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Award-Winning Richard Peck '56 Authors The River Between Us

December 14, 2003

December 14, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - "The tradition of Hoosier storytellers for children didn't end with James Whitcomb Riley. Several recent books with an Indiana connection prove this point," writes Rich Gotshall in today's Indianapolis Star. "The latest novel by... DePauw University grad Richard Peck, takes place during the Civil War, although that's a flashback from 1916. The River Between Us (176 pages, $16.99, Dial Books for Young Readers) focuses on race and acceptance when a young man encounters a young woman of uncertain heritage in New Orleans. The novel ends back in 1916 and a young man's discovery of his true parentage."

Read the article online by clicking here. Richard Peck, a 1956 graduate of DePauw, was the 2001 recipient of the Newbery Medal (the top prize for children's literature given by the American Library Association), the 2002 winner of the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, and the 1990 winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association in cooperation with School Library Journal. He also received the National Humanities Medal from President George W. Bush on April 22, 2002, the only children's book author to ever be so honored (read more here). He has written more than two dozen novels for young adults, including A Year Down Yonder, A Long Way from Chicago and Fair Weather.