1998

A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories

By Richard Peck

Original Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin Group USA Inc.)
Current Publisher: Puffin
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Ann Cameron for The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods
  • Jack Gantos for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
  • Anita Lobel for No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War
  • Richard Peck for A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories

YPL Winner That Year: Louis Sachar for Holes

Judges That Year: Karla Kuskin Bell, Victor Martinez, Liz Rosenberg, Spencer Shaw, Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Year in Literature: 

  • Richard Peck was also a Finalist in 2003 for The River Between Us.
  • Richard Peck detailed his very specific writing process in a 2003 Publisher’s Weekly interview: “He writes everything on an electric typewriter because ‘it has to be a book from the first day,’ he explains… He writes each page six times, then places it in a three-ring binder with a DePauw University cover (‘a talisman,’ he calls this memento from his alma mater). When he feels that he has gotten a page just right, he takes out another 20 words. ‘After a year, I've come to the end. Then I'll take this first chapter, and without rereading it, I'll throw it away and write the chapter that goes at the beginning. Because the first chapter is the last chapter in disguise.’”

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