Close Enough to Touch Essay & Project Ideas

Richard Peck
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1. The author, Richard Peck, has stated that he creates his protagonists to be "young surrogates for the readers."

How successful is Matt Moran as such a surrogate? Is he believable and easily identified with? What techniques of writing does Peck employ to make Matt realistic and sympathetic?

2. Many of the characters in Close Enough to Touch appear as caricatures, often as comical figures with one or only a few exaggerated traits. Which characters qualify as caricatures, and what sort of traits do Matt's descriptions focus on to achieve this comic quality?

3. Many of Matt's comments on his world reveal him as a critic—a critic of education, of his fellow students, of modern suburbs, of upper-middle-class behavior. What specific things does Matt isolate for critical commentary?

What is it that he finds wrong with his world?

4. Compare Peck's novel to some other novel that...

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This section contains 314 words
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Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults
Close Enough to Touch from Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction and Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
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