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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) — biography from A Long Way from Chicago… (more)
A Long Way from Chicago 4,570 copies, 89 reviews
A Year Down Yonder 4,227 copies, 101 reviews
The River Between Us 1,456 copies, 50 reviews
Here Lies the Librarian 1,351 copies, 47 reviews
Fair Weather 1,100 copies, 18 reviews
A Season of Gifts 735 copies, 42 reviews
On The Wings of Heroes 588 copies, 15 reviews
Ghosts I Have Been 497 copies, 9 reviews
The Ghost Belonged to Me 434 copies, 13 reviews
Secrets at Sea 398 copies, 22 reviews
The Best Man 355 copies, 28 reviews
Are You in the House Alone? 320 copies, 11 reviews
Voices after Midnight 264 copies, 5 reviews
Amanda / Miranda 245 copies, 11 reviews
Remembering the Good Times 171 copies, 6 reviews
Secrets of the Shopping Mall 169 copies, 5 reviews
Past Perfect, Present Tense 150 copies, 5 reviews
The Last Safe Place on Earth 148 copies, 3 reviews
Strays Like Us 142 copies, 2 reviews
London Holiday 129 copies, 5 reviews
Three Quarters Dead 114 copies, 14 reviews
Don't Look and It Won't Hurt 99 copies, 1 review
Edge of Awareness (Editor) 98 copies, 2 reviews
Father Figure 93 copies, 3 reviews
Dreamland Lake 90 copies, 1 review
Lost in Cyberspace 89 copies, 2 reviews
Unfinished Portrait Of Jessica 75 copies, 1 review
Princess Ashley 71 copies, 1 review
Those Summer Girls I Never Met 64 copies, 1 review
Representing Super Doll 52 copies, 1 review
Close Enough to Touch 45 copies, 1 review
Anonymously Yours 35 copies, 2 reviews
This Family of Women 22 copies, 1 review
New York time 13 copies, 1 review
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