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RICHARD PECK (1934-2018) was born in Decatur, Illinois and lived in New York City for nearly 50 years. The acclaimed author of 35 novels for children and young adults, he won the Newbery Medal for A Year Down Yonder, a Newbery Honor for A Long Way from Chicago, the Scott O'Dell Award for The River Between Us, the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Are You in the House Alone?, a Boston Globe-Horn BookAward Honor for The Best Man, and the Christopher Medal for The Teacher's Funeral. He was the first children's author ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal, and was twice a National Book Award Finalist.

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Praise for The Best Man Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor
New York Times Notable Children's Book
Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Books of 2016
Horn Book Fanfare
School Library Journal Best Books of 2016
Kirkus Best Books of 2016
Booklist Best Books of 2016
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2016 "Peck is at heart a gentle realist, a keen observer of family dynamics who uses the soft power of understated emotion to tack social issues. His latest middle grade novel, The Best Man is . . . a reminder that no matter your gender or sexuality, love is love is love."--The New York Times Book Review "A puberty-stricken middle schooler learns about sexuality, gay marriage, and the various different ways to be a man when two of his beloved male role models get hitched in Peck's wonderful, important book."--Entertainment Weekly * "A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious--take a bite."--Kirkus, starred review * "An indelible portrait of what it looks like to grow up in an age of viral videos and media frenzies, undergirded by the same powerful sense of family that characterizes so much of Peck's work."--Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Rise and toast The Best Man. . . . We're not done needing books like this. Comic, easy to read, swiftly paced, and matter-of-fact, Peck's latest steps out to lead the way."--Horn Book, starred review * "A witty, engaging novel from a master storyteller."--Booklist, starred review * "The Newbery Award-winning [Richard Peck] explores what it means to love and what it means to be a man. A modern, funny, and realistic tale featuring strong, nuanced, and unforgettable characters. . . . Essential."--School Library Journal, starred review

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