Richard Wayne Peck (April 5, 1934 – May 23, 2018) was an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder (the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago). For his cumulative contribution to young-adult literature, he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1990.

Books in order of publication:

Anthologies edited

  • Edge of Awareness: 25 Contemporary Essays, eds. Ned E. Hoopes and Peck (Laurel Leaf Library, 1966)
  • Sounds and Silences: Poems For Now (Delacorte Press, 1970)
  • Mindscapes: Poems for the Real World (Delacorte, 1971)
  • Leap Into Reality: Essays For Now (Laurel Leaf, 1973)
  • Pictures That Storm Inside My Head: Poems for the Inner You (Avon Books, 1976)

Collections

  • Past Perfect, Present Tense: New and Collected Stories (Dial, 2004)

Novels

Several of these books have the subtitle “a novel”.

  • Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt (1972)
  • Dreamland Lake (1973)
  • Through a Brief Darkness (1973)
  • Representing Super Doll (1974)
  • The Ghost Belonged to Me (1975)
  • Are You in the House Alone? (1976)
  • Ghosts I Have Been (1977)
  •  Monster Night at Grandma’s House, illus. Don Freeman (1977)
  • Father Figure (1978)
  • Secrets of the Shopping Mall (1979)
  • Amanda/Miranda (1980)
  • Close Enough to Touch (1981)
  • New York Time
  • The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp (1983)
  • This Family of Women (1983)
  • Remembering the Good Times (1985)
  • Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death (1986)
  • Princess Ashley (1987)
  • Those Summer Girls I Never Met (1988)
  • Voices After Midnight (1989)
  • Unfinished Portrait of Jessica (1991)
  • Bel-Air Bambi and the Mall Rats (1993)
  • Lost in Cyberspace! (1995)
  • The Last Safe Place on Earth (1995)
  • The Great Interactive Dream Machine: Another Adventure in Cyberspace (1996)
  • London Holiday (1998)
  • A Long Way from Chicago (1998)
  • Strays Like Us (1998)
  • A Year Down Yonder (2000)
  • Fair Weather (2001)
  • The River Between Us (2003)
  • The Teacher’s Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts (2004)
  • Here Lies The Librarian (2006)
  • On the Wings of Heroes (2007)
  • A Season of Gifts, illus. Brandon Dorman (2009)
  • Three Quarters Dead (2010)
  • Secrets at Sea, illus. Kelly Murphy (2011)
  • The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail, illus. Kelly Murphy (2013)
  • The Best Man (2016)

Nonfiction

  • Consumer’s guide to educational innovations, Mortimer Smith, Peck, and George Weber (Washington: Council for Basic Education, 1972)
  • The Creative Word, Vol. 2, Peck and Stephen N. Judy (Random House English series, Random House Schoolbook Division, 1973)
  • Transitions: a literary paper casebook (Random House English, 1974)
  • Urban Studies: a research paper casebook (Random House English, 1974)
  • Housing and Local Government: a research guide for policy-makers and planners, Harry J. Wexler and Peck (Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1975)
  • Write a Tale of Terror (O’Fallon, MO: Book Lures, 1987;
  • Anonymously Yours (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: J. Messner, 1991), autobiography
  • Love and Death at the Mall: Teaching and Writing for the Literate Young (Delacorte, 1994)
  • Invitations to the World: Teaching and Writing for the Young (Dial, 2002)