London Holiday finds three women leading ordinary lives: Lesley is a St. Louis society woman; Julia is a successful Manhattan interior designer; and Margo, a teacher, is the divorced mother of a teenager. Best friends since their Missouri childhood, they are awakened to the realities of their often dreary existences by a shocking act of violence. Now desperate for change, the three friends escape on a trip to London and the unexpected promise of new lives awaiting them. Safe in the cozy confines of Mrs. Smith-Porter's bed-and-breakfast, the women enter a gracious new world of tea in the garden, antique markets, lush countryside, and...romance.
From the Book Jacket: The 1999 Newbery Honor What happens when Joey and his sister, Mary Alice-two city slickers from Chicago-make their annual summer visits to Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town? August 1929: They see their first corpse, and he isn't resting easy. August 1930: The Cowgillboys terrorize the town, and Grandma fights back with a dead mouse and a bottle of milk. August 1931 : Joey and Mary Alice help Grandma to trespass, pinch property, poach, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry-all in one day. And there's more-much more-as Joey and Mary Alice make seven summer trips to Grandma's, each one funnier and more surprising than the year before. In the grand storytelling tradition of American humorists from Mark Twain to Flannery O'Connor, Richard Peck has created a memorable world filled with characters who, like Grandma herself, are larger than life and twice as entertaining. And year round, you are sure to enjoy your stay with them. Richard Peck created Grandma Dowdel in a short story called "Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground," which became the first chapter of this book. He says, "Grandma is too sizable to be confined in a single story, too sizable and mystifying to her growing grandchildren, who in each visit discover in her a different woman." Mr. Peck is the author of over twenty highly praised novels for young readers. His Dial titles are Strays Like Us; TheGreat Interactive Dream Machine, named to Voice of Youth Advocates' list of BestScience Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror for1996; and Lost in Cyberspace, which wasnominated for three state awards. His other books include Ghosts I Have Been, an ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults, and Father Figure, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Richard Peck is also a two-time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile mystery. He has received several awards for the body of his work, including the 1997 Empire State Award, given by the New York Library Association. He spent the first eighteen years of his life in Decatur, Illinois, "a middle-American town in a time when teenagers were considered guilty until proven innocent." He lives in New York City.
A summer they'll never forget. Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice--two city slickers from Chicago--visit Grandma Dowdel's seemingly sleepy Illinois town. Soon enough, they find that it's far from sleepy...and Grandma is far from your typical grandmother. From seeing their first corpse (and he isn't resting easy) to helping Grandma trespass, catch the sheriff in his underwear, and feed the hungry--all in one day--Joey and Mary Alice have nine summers they'll never forget! "A rollicking celebration of an eccentric grandmother and childhood memories." --School Library Journal, starred review "Each tale is a small masterpiece of storytelling." --The Horn Book, starred review "Grandma Dowdel embodies not only the heart of a small town but the spirit of an era gone by...Remarkable and fine." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review A Newbery Honor BookA National Book Award FinalistAn ALA Notable BookAn ALA Best Book for Young Adults
Meet Josh Lewis, a sixth grader at the elite Huckley School. When his best friend Aaron announces that he can time travel with his computer, Josh isn't fazed. But when Aaron actually microprocesses himself into cyberspace, the duo must deal with unexpected visitors from the past -- and find out more about Huckley's history than they ever wanted to know! "Amiable characters, fleet pacing, and witty,in-the-know narration will keep even the non-bookish interested. "-- Publishers Weekly .
Meet Josh Lewis, a sixth-grader at the exclusive Huckley School for Boys. Josh has some problems. His parents are separated, and his best friend, Aaron, thinks he can time-travel via computer. When Aaron vanishes into cyberspace, Josh's troubles really start.
The award-winning writer for young adults comments on the creative process; American values in schools, malls, and elsewhere; changing lifestyles and expectations; and how it all relates to the kinds of writing to which young readers respond.
Mindscapes brings together the very best of two centuries of writing on the vicissitudes of altered consciousness.
Daytime at Grandma's house is fine, but bedtime is terrifying when a monster seems to be about.
Newbery Award-winning author Richard Peck is at his very best in this fast-paced mystery adventure. Fans of The Tale of Desperaux, A Little Princess, and Stuart Little will all be captivated by this memorable story of a lovable orphan mouse on an amazing quest. The smallest mouse in London's Royal Mews is such a little mystery that he hasn't even a name. And who were his parents? His Aunt Marigold, Head Needlemouse, sews him a uniform and sends him off to be educated at the Royal Mews Mouse Academy. There he's called "Mouse Minor" (though it's not quite a name), and he doesn't make a success of school. Soon he's running for his life, looking high and low through the grand precincts of Buckingham Palace to find out who he is and who he might become. Queen Victoria ought to be able to help him, if she can communicate with mice. She is all-seeing, after all, and her powers are unexplainable. But from her, Mouse Minor learns only that you do not get all your answers from the first asking. And so his voyage of self-discovery takes him onward, to strange and wonderful places.
Barbara and Tom struggle for equilibrium in the heart of New York's East Side, after all those years of separate bathrooms, lawn services, and orderly cocktail parties conducted in a fog of Arpege and Old Spice. Barbara rises from the ruins of her marriage to find herself and the real meaning of love, as she heads out after the life she has always wanted.
Davy Bowman's dad and brother hung the moon. Dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy's brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now. World War II has invaded Davy's homefront boyhood. There's an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad's heart. It's an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry. Still, Richard Peck is a master of comedy, and even in this novel of wartime uncertainty, he infuses his tale with humor: oddballs and rascals and boyhood misadventures alongside the poignant moments. This is one of Richard Peck's very finest novels--a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II homefront and a family's love.
Davy Bowman's brother and their dad hung the moon. Dad looks forward to Halloween more than a kid, and Davy's brother, Bill, flies B-17s. Davy adores these two heroes and tries his best to follow their lead, especially now. World War II has invaded Davy's homefront boyhood. There's an air raid drill in the classroom, and being a kid is an endless scrap drive. Bill has joined up, breaking their dad's heart. It's an intense, confusing time, and one that will invite Davy to grow up in a hurry. Still, Richard Peck is a master of comedy, and even in this novel of wartime uncertainty, he infuses his tale with humor: oddballs and rascals and boyhood misadventures alongside the poignant moments. This is one of Richard Peck's very finest novels-a tender, unforgettable portrait of the World War II homefront and a family's love. .
Compiled for the first time, here are all of Newbery Award- winning author Richard Peck's previously published short stories and two brand-new ones. From comedy to tragedy to historical to contemporary; from "Priscilla and the Wimps," Peck's first short story, to "Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground," which inspired both A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder, to "The Electric Summer," Peck's jumping-off point for Fair Weather, readers will thrill at Peck's engaging short fiction. Complete with the author's own notes on the stories as well as tips and hints for aspiring writers and two new stories, this vibrant and varied collection offers something for everyone.
Though Richard Peck is best known as a novelist, he has been writing praised and popular short stories throughout his career. His first, Priscilla and the Wimps, is perhaps the most-read children's short story of all time. Others have inspired his award-winning novels: A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder began with a story called Shotgun Cheatham's Last Night Above Ground; and The Electric Summer was the jumping point for Fair Weather. Now here are thirteen of Richard Peck's stories, including all of his previously published tales and two brand-new ones. He has also written entertaining notes about the stories, an informative introduction about the genre, and tips on how to write short stories, including Five Helpful Hints that will be a valuable aid to aspiring authors.
In her new high school, where her mother has taken a job as counselor, Chelsea experiences joys and sorrows as she makes choices about new friends and learns they are not always what they seem.
How well do we know our best friends? They were the best of friends. Sixteen-year-old Buck Mendenhall first met Kate Lucas the summer before seventh grade. In eighth grade they made friends with the brilliant and wealthy newcomer, Trav Kirby. They didn't seem to need anyone else. Mostly they looked forward to the good times shared at Kate's house. It didn't matter if their classmates wondered about them; no one could unravel their binding ties. At least that's what they thought. When one of the trio finds the future too great a threat, the other two can only wonder: "How well did we know our best friend?" With humanity, wit, and a quiet intensity, Peck's novel depicts suicide as a turning point inward of the pressures in an alienated and violent society.
After being involved in the brittle superficial world of a beauty contest, a country girl appreciates even more the solid values of her Indiana farm life.
The year is 1861. Civil war is imminent and Tilly Pruitt's brother, Noah, is eager to go and fight on the side of the North. With her father long gone, Tilly, her sister, and their mother struggle to make ends meet and hold the dwindling Pruitt family together. Then one night a mysterious girl arrives on a steamboat bound for St. Louis. Delphine is unlike anyone the small river town has even seen. Mrs. Pruitt agrees to take Delphine and her dark, silent traveling companion in as boarders. No one in town knows what to make of the two strangers, and so the rumors fly. Is Delphine's companion a slave? Could they be spies for the South? Are the Pruitts traitors? A masterful tale of mystery and war, and a breathtaking portrait of the lifelong impact one person can have on another.
Tilly's mother takes in two mysterious young women, Delphine and Calinda. Is Calinda a slave to Delphine? Noah falls in love with Delphine and later runs away to war. Tilly and Delphine are sent after him. On the way, Tilly learns of Delphine's heritage.
One of children's literature's most memorable characters returns in this Christmastime companion to the Newbery Medal-winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor-winning A Long Way from Chicago.The eccentric, larger-than-life Grandma Dowdel is back in this heart-warming tale. Set 20 years after the events of A Year Down Yonder, it is now 1958 and a new family has moved in next door: a Methodist minister and his wife and kids. Soon Grandma Dowdel will work her particular brand of charm on all of them: ten-year-old Bob Barnhart, who is shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his two fascinating sisters; and even his parents, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital.As Christmas rolls around, the Barnhart family realizes that they've found a true home, and a neighbor who gives gifts that will last a lifetime. "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."--Kirkus (starred review) "The type of down-home humor and vibrant characterizations Peck fans have come to adore re-emerge in full."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "With a storyteller's sure tone, Peck has once again created a whole world in one small Illinois town, a place where the folksy wisdom and generosity of one gruff old woman can change lives."--School Library Journal (starred review) Publishers Weekly Best Books of the YearKirkus Reviews Best Books of the YearBooklist Editors' Choice
The eccentric, forceful, big-hearted Grandma Dowdel is back in this new story set during Christmas of 1958. A new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel, and soon she will work her particular brand of charm on all of them.
In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Desperaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story of the tiny individuals who secretly live among us humans. Helena is the oldest of four mouse siblings who live in the walls of the Cranston estate. It is 1887 when the nouveau riche Cranstons decide to take a cruise ship to England in search of a husband for their awkward older daughter. The Cranston mice stow away in the luggage . . . and so begins the time of their lives, as they meet intriguing, cosmopolitan mice onboard and take it upon themselves to help the human Cranston daughters find love. They might just find perfect futures for themselves as well! Full of laughs, near-misses, and surprise, this is Richard Peck at his best and most playful.
In the beloved tradition of The Borrowers, The Tale of Desperaux, and The Cricket in Times Square, here is an irresistible adventure story of the tiny individuals who secretly live among us humans. Helena is the oldest of four mouse siblings who live in the walls of the Cranston estate. It is 1887 when the nouveau riche Cranstons decide to take a cruise ship to England in search of a husband for their awkward older daughter. The Cranston mice stow away in the luggage . . . and so begins the time of their lives, as they meet intriguing, cosmopolitan mice onboard and take it upon themselves to help the human Cranston daughters find love. They might just find perfect futures for themselves as well!Full of laughs, near-misses, and surprise, this is Richard Peck at his best and most playful. .
From the Book jacket: Eighth-graders Barnie and Teresa are sick and tired of their troubled life at home. So with only four dollars between them, they hop a bus and head for Paradise Park. But Paradise Park turns out to be a huge suburban shopping mall-not quite what they were expecting. Four dollars doesn't last long and Barnie and Teresa get stuck in the mall. They spend their days and nights in the climate-controlled consumer paradise of a large department store. But just when they think they can live there unnoticed forever, they find that even Paradise Park has its secrets. Even in the dead of night, they are not alone.... "[Peck] pokes fun, exposes hypocrisy, and treats with refreshing humor subjects too often talked to death. It's not a pretty place Mr. Peck shows us, but he makes us laugh at ourselves and wonder what is going on in the marketplaces of our society." -The New York Times Book Review "The author's deft handling of dialogue, inventive plot, and action-filled sequences make a highly engrossing and effective combination'.' -Booklist RICHARD PECK is one of the most highly acclaimed and popular writers of fiction for young people. His many award-winning novels include the Blossom Culp books The Ghost Belonged to Me, Ghosts I Have Been. The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp, and Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death, available in Yearling and Laurel-Leaf editions. Mr. Peck lives in New York City.
Together, they won college football's highest award. This is a true, memorable, compassionate story of courage and love between two brothers. In 1973, while John Cappelletti was winning the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college football player in America, his younger brother Joey was suffering from leukemia. But John, now a running back for the Los Angeles Rams, had a very special medicine for Joey. It was called touchdowns. And John scored them in bunches because they were "Something for Joey". The story of the Cappelletti family is a story of courage you will never forget.