Past Perfect, Present Tense

Past Perfect, Present Tense

New and Collected Stories

Book - 2004
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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 Chicagoand A Year Down Yonderbegan 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.
Publisher: New York : Dial Books/Penguin, c2004
ISBN: 9780803729988
Branch Call Number: FIC P3364pa
Characteristics: 177 p. ; 22 cm
Contents: The first. Priscilla and the wimps
The past. The electric summer
Shotgun Cheatham's last night above ground
The special powers of Blossom Culp
By far the worst pupil at Long Point School
The supernatural. Girl at the window
The most important night of Melanie's life
Waiting for Sebastian
The present. Fluffy the gangbuster
I go along
The kiss in the carry-on bag
The three-century woman
How to write a short story
Five helpful hints


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