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Award-Winning Author Richard Peck '56 Kicks Off California Book Drive

March 22, 2007

Richard Peck 2006.jpgMarch 22, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "Richard Peck's 30 novels -- all of them spiced with his unique sense of humor -- have addressed a long list of issues that affect young readers," begins an item on the 1956 DePauw University graduate in California's Sacramento Bee. "That will serve him well when he appears at two bookstores Saturday for the Bee Book Club. His appearances will coincide with the Bee's third annual Share a Story Children's Book Drive, which runs throughout April. Its goal is to foster literacy among the young by collecting donated books for direct distribution to children."

The newspaper notes that Peck's latest book, On the Wings of Heroes, was released last month. It "is set in a small town during World War II. The coming-of-age tale is about a boy's experiences on the home front."Richard Peck Heroes.jpg

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Richard Peck is the only children's book author to receive a National Humanities Medal. Called "America's best living author for young adults" -- he was the 2001 recipient of the Newbery Medal (the top prize for children's literature given by the American Library Association) for A Year Down Yonder. Peck was also 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.

Hear audio clips from a 2001 interview with the author, in which he discusses his DePauw education, in this previous story.

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