Richard Peck

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-01
  • Publisher: Enslow Pub Inc

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Richard Peck is a Midwestern success story. Born and reared in Decatur, Illinois, he became a teacher but eventually quit his job to become a writer. But Peck could never fully leave the classroom. So now he reaches his students by writing books for them. Peck has an elegant way of creating quirky characters and historically accurate settings, and weaves them into a magical and extraordinary story. His 2001 Newbery winning book, A YEAR DOWN YONDER, is a Depression era novel about fifteen-year-old Mary Alice, who is sent by train from Chicago to live in the country with her feisty Grandma Dowdel. Peck now lives in New York City, but enjoys traveling the globe to meet teachers, librarians, students, and readers of all ages.

Table of Contents

Burning Bridgesp. 5
Farming the Folksp. 12
University Days-and Wartimep. 21
The English Teacherp. 30
A Higher Callingp. 37
Writing for Generation "Next"p. 43
The Newberys and the White Housep. 51
A Literary Maverickp. 62
A Teacher at Heartp. 73
In His Own Wordsp. 82
Chronologyp. 92
Selected Works of Richard Peckp. 95
Chapter Notesp. 97
Glossaryp. 106
Further Reading and Internet Addressesp. 110
Indexp. 111
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