel-good stories, but not shallow at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 2/12/2011

    " Good book, just not my type. A sweet, rambling, look back at growing up in the Midwest in the early 1900s. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeri | 2/3/2011

    " Peck is truly funny. I've enjoyed every single thing that I've read by him. Tansy and Aunt Maud and Dad and all of the other characters were chock full 'o fun. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 2/2/2011

    " What a fun book! The children's mischief, Tansy's courage and the all-knowing dad were really enjoyable. I think I would have given it more stars if I hadn't just finished another book with a young boy 'voice' that I enjoyed more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaylynn | 1/25/2011

    " His books make me laugh out loud! I love them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 1/6/2011

    " Very entertaining. Would highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 12/14/2010

    " PLAYAWAY

    For being a comedy, not as funny as I wanted/expected. Still a good story. Wrapped up nicely at the end. A happily ever after story for all involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene | 12/13/2010

    " Loved this book. This is a book for all ages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 12/7/2010

    " There were a few funny parts, which were heightened by the narrator. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Peck

Richard Peck has won almost every children’s fiction award, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Newbery Medal, the Scott O’Dell Award, and the Edgar, and he has twice been nominated for a National Book Award. He was the first children’s author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal.

About the Narrator

Dylan Baker is an American stage, screen, and television actor. He attended Georgetown Prep and William and Mary College before earning his BFA at Southern Methodist University, where his passion for acting was ignited with numerous stage roles. Later refining his talents at Yale’s School of Drama, Baker turned professional with big screen roles in movies like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Delirious, and Love Potion No. 9.