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Book by Richard Peck '56 Offers Young Readers "A Voice and Empathy"

December 15, 2007

Richard Peck Heroes.jpgDecember 15, 2007, Greencastle, Ind. - "Choosing a few good books to recommend from the universe of great children's literature is a daunting task," writes Glenda Childress in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her article recommends "Children's books with a voice and empathy," among them, On the Wings of Heroes by 1956 DePauw University graduate Richard Peck.

Of the book by the Newbery Medal-winning Peck, Childress summarizes: "Davy Bowman idolizes his brother, a B-17 bombardier, but as the war drags on, he learns there are many ways to be a hero, on the front lines and on the home front, in this intimate look at small-town life during World War II."

Childress also recommends books for young people by Lauren Tarshis, Brian Selznick and Christopher Paul Curtis, among others. "(They) were selected for their highly favorable reviews from a variety of critics, as well as for their unique voice and creative presentation, their appeal to young and middle readers (ages 4 to 13), and their skill at creating an emotional connection with their readers."

You'll find the complete text at the Inquirer's Web site.Richard Peck 2006.jpg

Richard Peck has been called "America's best living author for young adults." The first children's book author to receive a National Humanities Medal and a former teacher, Peck 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.

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