Richard Wayne Peck (April 5, 1934 – May 23, 2018) was an American novelist known for his prolific contributions to modern 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). For his cumulative contribution to young-adult literature, he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1990.
He is also known as Richard W. Peck.
Richard Peck died on May 23, 2018, at his home in New York City after a long battle with cancer.