Richard Peck was one of the first writers I met when I joined the YA community in 1996. We spoke many times over the next couple of decades, and he was always as he was the first time we met–gracious, kind, witty, and welcoming. To say he will be missed is an understatement. If you never knew him as a person, there’s still the chance to know him as a writer. Psst. They’re pretty much the same thing.
There was an outpouring of love and sadness from the children’s publishing community when word spread Thursday morning that author Richard Peck had died at age 84. The two-time Newbery Medal winner