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Upcoming Book by Richard Peck '56 a Recommended Halloween Read

September 29, 2010

Richard_Peck 010a.jpgSeptember 29, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "And for a ghoulish young-adult novel, go no further than Edgar Award-winning author Richard Peck's Three Quarters Dead (Dial; 208 pages; $16.99; ages 12-up), which adds a spooky overlay to the power of peer pressure," notes a San Francisco Chronicle column recommending Halloween-related books. The book by Peck, a 1956 graduate of DePauw University, "might serve as a cautionary tale as well: The undead girl who texts our high school heroine from the great beyond got there after she drove her SUV, loaded with her two best friends, into a tree because she was texting while driving," writes Regan McMahon.

Three Quarters Dead is scheduled for release on October 28.

Access the article at the newspaper's website.

three_quarters_dead peck.jpgRichard Peck was the first writer for young readers to receive the National Humanities Medal. 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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