Saturday, May 24, 2008

Here Lies the Librarian

Is there any librarian who could resist the title of Richard Peck's young adult novel, Here Lies the Librarian? I honestly think Peck writes his books with the adults in mind who still remember being young, rather than writing them for young adults.

It's a story that begins with a tornado and has a climax at the Hendricks County Fair's dirt-track race. In Hoosier Grove, Indiana, in 1914, Peewee McGrath and her older brother, Jake, have hopes of establishing a garage for the coming automobile age. That age comes faster than they expect when four young women, students of Library Science, have a flat tire in front of their garage. And, the two young people find their future out of their own hands, when two of those determined librarians take an interest in their lives.

Peewee (Eleanor) McGrath tells her own coming-of-age story, in a book filled with library puns, and an eye on the future. Once again, in Here Lies the Librarian, Richard Peck works his magic, bringing the past and a young character to life.

Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck. Penguin Young Readers Group, ©2006. ISBN 9780142409084 (paperback), 145p.


Andrew Clarke said...

May I suggest a title to try, if you ever read young adult or teenage lit. or fantasy? "Outcasts Of Skagaray" was written out of concern for the abandoned children of the world. It takes the form of a fantasy adventure addressing serious issues but meant to entertain. For a free preview, go to Your critique would be valued.

Andrew Clarke said...

I forgot to mention: I like "Field Of Dreams", too. My blog is if you want to visit and see the post, "If you write it, they will..

Lesa said...

Thank you, Andrew. I'll check out your website, and the preview, later today.