Rave Reviews Log: Historical Fiction

October 24, 2006

Here Lies the Librarian

By Richard Peck
Period: Early 20th century America
Rating: 3 3/4 stars
Reviewed by Noelle

Richard Peck continues his series of books that marry a sense of humor to a historical period of time, usually focusing on small town life in middle America. This particular story is set in Indiana and is told from the point of view of PeeWee, also know as Eleanor. PeeWee's world consists of herself and her older brother Jake and the living they are trying to scrape from running a garage fixing those brand new inventions, automobiles. But everything turns topsy-turvy when four young women studying to become librarians appear to run the local library. Not only are the girls rich, intelligent and beautiful, they also drive fabulous automobiles. Suddenly PeeWee starts yearning to be more than just Jake's little sister. She finds that when the chips are down, she is up to the challenge. As one character asks her, "Who'd want to be on the pit crew when you could be in the race?" If you enjoy unique characters, learning a little about cars and history, and some laughs, you will enjoy this Richard Peck story.


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