Books by Robert Newton Peck

Per Nilsson was born in Mälmo in 1954. Today he lives in Sölvesborg with his four children. He trained as a mathematics and music teacher. For many years he worked part-time in a school and part-time as an author. Today he is a full-time author. He sees h


FICTION
Released: May 24, 2005

"There's nothing ordinary about the author or the wonderful folks he—and we—were privileged to meet. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Peck defines his fascinating life with vignettes that describe the extraordinary, ordinary persons he's encountered in boyhood, early manhood and in his later years. Read full book review >
BRO by Robert Newton Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

"Allusions to prison violence and a graphic scene out of Tug's memory make this a work for an older audience. (Fiction. 12+)"
Nine-year-old Tugwell Dockery doesn't speak. Read full book review >
HORSE THIEF by Robert Newton Peck
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A nobody at the beginning of the story, Tullis is, by the end, a hero, and readers will enjoy following his madcap route to glory. (Fiction. 12+)"
"It was the horses that held my heart. . . . It was worship." Read full book review >
EXTRA INNINGS by Robert Newton Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2001

"Tate's dark night passes between chapters, his healing brings the story to a strong close. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Memorable for its cast, if not its patchy plot, this tale revolves around a teenager regaining his balance, both figuratively and literally, after losing most of his upper-class family. Read full book review >
COWBOY GHOST by Robert Newton Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 1999

A disastrous cattle drive turns a boy into a man in this ripsnorter, set in Florida where, Peck (Soup Ahoy, 1994, etc.) avers, "the American cowboy originated." Read full book review >
NINE MAN TREE by Robert Newton Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The death of Velmer is gory; the tidy ending grates, but this is an exciting story, colorfully told. (Fiction. 10-13)"
In the Florida swamplands during the Depression, a giant, crazed, man-eating boarhog is terrorizing the community. Read full book review >
A PART OF THE SKY by Robert Newton Peck
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"We haven't waited long enough for this book."
The sequel to A Day No Pigs Would Die (1972) once again follows the young Robert Peck on his path to adulthood, but the strengths of the first novel — plain people, simple language, and old-fashioned Shaker values — are virtually parodied in this latest. Read full book review >
SOUP AHOY by Robert Newton Peck
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Likably casual soft-pencil drawings. (Fiction. 9-11)"
When a letter from Soup and Rob brings less-than-intrepid radio hero Sinker O. Sailor to Learning, Vermont, the whole town turns out for a picnic climaxed by Sinker's spectacular entrance, flying out of Suicide Flume aboard a daffy craft assembled by the boys from found materials. Read full book review >
SOUP IN LOVE by Robert Newton Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Accompanied by b&w drawings in Robinson's characteristically lively style. (Fiction. 9-12)"
For some, the "Soup" formula will begin to taste a little thin: again, Soup dreams up impossible schemes, Rob protests but goes along, and all ends well. Read full book review >
ARLY'S RUN by Robert Newton Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 25, 1991

"A well-told story. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In a sequel to Arly (1989), the spirited young picker's quest for a new home and family takes him along a rocky road. Read full book review >
HIGBEE'S HALLOWEEN by Robert Newton Peck
Released: Oct. 16, 1990

"Soup fans won't be disappointed in these new characters."
Striker family members (Bubonico, Convulsia, and their children: Canker, Fester, Hernia, Jaundice, Scurvy, Typhus, and Zitt) have terrorized the small town of Clod's Corner long enough; it's time for Higbee Higginbottom and his all-too-obedient buddy, Quincy Cobb, to spring (or, more accurately, slide) into action. Read full book review >
BASKET CASE by Robert Newton Peck
Released: March 2, 1979

"With all these shots he's bound to score occasionally, but the Henry Aldrich shenanigans pall."
Funny names are Peck's stock-in-trade, but this silly high school sitcom consists of little else, from the opening moment when Graffiti Prep's headmistress Portlee Stouter Winterbottom asks goof-off, hero Higbee Hartburn's help in the coming basketball game with Prat Falls High. Read full book review >
A DAY NO PIGS WOULD DIE by Robert Newton Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Jan. 1, 1972

"American heritage verities, in a nutshell, and the kind of sentiment many people cotton to."
Clean as a whistle, almost that first one, this deals with an earlier Robert Peck's growing up and coming of an age in a Shaker household in Learning, Vermont, round and about the time of Calvin Coolidge. Read full book review >