The Best Man

Bullying Awareness & Prevention
LGBTQ People & Homophobia/Heterosexism
The Best Man Book Cover
Author(s):
Richard Peck
Age Group:
9-12
Publisher:
Dial Books for Young Readers
ISBN:
978-0803738393
Year:
Bullying Awareness & Prevention
LGBTQ People & Homophobia/Heterosexism

Archer Magill has spent a lively five years of grade school in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great vintage car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be like. Along the way he finds a fourth—Mr. McLeod, a military-based student teacher who both disrupts Archer’s class and enriches it. In response to antigay bullying, Mr. McLeod gives the students a lecture in which he publicly outs himself, a particularly poignant moment. Outside school, Archer also shares daily adventures with his father, his grandfather, and his uncle Paul, whose romantic interest in Mr. McLeod might just well lead to a second wedding in which he has a starring role.

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