The Teacher's Funeral, by Richard Peck.
Richard Peck is one of my favorite authors. I just finished reading his latest book, pictured above. His writing style consists of understated humor (my favorite kind) mixed with authentic details of country living, all surrounding an engaging plot. This book is about a 15 year old boy living in 1904 with his older sister Tansy, younger brother Lloyd, and his widower father. Two of my favorite parts of the story are when he sets the privy on fire behind the school house and when he and his schoolmate have to save an enormous old lady who got stuck in the ditch. Peck's books always inspire me to keep some of the good ol' ways alive and let my children experience real country living. That's why we keep chickens, complete with an attack rooster. As an aside, I had to kick his cocky butt across the barn the other day when he attacked my boot. Chickens kick especially well, I never knew a rooster would get such good height and distance. maybe that's why they call it a "birdie" in badminton.
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PS Here's the bribe picture. Enjoy.