Richard Peck '56 to Publish Season of Gifts This Fall
February 23, 2009
February 23, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — New books for young readers scheduled to be published in the fall of this year include "Season of Gifts by Richard Peck, in which Grandma Dowdel (star of A Year Down Yonder) returns," notes Publishers Weekly. The book will be released by Penguin/Dial.
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A 1956 graduate of DePauw University, Richard Peck has been called "America's best living author for young adults" and was the first children's book author to receive a National Humanities Medal. 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. He was also the 2007 winner of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library's Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Award for Literature, the 2002 recipient of the Chicago Tribune Prize for Young Adult Fiction, and the 1990 winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award.
He is the author of more than 30 books for young people, including Here Lies the Librarian; The River Between Us; and The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts.
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