Past Perfect, Present Tense by Richard Peck
New and Collected Stories

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Though Richard Peck is best known as a novelist, he has been writing praised and popular short stories throughout his career. His first, "Priscilla and the Wimps," is perhaps the most-read children’s short story of all time. Others have inspired his award-winning novels: A Long Way from Chicago and A Year Down Yonder began with a story called "Shotgun Cheatham’s Last Night Above Ground"; and "The Electric Summer" was the jumping point for Fair Weather.

Now here are thirteen of Richard Peck’s stories, including all of his previously published tales and two brand-new ones. He has also written entertaining notes about the stories, an informative introduction about the genre, and tips on how to write short stories, including "Five Helpful Hints" that will be a valuable aid to aspiring authors.


About Richard Peck

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Richard Peck is the first children?s writer ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal. He has also won the Newbery Medal, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Edgar Award, and numerous other awards and honors.
Published April 26, 2004 by Dial. 192 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction

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Divided into sections—stories set in the past, stories with a supernatural element, and stories set in the present—this collection of new and old tales from Newbery Award–winner Peck also includes his first short story, Priscilla and the Wimps, as well as commentary and advice about writing.

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Two new stories pair with 11 previously published tales in Richard Peck's Past Perfect, Present Tense: New and Collected Stories, including ""Priscilla and the Wimps"" and ""The Special Powers of Blossom Culp."" However, it is Peck's introductions to each grouping of stories and his two addit...

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Now he treats us to a collection of all of his short stories, divided into categories: The First: the first short story Peck wrote The Past: historical fiction The Supernatural: spirits among us The Present: stories about today Some of Peck's tales are gut-bustingly funny;

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