Past Perfect, Present Tense

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Penguin Young Readers Group, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 177 pages
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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.

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PAST, PERFECT, PRESENT TENSE: New and Collected Stories

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Divided into sections—stories set in the past, stories with a supernatural element, and stories set in the present—this collection of new and old tales from Newbery Award-winner Peck also includes ... Read full review

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User Review  - emilyh - Borders

Richard Peck has been a favorite author of mine for years and this once again confirmed all the good things about his writing that I knew to be true. The stories are insightful, entertaining, and a ... Read full review


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About the author (2006)

Richard Peck has written more than thirty novels, and in the process has become one of the country's most highly respected writers for children. In fact The Washington Post called him "America's best living author for young adults." A versatile writer, he is beloved by middle-graders as well as young adults for his historical and contemporary comedies and coming-of-age novels. He lives in New York City, and spends a great deal of time traveling around the country to speaking engagements at conferences, schools, and libraries.

Mr. Peck is the first children's book author to have received a National Humanities Medal. He is a Newbery Medal winner (for A Year Down Yonder), a Newbery Honor winner (for A Long Way from Chicago), a two-time National Book Award finalist, and a two-time Edgar Award winner. In addition, he has won a number of major honors for the body of his work, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award, and the Medallion from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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