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Latest by Richard Peck '56 Among 'Best Children's Books in 2009'

December 30, 2009

Richard Peck LOC.jpgDecember 30, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — A Season of Gifts, "the latest in the Grandma Dowdel saga, by Newbery Medalist Richard Peck," is one of the "best children's books in 2009," according to Karen MacPherson of Scripps Howard News Service. Her list appears in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

A 1956 graduate of DePauw University, Richard Peck has been called "America's best living author for young adults" and was the first writer for young readers to receive a National Humanities Medal. Richard  Peck ASeasonOfGifts.jpgA former teacher, he published his debut novel in 1972. Are You In The House Alone? won the 1978 Edgar Allan Poe Award. His A Year Down Yonder won the Newbery Gold Medal in 2001. A Long Way From Chicago was a National Book Award finalist as was his Civil War novel, The River Between Us. All told, Peck has authored more than 30 books.

After winning the Newbery Medal, Peck told DePauw.edu that the University Audio Link[Download Audio: "Peck on DePauw" 603KB] "made a writer out of me. It warned me never to show my rough draft to anybody. That helps. I write each of my books six times because I have to, and it's the sixth version my editor sees and nothing before that. I learned that from DePauw professors."

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