Author Richard Peck Dies: Author Richard Peck has died at age 84 at his home in New York City. The Newbery Medal winner for A Year Down Yonder (2016) also received a Newbery Honor, for A Long Way from Chicago (1999). Peck is considered one of the key contributors to the start of young adult literature. He received the 1990 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his contributions to YA literature. His most recent book was The Best Man, published in 2016.