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Richard Peck

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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.

Peck is a private person "who is fastidious about what he allows others to know about himself. He knows, respects, and honors personal boundaries in ways that are refreshing for someone who grew up in the sixties and seventies, when every little personal thing was fair game." He currently lives in New York and splits his time between writing and traveling. Peck is an adjunct professor with Louisiana State University's School of Library and Information Sciences.
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Richard Peck recommends

Miss Spitfire (2007)
Sarah Miller
"Miss Spitfire is high drama about how language unlocks the world."
Leaving Gee's Bend
Leaving Gee's Bend (2010)
Irene Latham
"Ludelphia Bennett reaffirms the human spirit and defines survival in this beautifully stitched quilt of a novel."

Ashfall (2011)
(Ashfall, book 1)
Mike Mullin
"Mike Mullin's Ashfall glows and throbs with everyday life and the business of survival in a dystopic future, after an unthinkable disaster."

The Distance Between Lost and Found (2015)
Kathryn Holmes
"A page-turner about several kinds of survival and several kinds of faith. This is an imposing debut novel"

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light (2015)
Ann Jacobus
"A vivid portrayal of a girl in love with love and death."

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