It may sound strange, but Richard Peck reminds me somehow of a James Ellroy for youngsters. This Newberry-Award-winner, and National Book-Award-finalist, with sixty or seventy books to his credit, mines the fields of horror, caper, mystery, the occult, and history for his legions of young-adult fans. He enthralls them and enraptures them because he is a natural story-teller. Peck’s mind works in unusual and original ways; nor is he a shrinking violet when asked for opinions. He voices them in the same commanding, and intimidating manner as Ellroy. He is bright, articulate, talented and fun. Do listen to Richard and I discuss Peck’s world.