Children's Literature - Beverly KobrinRichard Peck entitled his autobiographical work Anonymously Yours because he's "never written a conscious line of autobiography in my novels...." Yet, his autobiography is filled with people and events that appear in his novels in one guise or another. Among the insightful comments embedded throughout Mr. Peck's recollections is "A Teenager's Prayer" which ends "And give me nothing I haven't earned so that this adolescence doesn't last forever."
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-12 --Peck's autobiography is what one would expect--recollections of the author's Midwestern youth, college life at home and abroad, stint in the army, teaching career, and development as a writer. Excerpts from his books abound; he cites passages from his novels in which people and episodes from his life emerge. The full text of ``Priscilla and the Wimps,'' a short story with far-reaching effects, is also included. He concludes with advice for prospective writers; the first of eight rules is, ``Never write what you know. Write what you can find out.'' Good quality black-and-white photographs of the author and his family enhance the personal narrative. Although not so candid and innovative as M. E. Kerr's Me Me Me Me (HarperCollins, 1983), this memoir is nevertheless engaging and filled with insight into Peck's creative processes. --Pat Katka, San Diego Public Library
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