The Teacher's Funeral

  • by Richard Peck
  • Narrated by Dylan Baker
  • 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"In a seamless performance, Dylan Baker becomes Russell. He convincingly brings each character to life, turning a great story into an even greater listening experience. This book is so laugh-out-loud funny that its depth sneaks up almost by surprise." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Sort of boring

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

no, tried listening to it with my 10 year old--both of us thought it was dull

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

semi-sentimental depiction of rural life 100 years ago

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- staples

Much to Learn From This One

This is a "growing up" novel, a story of how things seem one way at certain points in our lives, but because of circumstances, we start to see things, events and mostly people in a different light. We are all a little inclined not to want things to change, and yet when they do, we often come to see that the change was needed and it turns out to be life changing in a good way. So it is with this story. The good news for the school children is that their "mean" teacher dies the day before school starts. The bad news is the new teacher could turn out to be worse than the old one. Everyone learns and grows from this experience and builds a lot of character in the children in the process.
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- Sher from Provo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2005
  • Publisher: Listening Library