Close enough to touch

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Delacorte Press, 1981 - Juvenile Fiction - 133 pages
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Matt Moran transforms his pain at the loss of Dory into new feelings for the older, beguiling, and opinionated Margaret and learns about losing, taking chances, and starting over.

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Review: Close Enough to Touch

User Review  - Bethany - Goodreads

Another re-read from childhood (thanks, Amazon!) This one was not quite as good as I remember it being, the story was a little more transparent than I remember (perhaps because I read it so many times ... Read full review

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User Review  - Carrie Goodall - Goodreads

This is the first book that ever made me cry. Richard Peck is amazing and underrated. Not by librarians, but by young readers. I wish I could get more kids to read his books. Read full review

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About the author (1981)

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 column on the architecture of historic neighborhoods for the New York Times and contributed articles to the Saturday Review of Literature and the Chicago Tribune as well as other magazines and newspapers. Peck quit teaching on May 2, 1971. He went home and started writing right away. He wrote his first novel, Don't Look and It Won't Hurt, and brought it to Holt, Rinehart and Winston (now Henry Holt). An editor called him on the following morning to say it had been accepted and they wanted a second novel. He has written more than 30 books for both adults and young adults. A Year down Yonder won the Newbery Medal in 2001 and Are You in the House Alone? won an Edgar Award. In 1990, Richard Peck received the MAE Award, a prestigious award sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association in cooperation with School Library Journal. His books have also received or been finalists for the National Book Award, ALA Notable Books, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

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