Richard Peck, a loss to children's literature

A teacher friend, switching back into the classroom from coaching for many years, asked me to compose some 5th grade title ideas for her. As The Teacher's Funeral would always be HIGH on that list, I googled around for ideas and found that Mr. Richard Peck had passed away yesterday (silly coincidences - send us for a loop, don't they?).

His loss made me nostalgic for that book, set so closely to my hometown. Further unhelpful to my psyche was the fact that we just did a short two-day jog through said hometown and I am missing it terribly (in that nostalgic sort of way that Indiana springtime makes you miss the Hoosier state and forget why your live in sunny Florida).

HERE was my years ago short thoughts on that book. Just for old times sake...

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