about the book
I’m a disaster of a ring bearer. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me just say this: don’t ever put a first grader in a too-tight velvet outfit and expect the day to go well. All I knew was that I didn’t want to carry that satin pillow down the aisle.
So I hid.
It was an excellent plan until I was found, got all muddy, and….
Anyway, I’m in sixth grade now. The past five years have been lively, that’s for sure. Thankfully, I’ve been able to hang out with my dad, grandpa, and Uncle Paul. I want to be all three of them!
Mr. McLeod—my history teacher—is pretty great too. In fact, I’m at his wedding right now as the best man!* I bet you can’t guess who he’s marrying! It’s my…. Wait a second; I’m getting ahead of myself.
I have to tell you all about the last two years for any of this to make sense.
about the author
Richard Peck was born and raised in the real Illinois, far away from Chicago, in a town called Decatur. That was long enough ago that a boy could know when his childhood and adolescence were over—when the army draft board sent them notices in the mail. Richard went and served as a soldier in Germany and as a ghost-writer for army chaplains, writing sermons. That was his first writing job.
Nowadays Richard lives in what he jokingly calls a “third-world sort of island,” which you might know as Manhattan. Manhattan knows almost nothing about the real America beyond its borders.
But Richard tries with his books to bring the real world into the lives of readers. He caught his first sight of the world through books, and hopes books will continue to do so for young readers even in the new centuries to come.
Richard disdains modern technology, doesn’t own a computer, and even has a friend’s voice on his answering machine. He doesn’t believe in sharing a lot of information about himself but does believe in sharing knowledge. He travels a lot, lecturing as well as learning.
Also by Richard Peck:
The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail. Dial. 2013.
Secrets at Sea. Dial. 2011.
A Season of Gifts. Dial. 2009.
Here Lies the Librarian. Dial. 2006.
The Teacher’s Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts. Dial. 2004.
The River Between Us. Dial. 2003.
Fair Weather. Dial. 2001.
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