by Richard Peck
I fell in love with this book by the second chapter. I loved the plot, the classic 1910s setting, the kooky characters, the mysterious new librarian, and the hilarious antics of the farmers and rough-and-tumble country folk.
Peewee is adorable and smart. I love seeing how Peewee starts out with this backwoods ignorance and gradually receives a more sophisticated education from the friendship of the new librarian. Peewee is a perfect narrator for this story, telling the tale with bold panache and a sensitive heart.
The best part about this book is the solid sibling relationship between Peewee and Jake. They are both such strong characters, and I loved their camaraderie and firm family bond. They always stick up for each other, sharing each adversity and blessing alike.
All the supporting characters are quirky and hilarious! I loved how vividly they are painted, and how they bring a rowdy energy to the story. And the librarian is delightfully proper without being prim, providing a wonderful contrast to the country bumpkins.
I can’t even describe how fantastic the plot is! I never knew what was going to happen next, and nothing turned out the way I thought it would. It’s a wild ride with car crashes, races, theft, fraud, and grave-robbing, and a dozen madcap adventures on the back roads. The dialogue is insanely hilarious! I was laughing my head off during the librarian’s interview for the library job.
I can’t wait to read more books from this author!