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The cover doesn t do this book justice I almost overlooked it on the shelf because let s be honest everyone judges a book by its cover I enjoyed most of the stories and there is plenty of variety offered The author also gives some tips for writing and a little background on the stories Sometimes less is though Peck revealed that he doesn t believe in ghosts but he writes so convincingly about them is though Peck revealed that he doesn t believe in ghosts but he writes so convincingly about them I found that a little disappointingIn any case this is a nice collection with a few gems of wisdom thrown in for good measure The Three Century Woman by Richard Peck ReviewThe narration in the short story The Three Century Woman by Richard Peck is given by a teenage girl Her Great Grandmother is interviewed for TV because she has lived in three centuries She was born in 1899 so in 2001 she can say that she has lived for three centuries The old lady invents some of her memories when she becomes annoyed at the reporter The most distinctive part of the story is the description of the characters traits and motivations The reasons behind the behavior of the old lady are good subjects for discussion Here is the link to the text of the story A collection of short stories with commentary about writing short stories by the author very insightful and enjoyable No surprise I LOVED the historical stories The supernatural stories creeped me out The present time stories were okay but felt lonely Reading Richard Peck s own voice was interesting though and highly educational In the end he s still a genius and he s still my favorite writer Richard Peck just astounds me His works are prolific and he caries well a wide variety of genres This is a compilation of his short stories Each is just as powerful as his novels Yet Speak Well As Short speak well as short Almost every one left me wanting et satisfied with what he gave Each is witty and left me thinking about all that was both said and unsaid in each They offer a wonderful teaser to anyone who hasn t read Peck s work Einführung in die deutsche Sprache der Wissenschaften yet and believe meou ll get hookedWarnings none There s a little gem of a short story in this book called By Far the Worst Pupil at Long Point School that is so funny and so shareable I asked my dad to read it aloud at the end of our Thanksgiving
Dinner Two Years AgoBy Far two ears agoBy Far Worst Pupil was based on one of Richard Peck s The Teacher s Funeral The punchline is so clever I had to read through the story a second time to make sure what I read had really happened And then to read the Teacher s Funeral after this and compare the endings is great funespecially as the ending in the Teacher s Funeral is based on his parents courtship and changed around a bitRichard Peck is impeccable at historical fiction Wink wink It s good Priscilla and the Wimps is classic All of the stories were enjoyable But for me it s like A Long Way from Chicago captures Richard Peck s wit and tone lightning in a perfect bottle but the rest is just OK to me It s worth reading and recommending even but not what moves meI was very interested in the short commentaries before the sections about the observations and little sparks that inspired the stories His comments on the basics of writing short stories change in characters with formal hints at the end and little tidbits scattered through his commentary was interesting and good for kids I think It also was a bit curmudgeonly at times There s a certain earning for the past and slightly forced self discovery that. Compiled for the first time here are all of Newbery Award– winning author Richard Peck’s previously published short stories and two brand new ones From comedy to tragedy to historical to contemporary; from Priscilla and the.
FREE DOWNLOAD Past Perfect Present TenseRuns through Peck s work I think Grandma Dowdel has of his actual voice than he d like to admitI m glad I read it I really enjoyed these short stories by Richard
PECK EVEN THE GHOST STORIES THEeven The ghost stories The one 3 centuries was a hoot because reading played a big part Plus the author gives lots of good advice on becoming a writer I adore Richard Peck s writing It s readable and perceptive and filled with uirky characters that constantly make me laugh Or at least that s what I would have told Hai nhà you before I read this collection of short stories So when I spotted his name on the spine of a book at my library s latest book sale I snatched it up faster thanou could say snaggletoothed tomcatAs expected there were many hilarious and heartwarming stories that made me so so happy to have found this little book For example the whole storyline of I Go Along made me sort of sad and wistful for high school Not in a Oh I miss high school so much way who does but in a Oh goodness I wish I could go back and re do it and be
less wrapped up in myself this time way You never know when something ou say could helpwrapped up in myself this time way You never know when something ou say could help see themselves differently You never know who people can be or as Gene says It s weird like there could be poets around and Falling Through Clouds you wouldn t realize they were there And also as expected there were many characters I fell in love with and wanted to read of their stories Priscilla in Priscilla and the Wimps and Blossom in The Special Powers of Blossom Culp So ifou see me reading the somewhat unappealing to me titles of Secrets of the Shopping Mall or The Ghost Belonged to Me anytime soon now The Art of Acquiring you know why I m already a fan of their protagonists Or to uote Miss Cartwright I have hopes forour future Blossom You will go far in our own peculiar way However I was not so big on the spooky stories section of the collection They lacked much of the humor warmth and thoughtfulness that I expect from Peck s writing and that s really the reason I m torn between three and four stars as far as how to rate this book Obviously I m not the target audience I don t read stories for the sole purpose of being scared out of my wits never have And if I suddenly decided that I wanted to read something scary for the sake of being scared I wouldn t pick a ghost story I would just like ONE PERSON to explain to my why ghosts are supposedly so scary What are they going to do Make weird noises Move the curtains Tell me to take revenge on the person that murdered them and stole their throne which I can then debate during a dramatic monologue I mean IDK NONE OF THAT SOUNDS VERY None of that sounds very to me So by far my favorite story in this part of the collection was Shadows which was less of a story meant to scare ou out of A Menagerie of Heroes your wits and a story about life that happened to have ghosts in itSo all in all this is a lovely collection of short stories Excuse me I need to add another two novels AT LEAST to my ever growing list of books I d like to read in the future Never let it be said that Richard Peck is shy about expressing his opinion From the introduction to this short story compilation A short story like fiction of any length is about change Even in a handful of pages the characters can t be the same people in the last paragraph whom we meet in the first If there s no change there s no story unlessou write fiction for The New Yorker magazineYeahhhhh There s good stuff In real life we have epiphanies all the time But we wait. Wimps Peck’s first short story to Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground which inspired both A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder to The Electric Summer Peck’s jumping off point for Fair Weather readers wil. For them to go away Change is too hard and too threatening That s why we have fiction Stories are better than real life or we wouldn t have themAll stories begin with those same two words What if A story isn t what is It s what if Fiction isn t real life with the names changed It s an alternate reality to reflect the reader s own world But what is a short story not It s not a condensation of a novel or an unfinished one It s not Cliffs Notes to anything It has its own shape and profile It s not the New York skyline it s a single church spire Its end is much nearer its beginning and so it can be overlookedOne tends to overpraise a long book because one has got through it said E M Forster a novelist His tongue was in his cheek but he makes a pointThe short story is much misunderstood There are even aspiring writers who think they ll start out writing short stories and work their way up to the big time novels It doesn t work like that A short story isn t easier than a novel It has little space make its mark that it reuires the kind of self mutilating editing most new little space to make its mark that it reuires the kind of self mutilating editing most new aren t capable of It has less time to plead its caseAnd that s just the introductionThis book really is a masterclass on short stories from a great author s insights on them to his actual work They re gems It s interesting Peck is fabulous at historical fiction but he s also really really good at contemporary Priscilla and the Wimps which like he says in his introduction does end in a bang is something that I can so clearly see kids with a revengejustice bent loving Then there s I Go Along which is great and made even poignant by Peck s concluding note which says he met Gene when he was a teacher only that Gene didn t get on the busAnd then there are his ghost stories Some of them are fabulous And I love how open ended he leaves them how much thought they generate as a result And then and then there s the conclusion It s titled How to Write a Short Story It s funny how Mr. Fix-It your brain plays tricks onou I remember this being part of the introduction It s not but it is still here It s why I reread this book As much as I like the introduction and the actual stories it s this section that s stuck with me the longest Specifically this part view spoiler You saw something today that would make a short story I did I was flying back home to New York this afternoon in the aisle seat We were buckled up for the approach over Manhattan island and that curve across water to LaGuardia Airport How many times have I made that trip with nothing in mind than wanting to get on the ground and in a cab and home Today I looked aside at the man in the window seat and he was crying His hand was over his eyes and his face was wet with tears I looked past him and we were flying directly over the site of the World Trade Center Its empty footprintThere may be a story in that someday when I m not so near tears myself If there is I ll make it as real as
I can with special care about the voices But it won t be anything that actually happened It willcan with special care about the voices But it won t be anything that actually happened It will a different shape a beginning a middle an end At the end change will have taken place That s all I know so far Something in the real world jogs or jars and The Complete Photo Guide to Slipcovers you tuck it away We write from observation not experience It s easier to write about other people maybe becauseou can see all the way around them and the backs of their headsYou saw something today too What was it hide spoiler. L thrill at Peck’s engaging short fiction Complete with the author’s own notes on the stories as well as tips and hints for aspiring writers and two new stories this vibrant and varied collection offers something for everyo. .