Peg Kehret (Margaret Ann Kehret, born November 11, 1936), whose name is pronounced like the English word carrot, is an American author, primarily writing for children between the ages of 8 and 15.
Kehret was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin. After a normal childhood, she developed a severe form of polio at age 12 to age 13 in 1949, along with 42,033 other cases, which paralyzed her and resulted in a seven-month hospital stay. Peg had each of the three types of polio: spinal, respiratory, and the most severe kind, bulbar. Her experience of the illness changed Kehret's life, as she describes in her memoir Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio. Most of Kehret's books are based on what happened in her life, like The Ghost's Grave, there used to be a small cemetery up the road where she lived as a kid with the same name on a grave stone as the one in the book.
In 1955, she married Carl Kehret; they moved to California and adopted two children, Bob and Anne. Before Kehret began writing children's books she wrote plays, radio commercials and magazine stories. In 1970, the Kehrets moved to Washington. Carl died on April 28, 2004.
Kehret and her polio memoir won the 1998 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, annually determined by a vote of Vermont schoolchildren, and the 1999 Mark Twain Readers Award, a similar annual book award determined by a vote of Missouri schoolchildren in grades 4 to 6. The Missouri award recognized four of her books from 1999 to 2012 (marked below by double dagger, ).
- Refinishing and Restoring Your Piano (Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Tab Books, 1985)
- Winning Monologs for Young Actors: 65 honest-to-life characterizations to delight young actors and audiences of all ages (Colorado Springs, CO: Meriwether Pub, 1986), LCCN 86-61109
- Encore!: more winning monologs for young actors : 63 more honest-to-life monologs for teenage boys and girls (Meriwether, 1988) – "A collection of monologs for use in junior high and high school drama classes." LCCN 88-42541
- Abduction! (Penguin, 2006)
- Acting Natural
- Animals Welcome: A Life of Reading, Writing, and Rescue
- The Blizzard Disaster
- Deadly Stranger (Dodd, Mead, 1987)
- Don't Tell Anyone
- Earthquake Terror
- Escaping the Giant Wave
- Five Pages A Day: A Writers Journey
- Ghost Dog Secrets
- The Ghost's Grave
- The Hideout
- Horror at the Haunted House
- I'm Not Who You Think I Am (1999)
- My Brother Made Me Do It
- Night of terror
- Nightmare Mountain
- Runaway Twin (Dutton, 2009)
- Saving Lilly
- Searching for Candlestick Park
- The Secret Journey
- Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays
- Sisters, Long Ago
- Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio (Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman, 1996)
- Spy Cat
- Stolen Children (Dutton, 2008)
- The Stranger Next Door
- Tell It Like It Is
- Terror at the Zoo
- The Volcano Disaster (1998)
- Vows of Love and Marriage
- Wedding Vows: How to Express Your Love in Your Own Words
- "Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio", Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 1996.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award: Past Winners
- "Mark Twain Award". Missouri River Regional Library (mrrl.org). Retrieved 2014-08-17. With list of winners 1990 to 2013; lists of nominees with blurbs 2010/11 to 2014/15.
- Official website
- Peg Kehret at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Peg Kehret at Library of Congress Authorities, with 53 catalog records