Books Richard Peck Books by Richard Peck Richard Peck has written books about: Children's Books Young Adult Fiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Richard Peck 100 Best Books The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14 August 5, 2013 More than 2,000 of you weighed in with your nominations for the best books for young readers. Critics' Lists: Summer '07 Great Opening Lines to Hook Young Readers June 25, 2007 If you're interested in getting your child or teen to keep reading during a hot, long, lazy vacation, offer them these cool summer books. Librarian Nancy Pearl's picks all have great first lines, three-dimensional characters and strong finishes. Great Opening Lines to Hook Young Readers Listen Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/11260800/11302486" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Summer Books 2007: Excerpts Excerpt: 'The Teacher's Funeral' June 22, 2007 Richard Peck's novel follows 15-year-old Russell, a boy who doesn't understand the importance of going to school. But when Russell's teacher dies and his older sister takes over, she is determined to see that Russell graduates, whether he likes it or not.