I heard Richard Peck speak once, and my experience was that this guy is not shy about saying what's on his mind. He recently spoke at the New England Booksellers Association's conference where he described his writing career as having "fallen between two great revolutions, the revolution of the 1970s that cost us our system of learning and literacy, and the present, electronic, digital revolution that is bombing the ruins."
I am sure there are people who would beg to differ. But I do like to know where a person stands, and there's no doubt with Peck.
He also described us as being in a golden age for children's literature. "Never in the history of any country or language has so much talent, graphic and linear, shared its gifts with the young."