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Richard Peck (III)


Winner of the Newbery Award for his book "The Year Down Yonder." See more trivia »

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 1992 Gas, Food Lodging (novel "Don't Look and It Won't Hurt")
 1980 Father Figure (TV Movie) (novel)
 1979 CBS Library (TV Series) (story "The Ghost Belonged to Me" - 1 episode)
- Once Upon a Midnight Scary (1979) ... (story "The Ghost Belonged to Me")
 1978 Are You in the House Alone? (TV Movie) (based on the novel by)
  Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (novel "The Ghost Belonged To Me" - 1 episode, 1978) (novel "The Ghost Belonged to Me" - 1 episode, 1978)
- Child of Glass (1978) ... (novel "The Ghost Belonged To Me") / (novel "The Ghost Belonged to Me")

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Ironically, it was my students who taught me to be a writer, though I had been hired to teach them. They taught me that a novel must entertain first before it can be anything else. I learned that there is no such thing as a 'grade reading level'; a young person's 'reading level' and attention span will rise and fall according to his degree of interest. I learned that if you do not have a happy ... See more »


Richard Peck was born in Decatur, Illinois on April 5, 1934. He received a bachelor's degree in English from DePauw University in 1956. After college, he was drafted into the army and served as a soldier in Germany, ghost-writing sermons for chaplains. After the war, he became an English teacher, lecturing to middle school students in Illinois and New York City. While still teaching, he wrote a ... See more »

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