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“I read because one life isn't enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody;
I read because the words that build the story become mine, to build my life;
I read not for happy endings but for new beginnings; I'm just beginning myself, and I wouldn't mind a map;
I read because I have friends who don't, and young though they are, they're beginning to run out of material;
I read because every journey begins at the library, and it's time for me to start packing;
I read because one of these days I'm going to get out of this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, and I want to be ready.”
Richard Peck, Anonymously Yours
“Only the nonreader fears books. ”
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“I read.. because one life is not enough”
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“Anyone who thinks small towns are friendlier than big cities lives in a big city.”
Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
“[A young adult novel] ends not with happily ever after, but at a new beginning, with the sense of a lot of life yet to be lived.”
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“The years went by, and Mary Alice and I grew up, Slower than we wanted to, faster than we realized.”
Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago
“We write by the light of every story we have ever read. ”
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“Read to your children
Twenty minutes a day;
You have the time,
And so do they.
Read while the laundry is in the machine;
Read while the dinner cooks;
Tuck a child in the crook of your arm
And reach for the library books.
Hide the remote,
Let the computer games cool,
For one day your children will be off to school;
Remedial? Gifted? You have the choice;
Let them hear their first tales
In the sound of your voice.
Read in the morning;
Read over noon;
Read by the light of
Goodnight Moon.
Turn the pages together,
Sitting close as you'll fit,
Till a small voice beside you says,
"Hey, don't quit.”
Richard Peck
“Grandma, how old is she?"
"Oh I don't know." Grandma said. "You'd have to cut off her head and count the rings in her neck.”
Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
“This is how you hold onto your family. You hold them with open hands so they are free to find futures of their own. It's just that simple.”
Richard Peck, Secrets at Sea
“But put two librarians' heads together, and mountains move.”
Richard Peck, Here Lies the Librarian
“The only way you can write is by the light of the bridges burning behind you.”
Richard Peck
“I read because one life isn’t enough, and in the page of a book I can be anybody.”
Richard Peck
“September 11
We thought we'd outdistanced history
Told our children it was nowhere near;
Even when history struck Columbine,
It didn't happen here.

We took down the maps in the classroom,
And when they were safely furled,
We told the young what they wanted to hear,
That they were immune from a menacing world.

But history isn't a folded-up map,
Or an unread textbook tome;
Now we know history's a fireman's child
Waiting at home alone.”
Richard Peck, Invitations to the World: Teaching and Writing for the Young
“That meant I could come back whenever I could manage it. And she was telling me to go. She knew the decision was too big a load for me to carry by myself. She knew me through and through. She had eyes in the back of her heart.”
Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
“Because nobody but a reader ever became a writer.”
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“If you're going to read minds, start with a simple one.”
Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
tags: humor
“If you cannot find yourself on the page very early in life, you will go looking for yourself in all the wrong places.”
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“Never trust an ugly woman. She's got a grudge against the world,' said Grandma who was no oil painting herself.”
Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago
“I read because one of these days I'm going to get out of this town, and I'm going to go everywhere and meet everybody, and I want to be ready”
Richard Peck
“Humor is anger that was sent to finishing school.”
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“I caught a glimpse of happiness, and saw it was a bird on a branch, fixing to take wing.”
Richard Peck, The River Between Us
“...they'd just tell you to turn the other cheek, wouldn't they?...Trouble is, Mrs. Dowdel observed, after you've turned the other cheek four times, you run out of cheeks.”
Richard Peck, A Season of Gifts
“Besdies, to turn me ladylike might have rendered me useless and possibly ornamental.”
Richard Peck, Ghosts I Have Been
“I read because one life isn't enough. ”
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“Conformity is the enemy of friendship”
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“I read because one life isn't enough and in the pages of a book, I can be anybody.”
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“This was something Grandma Tilly couldn't understand---how war promises a boy it can make a man out of him.”
Richard Peck, The River Between Us
“She said that time was like the Mississippi River. It only flows in one direction. She meant you could never go back. But of course we had. She'd taken me back.”
Richard Peck, The River Between Us
tags: time
“She had eyes in the back of her heart.”
Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder
tags: love

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