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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. He lives in New York City.

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Praise for The Best Man
Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List -- "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers":

Amazon Editors Picks for Fall (Ages 9-12)
New York TimesNotable Children's Book
Horn BookFanfare
School Library JournalBest Books of 2016
KirkusBest 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 Manis . . .a reminder that no matter your gender or sexuality, love is love is love. New York Times Book Review

* "A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious take a bite." Kirkus Reviews, 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 toastThe 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
Sweet The award-winning Peck has often written from the past, but here he applies his humor and humanity to the present, where it is so sorely needed. San Francisco Chronicle
Author Richard Peck relates the years between the weddings with his signature humor, using the intimacy of the first-person point of view to provide Archer s take on his world
sometimes clueless, always earnest as he grows up and seeks role models [An] endearing, full-of-life story. BookPage, Top Pick Review
Insightful and witty There's plenty of homespun wisdom here, but no hint of preaching Peck's wandering, anecdote-rich narrative is set in Chicago, and told in the dryly funny voice
of an immensely likable, if slightly oblivious boy named Archer Magill A modern-day delight with a satisfyingly old-fashioned feel. Shelf Awareness
One of myfavorite books of Septemberfor middle graders is Richard Peck'sThe Best Man There is lots of humor and wisdom inThe Best Man,
and to me it embodies what I want most for my child--to be caring, compassionate, and let the best of you shine through. Seira Wilson, Amazon Books"
Praise for The Best Man

Autumn 2016 Kids' Indie Next List -- "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers":

Amazon Editors' Picks for Fall (Ages 9-12)
New York Times Notable Children's Book
Horn Book Fanfare
School Library Journal Best Books of 2016
Kirkus 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."--New York Times Book Review

* "A nostalgic slice of Rockwell Americana with a contemporary filling. Delicious--take a bite."--Kirkus Reviews, 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

"Sweet...The award-winning Peck has often written from the past, but here he applies his humor and humanity to the present, where it is so sorely needed."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Author Richard Peck relates the years between the weddings with his signature humor, using the intimacy of the first-person point of view to provide Archer's take on his world
--sometimes clueless, always earnest--as he grows up and seeks role models...[An] endearing, full-of-life story." --BookPage, Top Pick Review

"Insightful and witty...There's plenty of homespun wisdom here, but no hint of preaching...Peck's wandering, anecdote-rich narrative is set in Chicago, and told in the dryly funny voice
of an immensely likable, if slightly oblivious boy named Archer Magill...A modern-day delight with a satisfyingly old-fashioned feel."--Shelf Awareness

"One of my favorite books of September for middle graders is Richard Peck's The Best Man...There is lots of humor and wisdom in The Best Man,
and to me it embodies what I want most for my child--to be caring, compassionate, and let the best of you shine through."--Seira Wilson, Amazon Books

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