Nutmeg Intermediate
Nutmeg Intermediate Book Discussion - The Best Man
Canton Public Library

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:30 PM
or call --860-693-5800.
The book club will discuss The Best Man, by Richard Peck. “Two weddings bracket this amusing and ultimately moving novel narrated by 12-year-old Archer. In the first ceremony, he's a 6-year-old ring bearer suffering from an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. In the second, he's the best man, resplendent in his first elegant suit. The episodic story covers all six years in between, though it focuses on the last two: fifth grade … and sixth, which brings a death and a wedding in the family. In two satisfying scenes, school bullies are brought low by adults. The novel's distinctive characters are so believable that their lives seem to go on beyond the book. Always two steps behind his friend Lynette in comprehending what's going on around him, Archer has a stout heart, an open mind, and good intentions. For years, he tends to parrot others' opinions, but when he finally puts his own ideas together and speaks from the heart, his words and his timing couldn't be better. This intergenerational story unfolds with a refreshing lack of sentimentality, and an emphasis on fathers and other male role models. Archer's dad, his grandfather, and his gay uncles are portrayed with particular affection and respect. A witty, engaging novel from a master storyteller (Booklist).” We’ll have a snack, and finish with a fun, book-themed craft. More than a book club, the group samples the intermediate grades’ nominees of the 2019 statewide Nutmeg Book Award so they can help determine which book will get the award. Grades 4-6. Pick up a copy at the circulation desk before the discussion. Free; registration is required, either by phone or on the website under Upcoming Programs. Space is limited.

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