Richard Peck





Richard Peck

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born
in Decatur, IL, The United States
April 10, 1934

gender
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Paul Zindel


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Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

Richard Peck was born in 1934 in Decatur, Illinois, a town he describes as quiet and safe. His mother, Virginia, was a dietitian and his father, Wayne, was a merchant who often rode his Harley Davidson to work.

Richard was crazy about cars when he was young and took pride in the fact that he could instantly identify the make and model of each on-coming car. He went to college in Exeter, England and then served a stint in the army. He then became a junior high school teacher. He taught in Illinois and in New York City. Then his real steps into the writing professi
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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

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Mock Newbery 2015: Sequels 4 61 Oct 19, 2009 07:55AM  
Mock Newbery 2015: November Read - A Season of Gifts 9 63 Dec 06, 2009 02:18PM  
The Newbery Award...: 1999 Honor - A Long Way from Chicago 17 35 Feb 01, 2010 08:22AM  
The Newbery Award...: 2001 Medal Winner - A Year Down Yonder 1 6 Feb 08, 2010 09:36AM  
The Seasonal Read...: 25.10 - Belinda's Task - Let's Play The Name Game 51 169 May 31, 2010 10:18AM  
Wild Things: YA G...: Reading Challenge #5 - Tasks & Discussion 172 170 Sep 13, 2010 05:48PM  
Challenge: 50 Books: Emma's 50 books - COMPLETE 52 163 Nov 08, 2010 09:58AM  


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