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Richard Peck (1934–2018)

Autor(a) de A Long Way from Chicago

58+ Works 22,487 Membros 599 Críticas 22 Favorited

About the Author

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. mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos


Obras por Richard Peck

A Long Way from Chicago (1998) 4,848 exemplares
A Year Down Yonder (2000) 4,413 exemplares
The River Between Us (2003) 1,527 exemplares
Here Lies the Librarian (2006) 1,398 exemplares
Fair Weather (1986) 1,152 exemplares
A Season of Gifts (2009) 769 exemplares
On The Wings of Heroes (2007) 624 exemplares
Ghosts I Have Been (1977) 508 exemplares
The Ghost Belonged to Me (1975) 449 exemplares
Secrets at Sea (2011) 440 exemplares
The Best Man (2016) 381 exemplares
Are You in the House Alone? (1976) 329 exemplares
Voices after Midnight (1989) 273 exemplares
Amanda / Miranda (1980) 251 exemplares
Remembering the Good Times (1985) 176 exemplares
Secrets of the Shopping Mall (1979) 172 exemplares
Past Perfect, Present Tense (2004) 154 exemplares
The Last Safe Place on Earth (1933) 148 exemplares
Strays Like Us (2000) 145 exemplares
London Holiday (1998) 131 exemplares
Three Quarters Dead (2010) 117 exemplares
Through a Brief Darkness (1924) 114 exemplares
Don't Look and It Won't Hurt (1972) 102 exemplares
Edge of Awareness (1966) — Editor — 102 exemplares
Father Figure (1678) 94 exemplares
Lost in Cyberspace (1995) 92 exemplares
Dreamland Lake (1973) 90 exemplares
Monster Night at Grandma's House (1800) 83 exemplares
Unfinished Portrait Of Jessica (1991) 75 exemplares
Princess Ashley (1987) 70 exemplares
Those Summer Girls I Never Met (1988) 62 exemplares
Representing Super Doll (1974) 52 exemplares
Close Enough to Touch (1981) 48 exemplares
Anonymously Yours (1786) 35 exemplares
Rock: Making Musical Choices (1985) 23 exemplares
This Family of Women (1983) 23 exemplares
Love and Death at the Mall (1994) 16 exemplares
New York time (1981) 13 exemplares

Associated Works

Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contribuidor — 764 exemplares
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contribuidor — 341 exemplares
Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young Adults (1985) — Contribuidor — 160 exemplares
Night Terrors: Stories of Shadow and Substance (1996) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Who Do You Think You Are?: Stories of Friends and Enemies (1993) — Contribuidor — 94 exemplares
Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (2006) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Destination Unexpected: Short Stories (2003) — Contribuidor — 77 exemplares
Visions: 19 Short Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
Acting Out (2008) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Decatur, Illinois, USA
Local de falecimento
Manhattan, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Illinois, USA
New York, USA
University of Oxford (Exeter College)
United States Army
Prémios e menções honrosas
National Humanities Medal (2001)
Boston Globe - Horn Book Award (2017)




An absorbing tale of a poor family living in southern Illinois at the start of the US Civil War. I was so drawn into the story and characters that I read on, late into the night. Another excellent work by this author.
fuzzi | 52 outras críticas | Jan 14, 2024 |
I LOVE THIS BOOK. It's hard for me to even write a review of this book I loved it so much. So I guess I will just list things I loved about it.

-I loved Archer's voice.

-I loved the plot structure, bookended by weddings, and told as if Archer is talking to the reader, guiding the reader through his 1st grade year to his 6th grade year.

-I loved Archer's family: his cook/mechanic dad, his psychologist mom, his architect grandpa, his Uncle Paul. Even his irritating sister Holly and his witchy grandma.

-I loved that the book is realistic and not. Events are believable, but things like Lynette's overly mature outlook and the character of Little Lord Hilary are larger than life. See also: how often Archer's school makes headlines and Ms. Roebuck's computer incompetence. Stylistically, this enhances the feeling that Archer is trying to tell the reader a good story and perhaps fudging a bit to make it better, which accounts for things not being entirely believable.

-I love, love, loved Mr. McLeod (I had to Google how to pronounce that name - it's "McCloud"). I've complained in the past about too many children's books relying on the magic teacher trope - you know, like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. But Mr. McLeod, in my opinion, isn't a magic teacher stereotype. Sure, he's young and exciting, but there's way more to him than just being a great teacher.

-I love how funny and joyful this book is. Especially in 2016, which I dubbed the Year of Sad after reading offerings by some of kidlit's most prominent authors (see my review of [b:Maybe a Fox|25785754|Maybe a Fox|Kathi Appelt|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1435872440s/25785754.jpg|45636443]).

I sincerely hope this will be one of our Mock Newbery books this year. Last year we got a little bit of resistance with [b:The Thing About Jellyfish|24396876|The Thing About Jellyfish|Ali Benjamin|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1439121354s/24396876.jpg|43981451] because there was a relatively minor gay character. Being that most of our Mock Newbery participants are in 5th grade and this book is pretty squarely about 5th/6th graders, I feel confident we can put it on the ballot if the rest of the committee agrees that it's really high quality literature for kids.

And, you know, if it won the real Newbery, I wouldn't be upset.
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LibrarianDest | 29 outras críticas | Jan 3, 2024 |
Pee Wee McGrath is not your typical girl of 1914. She can work on a car and get it to run, as she does at the family garage with her brother. She is perfectly happy this way, but change comes to her world with the arrival of four young women.

The Hendricks County Library has been closed since the death of the librarian. The four women have finished their educations in the area of library arts and have come to offer their services of opening the library again. Coming from well-to-do families in the Indianapolis are, they have not only the knowledge to restart the library, they have the funds to restore and improve it.

Showing up in some of the top end cars of the day, it turns out there is more to these ladies than their resources!

A home built race car, a dirt-track stock car race, shenanigans on the track and some determined characters make for a good mix and lively action.

Though it is a children’s book, Peck writes in a style that adults can enjoy too.
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ChazziFrazz | 47 outras críticas | Dec 25, 2023 |
hcs_admin | 52 outras críticas | Nov 15, 2023 |


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