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 Chicago and "A Year Down Yonder began 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.Peck, Richard is the author of 'Past Perfect, Present Tense New And Collect Stories', published 2006 under ISBN 9780142405376 and ISBN 014240537X.