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Richard Wayne Peck (April 5, 1934 – May 23, 2018) was an American novelist. He was born in Decatur, Illinois, but was raised in Chicago. He was known for his works to young adult literature. He was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder (the sequel to A Long Way From Chicago).

Peck died on May 23, 2018, at his home in New York City after a long battle with cancer at the age of 84.

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