Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Peck, Richard.
New York : Dial Books, 2006
IL 5-8, RL 4.9
ISBN 0803730802
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Pee Wee idolizes her big brother Jake.  They run a garage together on the outskirts of town.  They are waiting for the hard road to come through so that they will get more business.  Jake can fix just about anything with an engine, and make it work even better than it did before.  Jake has a dream of making his very own car from spare parts, and is working on it down in his garage in his spare time.

When the tornado blows through town and blows out the front windows of the library, things change forever.  A group of young librarians led by Irene Ridpath arrive from the big city of Indianapolis and apply for the job of Librarian.  These young librarians slowly turn life upside down for Pee Wee and the rest of the little town.

But nothing will stop Jake from finishing his car and running it in the first ever stock car race at the County Fair that August.

Nothing.  Except maybe the Kirbys, owner of the “other” garage in town.

On the morning of the big race, Jake discovers that his car has been stolen during the night.  One of the librarians, Grace Stutz, kindly loans him her Stutz Bearcat to race that morning.

As Jake and the Kirbys are roaring around one of the turns in the race, Growler Kirby throws a wrench at Jake and hits him in the head.  Jake crashes into the hay bales.

Pee Wee takes over the race for Jake…

(read pages 118-119)

Will Pee Wee win the race?  Find out in Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck.  (Bettina Wesloh, Children's Library Associate, Eldersburg Branch, Carroll County Public Library,

SUBJECTS:     Automobiles -- Fiction.
                        Automobile racing -- Fiction.
                        Librarians -- Fiction.
                        Country life -- Fiction.
                        Indiana -- History -- Fiction.

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