A Season of Gifts
A Season of Gifts
By Richard Peck
Puffin Books, Paperback, 9780142417294, 166pp.
Publication Date: October 14, 2010
One of the most adored characters in childrenOs literature is the eccentric, forceful, bighearted Grandma Dowdel, star of the Newbery Awardwinning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honorwinning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isnOt over. ItOs now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel: a minister and his wife and kids. Soon Mrs. Dowdel will work her particular brand of charm on all of them, and they will quickly discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital.
About the Author
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.
Praise For A Season of Gifts…
-This is one of Peck+s best novels yet-and that+s saying something.+-Kirkus Reviews, starred review