The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Richard Peck

Family drama

Decatur, Illinois
April 5, 1934

Blossom Culp Series

“I can only assume that the enduring [themes of young adult literature] will have nothing to do with the sexual revolution, the drug culture, and racial politics. The young now and in the future are not going to be able to solve these problems. It's a sickness from the '60s that we ever expected them to,” Richard Peck said in Literature for Today's Young Adults.

“I imagine that the most acceptable new titles of the 1990s will be books about the sorrows of friendship and the painful necessity of growing up in a world new to no one but yourself. Books that include a little cautious nudge of optimism to offset what is blaring from a TV without an off knob. Books that invite the young to think for themselves instead of for each other.”

Peck, the son of a merchant and a dietician, attended the University of Exeter in England, DePauw University, and Southern Illinois University. He did graduate work at Washington University in 196061. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, Peck taught college and high school English from 1958 to 1971. Then he began writing, with a ready supply of material from his teaching days.

Peck has received numerous awards for his works: the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery, in 1976, for Are You in the House Alone?; the New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year, in 1977, for Ghosts I Have Been; the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults, in 1981, for Close Enough to Touch; in 1985, for Remembering the Good Times; and in 1987, for Princess Ashley. He

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