Book Review: Here Lies the Librarian

Here Lies the Librarian by Richard Peck
Here Lies the Librarian
by Richard Peck

5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Jake and Peewee have a run-down country car garage that used to be a livery stable before the Model-T came roaring down the dirt roads of their little town. Jake loves to tinker with the newest automobiles, dreaming of building his own racecar someday, and Peewee is no slouch when it comes to repairing a brake line or patching up a punctured tire. When Irene, the new librarian, comes motoring along in beautiful clothes and an astonishing hat, Jake and Peewee’s lives will never be the same.

I fell in love with this book by the second chapter. I loved the plot, the classic 1910s setting, the kooky characters, the mysterious new librarian, and the hilarious antics of the farmers and rough-and-tumble country folk.
Peewee is adorable and smart. I love seeing how Peewee starts out with this backwoods ignorance and gradually receives a more sophisticated education from the friendship of the new librarian. Peewee is a perfect narrator for this story, telling the tale with bold panache and a sensitive heart.

The best part about this book is the solid sibling relationship between Peewee and Jake. They are both such strong characters, and I loved their camaraderie and firm family bond. They always stick up for each other, sharing each adversity and blessing alike.

All the supporting characters are quirky and hilarious! I loved how vividly they are painted, and how they bring a rowdy energy to the story. And the librarian is delightfully proper without being prim, providing a wonderful contrast to the country bumpkins.

I can’t even describe how fantastic the plot is! I never knew what was going to happen next, and nothing turned out the way I thought it would. It’s a wild ride with car crashes, races, theft, fraud, and grave-robbing, and a dozen madcap adventures on the back roads. The dialogue is insanely hilarious! I was laughing my head off during the librarian’s interview for the library job.

I can’t wait to read more books from this author!

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