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Richard Peck Talks with Roger (Video Edition)


Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. The Best Man, Richard Peck’s newest novel, will be published by Dial Books for Young Readers in September. It was wonderful to have the chance to catch up with Richard […]

Richard Peck Talks with Roger | additional videos


Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. This is The Horn Book’s inaugural video edition of Talks with Roger, and we couldn’t have asked for a better subject than Richard Peck. We’ve included some text and video […]


tenth doctor 2

While fact-checking this Wednesday’s Richard Peck Talks with Roger interview on The Best Man, I had a moment of déjà vu. Navy pinstripe suit + red Chucks? Either protagonist Archer is a big Doctor Who fan, or cover artist Michael Arnold is. (Good choice, by the way: Ten is my favorite Doctor, too.) Sign up […]

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Hbook Podcast 1.19 – Young Adult (ish)


Podcast the nineteenth in which Siân and Roger talk about The Crucible, Richard Peck, and young adult literature. Books we talk about Cynthia Voigt, Orfe Arthur Miller, The Crucible By Richard Peck: Are You in the House Alone, Blossom Culp series, Father Figure, Remembering the Good Times, Dreamland Lake, A Year Down Yonder (Newbery Award winner), […]

Review of The Best Man


The Best Man by Richard Peck Intermediate, Middle School     Dial     232 pp. 9/16     978-0-8037-3839-3     $16.99     g e-book ed. 978-0-698-18973-7     $10.99 Rise and toast The Best Man, Peck’s story about Archer Magill, a boy growing from a raw dollop of kindergarten id into a functional middle-school kid, a budding citizen of the world. As a participant […]

Books to Unite the Digitally Divided Family


Ladies and gentlemen, winners of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards, people of the book…

We gather to ask our annual question: “Can there still be books for the young?” Even now, in these darkening days, while Barnes & Noble eats independent booksellers, and Amazon eats Barnes & Noble. New problems to mask the old ones we never solved, since you can still sit out twelve years of school in the “remedial” program not because you’re “learning disabled” but because you aren’t home at night. Can our books still tell their stories in the age of the “digitally reduced attention span”? Can we still reach a generation whose own parents lost eye contact with them long ago? In the full knowledge that there is no app for eye contact…

Oh, yes. The answer is yes because never have the young needed us more. Never has a young generation on their way to adulthood lived this far from adults. Never has a generation needed an adult voice more, if only on the page and well disguised.

>Hear Roger (and Richard Peck)

>In our latest podcast Roger brings us along for an evening in New York with Elizabeth Law (Vice President and Publisher, Egmont USA), Douglas Pocock (Executive Vice President, Egmont USA), and Newbery Medalist Richard Peck. After a lively discussion about what draws adults to read young adult books, Roger talks to Richard Peck about his […]

And Still the Story — The Zena Sutherland Lecture

The day approaches when the speaker who has the honor of this podium will not remember Zena Sutherland personally, but the writers of my generation knew her, and like every writer since, I have a career that owes her a debt. For all of us who write for the young and the half-grown; for all […]

>Son of a Preacher Man

>I’m spending Richard Peck’s summer vacation editing his Sutherland Lecture for publication in the November HB. It’s a great speech–Peck has always been among the best of our writer-speakers–and his epigrammatic style can be pure poetry. I’m working directly from the speech manuscript, and I’ve never seen one quite like it, with the paragraphs carefully […]