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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. 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)
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A Long Way from Chicago 4,197 copies, 88 reviews
A Year Down Yonder 3,910 copies, 99 reviews
The River Between Us 1,335 copies, 51 reviews
Here Lies the Librarian 1,235 copies, 46 reviews
Fair Weather 1,008 copies, 17 reviews
A Season of Gifts 671 copies, 41 reviews
On The Wings of Heroes 533 copies, 14 reviews
Ghosts I Have Been 473 copies, 10 reviews
The Ghost Belonged to Me 417 copies, 12 reviews
Secrets at Sea 350 copies, 21 reviews
The Best Man 305 copies, 27 reviews
Are You in the House Alone? 298 copies, 11 reviews
Voices after Midnight 241 copies, 5 reviews
Amanda / Miranda 232 copies, 11 reviews
Remembering the Good Times 165 copies, 5 reviews
Secrets of the Shopping Mall 159 copies, 5 reviews
Past Perfect, Present Tense 145 copies, 4 reviews
The Last Safe Place on Earth 145 copies, 3 reviews
Strays Like Us 135 copies, 2 reviews
London Holiday 125 copies, 5 reviews
Three Quarters Dead 111 copies, 14 reviews
Don't Look and It Won't Hurt 95 copies, 1 review
Edge of Awareness (Editor) 94 copies, 2 reviews
Father Figure 88 copies, 3 reviews
Dreamland Lake 85 copies, 1 review
Lost in Cyberspace 79 copies, 2 reviews
Unfinished Portrait Of Jessica 73 copies, 1 review
Princess Ashley 66 copies, 1 review
Those Summer Girls I Never Met 56 copies, 1 review
Representing Super Doll 49 copies, 1 review
Close Enough to Touch 43 copies, 1 review
Anonymously Yours 35 copies, 2 reviews
This Family of Women 23 copies, 1 review
New York time 12 copies, 1 review

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