From first grade through sixth, Archer Magill is on the lookout for role models. Three of the best are in his own family: his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great car rebuilder; and his Uncle Paul – who’s just plain great! Along the way he finds a fourth – Mr. McLeod, a really great teacher. But now here comes middle school and lots of changes. Just how much has to change before his voice does? Archer isn’t the best at seeing far ahead (as his best friend, Lynette, is happy to point out), so he’s regularly taken by surprise. But he’s really surprised when he’s asked to be the best man at the wedding of two of his role models -- his Uncle Paul and Mr. McLeod! Your young readers will be touched by this hilarious, heartwarming coming-of-age story as Archer journeys to become the best man he can be.
Another great tale filled with heart and humor from Newbery Medalist Richard Peck! Ages 9 and up. 240pp.