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The Children’s Literature Community Reacts to the Passing of Richard Peck

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I met Richard Peck once – in a signing line. I’m usually pretty quiet while getting a book signed. I always think “There are so many people here and I don’t want to hold things up, I’ll just get my book signed and be on my way.”

But when I got to the front of the line, Richard Peck clearly wasn’t going to let me be a wallflower.

He was courteous and (as advertised) sharply dressed. But more importantly, he was curious.

He asked me where I was from, and when I replied, he followed up with more questions. We ended up talking for a while. It was clear he was eager to make a connection. And he did. And I’ll never forget our conversation.

Richard Peck passed away yesterday. And to my utter non-surprise, I’m seeing that many, many others had the same sort of story to tell about this great writer.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.

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  1. I need to add mine: https://geekmom.com/2018/05/a-belated-thank-you-to-richard-peck

    Reading these has made me even sadder that I never got to meet him.

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