A Year Down Yonder Book
Score: 4
From 41 Ratings

A Year Down Yonder


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2002-11-21
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 0142300705

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A Year Down Yonder Excerpt :

A Newbery Medal Winner Richard Peck's Newbery Medal-winning sequel to A Long Way from Chicago Mary Alice's childhood summers in Grandma Dowdel's sleepy Illinois town were packed with enough drama to fill the double bill of any picture show. But now she is fifteen, and faces a whole long year with Grandma, a woman well known for shaking up her neighbors-and everyone else! All Mary Alice can know for certain is this: when trying to predict how life with Grandma might turn out . . . better not. This wry, delightful sequel to the Newbery Honor Book A Long Way from Chicago has already taken its place among the classics of children's literature. "Hilarious and poignant." —Publishers Weekly, starred review A Newbery Medal Winner A New York Times Bestseller An ALA Notable Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults A Booklist Best Book of the Year A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Long Way From Chicago Book
Score: 4
From 49 Ratings

A Long Way From Chicago


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2000-10-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101664360

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A Long Way From Chicago Excerpt :

A Newbery Honor Book A summer they'll never forget. Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice—two city slickers from Chicago—visit Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy...and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn't resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry—all in one day—Joey and Mary Alice have nine summers they'll never forget! "A rollicking celebration of an eccentric grandmother and childhood memories." —School Library Journal, starred review "Each tale is a small masterpiece of storytelling." —The Horn Book, starred review "Grandma Dowdel embodies not only the heart of a small town but the spirit of an era gone by...Remarkable and fine." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review A Newbery Honor Book A National Book Award Finalist An ALA Notable Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A Season of Gifts Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

A Season of Gifts


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2010-10-14
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101664421

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A Season of Gifts Excerpt :

One of children's literature's most memorable characters returns in this Christmastime companion to the Newbery Medal-winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago. The eccentric, larger-than-life Grandma Dowdel is back in this heart-warming tale. Set 20 years after the events of A Year Down Yonder, it is now 1958 and a new family has moved in next door: a Methodist minister and his wife and kids. Soon Grandma Dowdel will work her particular brand of charm on all of them: ten-year-old Bob Barnhart, who is shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his two fascinating sisters; and even his parents, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital. As Christmas rolls around, the Barnhart family realizes that they’ve found a true home, and a neighbor who gives gifts that will last a lifetime. “Pitch-perfect prose, laced with humor and poignancy, strong characterization and a clear development of the theme of gifts one person can offer make this one of Peck’s best novels yet—and that’s saying something.”—Kirkus (starred review) “The type of down-home humor and vibrant characterizations Peck fans have come to adore re-emerge in full.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “With a storyteller's sure tone, Peck has once again created a whole world in one small Illinois town, a place where the folksy wisdom and generosity of one gruff old woman can change lives.”—School Library Journal (starred review) Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year Booklist Editors’ Choice

Richard Peck Book

Richard Peck


  • Author : Kimberly Campbell
  • Publisher : Enslow Publishers, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2007-06-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 116
  • ISBN 10 : 0766027236

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Richard Peck Excerpt :

Describes the life and accomplishments of the Newbery Award-winning author of "A Year Down Yonder."

On The Wings of Heroes Book
Score: 4.5
From 15 Ratings

On The Wings of Heroes


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-10-16
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440652578

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On The Wings of Heroes Excerpt :

Davy Bowman’s dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy’s brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now. World War II has invaded Davy’s homefront boyhood. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad’s heart. It’s an intense, confusing time, and one that will spur Davy to grow up in a hurry. This is one of Richard Peck’s finest novels—a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II home front and a family’s enduring love.

Secrets at Sea Book
Score: 3.5
From 11 Ratings

Secrets at Sea


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-10-13
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101535776

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Secrets at Sea Excerpt :

The adorable tale of a family of mice stowaways on an adventurous ship's journey In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Despereaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story about the tiny creatures who secretly live among us humans, as only Newbery Medal winner Richard Peck could imagine it. Set on a grand cruise ship to England in 1887, this beautifully illustrated tale of a charming family of mice is full of laughs, near misses, and surprises. Multiple-award-winning author Richard Peck at his best and most playful!

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2013-07-02
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101592267

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The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail Excerpt :

Set off on an amazing quest with this lovable orphaned mouse. The tiniest mouse in the Royal Mews is such a mystery he doesn’t even know his own name! He scampers off on a epic adventure in and around Buckingham Palace with a plan to seek the advice of Queen Victoria. The exhilarating journey takes him to strange and wonderful places, but will it help him discover who he is and where he came from? This delightful follow-up to the acclaimed Secrets at Sea from Newbery Medal winner Richard Peck is full of laughs, surprises and excitement. “This clever yarn should delight fans of animal adventure stories.” —Booklist, starred review “Readers will gleefully suspend disbelief as they trace Mouse Minor’s exciting journey.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Fair Weather Book
Score: 4.5
From 10 Ratings

Fair Weather


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2003-03-24
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101664391

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Fair Weather Excerpt :

Thirteen-year-old Rosie Beckett has never strayed further from her family's farm than a horse can pull a cart. Then a letter from her Aunt Euterpe arrives, and everything changes. It's 1893, the year of the World's Columbian Exposition-the "wonder of the age"-a.k.a. the Chicago World's Fair. Aunt Euterpe is inviting the Becketts to come for a visit and go to the fair! Award-winning author Richard Peck's fresh, realistic, and fun-filled writing truly brings the World's Fair-and Rosie and her family-to life.

Here Lies the Librarian Book
Score: 3
From 27 Ratings

Here Lies the Librarian


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 172
  • ISBN 10 : 0803730802

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Here Lies the Librarian Excerpt :

Fourteen-year-old Eleanor "Peewee" McGrath, a tomboy and automobile enthusiast, discovers new possibilities for her future after the 1914 arrival in her small Indiana town of four young librarians.

The Ghost Belonged to Me Book
Score: 3.5
From 12 Ratings

The Ghost Belonged to Me


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 1997-09-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101142509

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The Ghost Belonged to Me Excerpt :

Only Alexander knows why the barn is haunted—-and by what When Alexander notices an eerie light coming out of the barn,. He thinks his friend Blossom Culp is trying to spook him. But strange things really are happening there. Slimy footprints appear out of nowhere, and whimpering sounds float down from the hayloft. And when he ventures into the barn in the dark of night, his breath catches in his throat. Suddenly Blossom's words come back to him: "You can make contact with the Unseen...." Now there's a girl ghost standing right in front of him, telling him of great danger ahead. But is there time for Alexander to act on her warning? Blossom Culp #1 “Peck’s blending of mystery and humor makes an unusual and entertaining ghost story.” —Booklist, starred review

Past Perfect  Present Tense Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Past Perfect Present Tense


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-04-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101664407

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Past Perfect Present Tense Excerpt :

Compiled for the first time, here are all of Newbery Award– winning author Richard Peck’s previously published short stories and two brand-new ones. From comedy to tragedy to historical to contemporary; from "Priscilla and the Wimps," Peck’s first short story, to "Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground," which inspired both A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, to "The Electric Summer," Peck’s jumping-off point for Fair Weather, readers will thrill at Peck’s engaging short fiction. Complete with the author’s own notes on the stories as well as tips and hints for aspiring writers and two new stories, this vibrant and varied collection offers something for everyone.

The Way to Stay in Destiny Book
Score: 3
From 3 Ratings

The Way to Stay in Destiny


  • Author : Augusta Scattergood
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Release Date : 2015-01-06
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780545633642

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The Way to Stay in Destiny Excerpt :

From the author of the acclaimed GLORY BE, a novel that celebrates baseball, fast piano, and small-town living in the wake of the Vietnam War. When Theo gets off a bus in Destiny, Florida, he's left behind the only life he's ever known. Now he's got to live with Uncle Raymond, a Vietnam War vet and a loner who wants nothing to do with this long-lost nephew. Thank goodness for Miss Sister Grandersole's Boarding House and Dance School. The piano that sits in Miss Sister's dance hall calls to Theo. He can't wait to play those ivory keys. When Anabel arrives things get even more enticing. This feisty girl, a baseball fanatic, invites Theo on her quest to uncover the town's connection to old-time ball players rumored to have lived there years before. A mystery, an adventure, and a musical exploration unfold as this town called Destiny lives up to its name. Acclaimed author Augusta Scattergood has delivered a straight-to-the-heart story with unforgettable characters, humor, and hard questions about loss, family, and belonging.

Are You in the House Alone  Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Are You in the House Alone


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2000-04-01
  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101664384

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Are You in the House Alone Excerpt :

An updated look for the classic YA thriller from genre heavyweight Richard Peck Sixteen-year-old Gail is living the upper-class suburban life when she begins receiving terrifying phone calls and notes in her locker. And the calls keep coming. When she's attacked by the town's golden boy everyone refuses to take action against him and his powerful family. A frightening drama that deals with heavy teen issues and the idea of justice (or lack thereof) from bestselling author Richard Peck.

Where the Crawdads Sing Book
Score: 4
From 237 Ratings

Where the Crawdads Sing


  • Author : Delia Owens
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2018-08-14
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 386
  • ISBN 10 : 9780735219113

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Where the Crawdads Sing Excerpt :

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE—The #1 New York Times bestselling worldwide sensation with more than 15 million copies sold, hailed by The New York Times Book Review as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative and a celebration of nature.” For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life—until the unthinkable happens. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

Ghosts I Have Been Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

Ghosts I Have Been


  • Author : Richard Peck
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2001-04-23
  • Genre: Juvenile Fiction
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101664353

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Ghosts I Have Been Excerpt :

Upon discovering that she has the gift of Second Sight, Blossom also learns that whether glimpsing the future or traveling into the past, one is powerless to alter history.