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Richard Peck (1934–2018)

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Richard Peck was born in Decatur, Illinois on April 5, 1934. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from DePauw University in 1956. After graduation, he served two years in the U.S. Army in Germany, where he worked as a chaplain's assistant writing sermons and completing paperwork. visa mer He received a master's degree in English from Southern Illinois University in 1959. He taught high school English in Illinois and New York City. He stopped teaching in 1971 to write a novel. His first book, Don't Look and It Won't Hurt, was published in 1972 and was adapted as the 1992 film Gas Food Lodging. He wrote more than 40 books for both adults and young adults including Amanda/Miranda, Those Summer Girls I Never Met, The River Between Us, A Long Way from Chicago, A Season of Gifts, The Teacher's Funeral, Fair Weather, Here Lies the Librarian, On the Wings of Heroes, and The Best Man. A Year down Yonder won the Newbery Medal in 2001 and Are You in the House Alone? won an Edgar Award. The Ghost Belonged to Me was adapted into the film Child of Glass. He received the MAE Award in 1990 and the National Humanities Medal in 2002. He died following a long battle with cancer on May 23, 2018 at the age of 84. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre


Verk av Richard Peck

A Long Way from Chicago (1998) 4,841 exemplar
A Year Down Yonder (2000) 4,412 exemplar
The River Between Us (2003) 1,527 exemplar
Here Lies the Librarian (2006) 1,398 exemplar
Fair Weather (1986) 1,151 exemplar
A Season of Gifts (2009) 768 exemplar
On The Wings of Heroes (2007) 624 exemplar
Ghosts I Have Been (1977) 508 exemplar
The Ghost Belonged to Me (1975) 449 exemplar
Secrets at Sea (2011) 440 exemplar
The Best Man (2016) 380 exemplar
ESTAS SOLA EN CASA (1976) 329 exemplar
Voices after Midnight (1989) 272 exemplar
Amanda/Miranda : roman (1980) 251 exemplar
Remembering the Good Times (1985) 176 exemplar
Secrets of the Shopping Mall (1979) 172 exemplar
Past Perfect, Present Tense (2004) 154 exemplar
The Last Safe Place on Earth (1933) 148 exemplar
Strays Like Us (2000) 145 exemplar
London Holiday (1998) 131 exemplar
Three Quarters Dead (2010) 117 exemplar
Through a Brief Darkness (1924) 114 exemplar
Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (1972) 102 exemplar
Edge of Awareness (1966) — Redaktör — 102 exemplar
Father Figure (1678) 94 exemplar
Lost in Cyberspace (1995) 92 exemplar
Dreamland Lake (1973) 90 exemplar
Unfinished Portrait Of Jessica (1991) 75 exemplar
Princess Ashley (1987) 70 exemplar
Those Summer Girls I Never Met (1988) 62 exemplar
Representing Super Doll (1974) 52 exemplar
Close Enough to Touch (1981) 48 exemplar
Anonymously Yours (1786) 35 exemplar
Rock: Making Musical Choices (1985) 23 exemplar
This Family of Women (1983) 23 exemplar
Love and Death at the Mall (1994) 16 exemplar
New York time (1981) 13 exemplar

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An absorbing tale of a poor family living in southern Illinois at the start of the US Civil War. I was so drawn into the story and characters that I read on, late into the night. Another excellent work by this author.
fuzzi | 52 andra recensioner | Jan 14, 2024 |
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's hard for me to even write a review of this book I loved it so much. So I guess I will just list things I loved about it.

-I loved Archer's voice.

-I loved the plot structure, bookended by weddings, and told as if Archer is talking to the reader, guiding the reader through his 1st grade year to his 6th grade year.

-I loved Archer's family: his cook/mechanic dad, his psychologist mom, his architect grandpa, his Uncle Paul. Even his irritating sister Holly and his witchy grandma.

-I loved that the book is realistic and not. Events are believable, but things like Lynette's overly mature outlook and the character of Little Lord Hilary are larger than life. See also: how often Archer's school makes headlines and Ms. Roebuck's computer incompetence. Stylistically, this enhances the feeling that Archer is trying to tell the reader a good story and perhaps fudging a bit to make it better, which accounts for things not being entirely believable.

-I love, love, loved Mr. McLeod (I had to Google how to pronounce that name - it's "McCloud"). I've complained in the past about too many children's books relying on the magic teacher trope - you know, like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. But Mr. McLeod, in my opinion, isn't a magic teacher stereotype. Sure, he's young and exciting, but there's way more to him than just being a great teacher.

-I love how funny and joyful this book is. Especially in 2016, which I dubbed the Year of Sad after reading offerings by some of kidlit's most prominent authors (see my review of [b:Maybe a Fox|25785754|Maybe a Fox|Kathi Appelt||45636443]).

I sincerely hope this will be one of our Mock Newbery books this year. Last year we got a little bit of resistance with [b:The Thing About Jellyfish|24396876|The Thing About Jellyfish|Ali Benjamin||43981451] because there was a relatively minor gay character. Being that most of our Mock Newbery participants are in 5th grade and this book is pretty squarely about 5th/6th graders, I feel confident we can put it on the ballot if the rest of the committee agrees that it's really high quality literature for kids.

And, you know, if it won the real Newbery, I wouldn't be upset.
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LibrarianDest | 29 andra recensioner | Jan 3, 2024 |
Pee Wee McGrath is not your typical girl of 1914. She can work on a car and get it to run, as she does at the family garage with her brother. She is perfectly happy this way, but change comes to her world with the arrival of four young women.

The Hendricks County Library has been closed since the death of the librarian. The four women have finished their educations in the area of library arts and have come to offer their services of opening the library again. Coming from well-to-do families in the Indianapolis are, they have not only the knowledge to restart the library, they have the funds to restore and improve it.

Showing up in some of the top end cars of the day, it turns out there is more to these ladies than their resources!

A home built race car, a dirt-track stock car race, shenanigans on the track and some determined characters make for a good mix and lively action.

Though it is a children’s book, Peck writes in a style that adults can enjoy too.
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