Search Results: "Richard Peck"


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AMANDA/MIRANDA by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: March 11, 1980

"All in all, a gorgeously romantic, implausible affair comfy as eiderdown."
Peck has unearthed one of the hoariest of chimney-corner romantic devices—the wobbly course of love and intrigue when two young things of diverse origins and temperament look exactly alike and cross destinies; and he displays it here in late-Edwardian satin, with agile prose and a straight face. Read full book review >

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A SEASON OF GIFTS by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"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. (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
According to 12-year-old Bob, "We Barnharts had moved in next door to a haunted house, if a house can be haunted by a living being." Read full book review >

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THREE QUARTERS DEAD by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 2010

"Probably more for fans of Cecily Von Ziegesar than Lois Duncan. (Horror. 12 & up)"
Self-described follower Kerry ("I was always a step behind. I lived back there") finds herself in over her head when she is unexpectedly adopted by the three coolest girls in school. Read full book review >

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FAIR WEATHER by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Not up to its promise, but good fun nonetheless. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Into the quiet, routinized farm life of 14-year-old Rosie, older sister Lottie, and younger brother Buster comes a letter from Aunt Euterpe in Chicago, inviting them to the 1893 World's Fair. Read full book review >

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UNFINISHED PORTRAIT OF JESSICA by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"They won't be disappointed: this is one of his best. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a season with two outstanding novels (both by women) hinging on failed mothers (Journey, p. 1013; Monkey Island, p. 857), another fine novel to right the balance: Jessica's charismatic dad is a childish, unproductive womanizer; her mother, whom she first presents as a nonentity, has blossomed by book's end into nurturer, role model, and friend. Read full book review >

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THE BEST MAN by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious—take a bite. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Male role models aren't a scarce commodity for Archer Magill, but when two of them fall in love, what does that mean for his comprehension of the weird world of adults? Then there's all that impending puberty stuff. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK TIME by Richard Peck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1981

"Overall: lots of fine witchy humor, but not enough motor power to carry a familiar tale over the top of sentiment."
Through the traumas of mid-westerner Barbara Renfrew, class of '65, Peck takes zippy aim at some very broad targets: the dear dead days of college sororities, felt skirts, and garter belts; middle-exec Chicago suburbia; lower-exec Mafia digs in New Jersey; and moldering Manhattan. Read full book review >

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DREAMLAND LAKE by Richard Peck
FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1973

"The message is somewhat less than meets the eye, but for boys at a certain stage of growing up, Dreamland Lake projects a firm reality."
Not once, but three different times, Brian Bishop finds himself staring into the "Awful Face of Death." Read full book review >

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VOICES AFTER MIDNIGHT by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 1989

"A quick-moving, neatly plotted time fantasy, with thoroughly likable characters, bantering dialogue, and just the right touch of romance."
Chad—a frank, ingenuous 14-year-old Californian—tells what happens when his family rents an old New York town house on East 73rd for two weeks one summer: farewell to beaches and barbeques, hello Central Park and—after slipping into several other times—the Blizzard of 1888. Read full book review >

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A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO by Richard Peck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Remarkable and fine. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In a novel that skillfully captures the nuances of small-town life, an elderly man reminisces about his annual trips from Chicago to his grandmother's house in rural Illinois during the Depression. Read full book review >

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THE LAST SAFE PLACE ON EARTH by Richard Peck
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 1995

"Nevertheless, this is a provocative novel about important issues. (Fiction. 12+)"
The Tobins have moved to Walden Woods because they thought they would be safe in the friendly, upscale community, with an excellent school system. Read full book review >

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LONDON HOLIDAY by Richard Peck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"A thoroughly silly, predictable tale from a prolific YA author."
A slight story about three girlhood friends, now in midlife crisis, who take a London holiday that miraculously takes care of all their problems. Read full book review >