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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Peck Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9780307207036
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Though Richard Peck is best known as a novelist, he has been writing short stories—rousing, provocative, and thoroughly entertaining—throughout his career. “Priscilla and the Wimps,” his first, 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 tale called “Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground”; and “The Electric Summer” was the jumping point for Fair Weather.
Compiled for the first time, here are all of Richard Peck’s stories: eleven previously published tales and two brand-new ones. He has also written engaging 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.
Vibrant and varied—from comic to supernatural, from historical to modern-day romantic—there’s something for everyone in the collected stories of Richard Peck. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanna | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed reading Peck's thoughts on the importance and strength of the short story form, and a few of the stories in this collection fulfill the promise he makes in his introduction. They are dazzlers, especially Waiting for Sebastian. That ghost story gave me the shivers, and felt complete. Unfortunately, the majority of these short stories gave me the feeling that I was reading a chapter from a longer work. I was not satisfied. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 2/10/2014

    " Richard Peck's short stories are always entertaining! Good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kari | 2/8/2014

    " My favorite story in this collection is titled, By Far the Worst Pupil at Long Point School. Richard Peck does humor so well, no wonder kids love him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Van James | 1/31/2014

    " this is a good book woth many short stories, with endings where you want to hear more, like when the boy who halucinated about a girl who was in an incident 30 years ago sees it, and you want to know, why, how, and you wanted to fid out more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Taylor | 1/28/2014

    " I just love Richard Peck! Fun stories and fun characters. Love his writing style. In between each section of stories he has a chapter where he just has a conversation with the reader and he makes it feel personal. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Naranjo | 1/26/2014

    " Super fun to read.... A little of everything! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherin | 1/26/2014

    " its not great, its ok for younger kids "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 1/22/2014

    " Some of the most charming short stories I've read in a while. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 1/18/2014

    " This took me back to all the great qualities of short stories. Each story was read the it's author. I was like listening to a wonderful radio show. I need to pick up more short stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 1/15/2014

    " Most of the stories in this collection are cleverly written. I particularly like Girl at the Window, she is trying to get back in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 1/13/2014

    " Richard Peck is a brilliant writer for middle school readers, and this collection is a great teaching tool as well as an entertaining read. Peck comments on the writing process and on what fiction means to him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 1/9/2014

    " It's fun to read Peck's thought processes about some of his different stories. Many of the stories in this collection are very good, some are more average. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristy Peacock | 1/2/2014

    " We enjoyed this book of short stories. I picked it up when RIchard Peck came here to do a talk. He is an enjoyable author to listen to as well. We read these stories out loud together and everyone in the family enjoyed them. Richard Peck has a fun sense of humor! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cass | 12/16/2013

    " A great collection of short stories that give start to some of the characters in later books. I go to the library and head to the "P" shelf in the junior fiction section and look for any and all Richard Peck books to see if by chance I have missed one. He is the BEST story teller! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/8/2013

    " Inspiring introductions to the sections. I plan to read portions of those intros to my students and I'll read them some of the stories, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 12/8/2013

    " A collection of short stories. The children begged for me to read these throughout the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 11/7/2013

    " I listened to this book, and I should have read it. One of the readers was pretty awful. This collection of short stories range from fabulous to just ok. The best part of this book (tape) is the advice to young readers in the beginning and at the end of this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Magda | 10/12/2013

    " I keep surprising myself by not thinking of Richard Peck, who is a wonderful author. The "past" and "present" stories were good, but this man writes seriously creepy ghost stories. I'm not sure I would have been able to handle them as a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malbadeen | 9/28/2013

    " short stories, with an essay on what distinguishes a short story as well as introductions to each read by the author. I'm a sucker for authors thoughts/reflections on...just about anything so I enjoyed it for that if nothing else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Van Kerckhove | 8/12/2013

    " Found this little gem at Powell's in Chicago. While his name was familiar, I didn't know his work. Good inspiration for getting into the Young Adult frame of a writerly mind. I especially like the ghost stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ally Gatien | 6/6/2013

    " This book was a different kind of book, where it gives you different short stories instead of one big one. I liked having something new to read and I liked the different stories in the book. Overall this book was okay and I do not think I would reccomend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 5/13/2013

    " Peck is an amazing writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Aker Howell | 5/11/2013

    " This si interesting to read because you can find the origins of many of the charcters from his later novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/17/2013

    " Picked this up to read the Blossom Culp short story, but enjoyed the rest of them too. Also I liked his writing advice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hapzydeco | 2/16/2013

    " Short stories as well as suggestion on how to write them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/4/2013

    " I'm a big Richard Peck fan, so it was interesting to read some of his shorter stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jody | 8/30/2012

    " If you are interested in writing, this is one of those great books writers write about writing. I loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kendall | 8/7/2012

    " My favorite was Shadows. Didn't like the rest as much... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 5/7/2012

    " This was a fantastic collection of short stories. I absolutely loved it. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Peck

Richard Peck has won almost every children’s fiction award, including the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Newbery Medal, the Scott O’Dell Award, and the Edgar, and he has twice been nominated for a National Book Award. He was the first children’s author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal.