Richard Peck

Richard Peck

by Amy Sickels
     
 

When he was 37 years old, Richard Peck quit his teaching career to see if he could become a writer. More than 30 years later, Peck is one of America's most popular young adult authors. Some of Peck's novels deal with traumatic subjects, such as teen suicide, the death of a loved one, and rape. Yet, he is also known for his ghost stories, comical novels, and

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When he was 37 years old, Richard Peck quit his teaching career to see if he could become a writer. More than 30 years later, Peck is one of America's most popular young adult authors. Some of Peck's novels deal with traumatic subjects, such as teen suicide, the death of a loved one, and rape. Yet, he is also known for his ghost stories, comical novels, and historical novels. Peck has published more than 30 books, which include Fair Weather, Strays Like Us, The Great Interactive Dream Machine, Ghosts I Have Been, and A Year Down Yonder, a Newbery Medal winner. He is also the recipient of a National Humanities Medal and the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement.

The Who Wrote That? series tells the life stories of some of the best-known and best-loved children's and young-adult authors. Each book provides insight into the personal life of an author whose works have resonated with young readers.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–9—This straightforward biography looks at the life and writing career of this popular YA author. Much of the material is pulled from previously published interviews, and the narrative sometimes seems like a dry recitation of facts and quotes. The photographs, other than a few of Peck himself, do not add much to the text. For example, there are stock photos of a typewriter, a mall, and random children from the 1940s. Endnotes are extensive and include lists of Peck's books and characters. This book might be useful for author reports, but there isn't much new material here. Try Don Gallo's Richard Peck: The Past Is Paramount (Scarecrow, 2008) for a neatly organized and thoroughly researched analysis that includes information gleaned from Gallo's conversations with the author.—Kristen Oravec, Flint Hill Middle School, Oakton, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791095300
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Who Wrote That? Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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