Gary Paulsen A Student Companion by James B. Blasingame


Gary Paulsen A Student Companion by James B. Blasingame

Gary Paulsen, a three-time Newbery Honor winner, has written over 175 books for young adults and adults for over twenty years. His stories of adventure and survival are beloved by readers, teachers, librarians, and critics. This volume examines a sample of the most widely-known and widely-studied books by Paulsen. A biographical chapter demonstrates how Paulsen's life experiences, notably the Iditarod, have influenced his writing. Each book is analyzed for plot, characterization, setting, and themes, written at a level that is accessible for young readers, yet providing in-depth information for older readers. Books analyzed in this volume include: -Brian's Winter -Dogsong -Hatchet -The Island -Winter Room


This series of books about favorite teen authors is for librarians, teachers, and teens who want to know their favorite authors in depth. The volumes are full of biographical articles, reflections of the authors, and essays about their most popular titles. The series would be particularly useful to aspiring young authors who need reassurance that writing can be more than just a hobby. Bottom line: Both are just plain good reads. [Reviewed in conjunction with Sharon Creech]. - Teacher Librarian The series

lives and understand their favorite books better, as well as to emphasize how special and enriching reading and literary study can be for young, eager readers.

About the Author

James B. Blasingame is an Assistant Professor of English, Arizona State University. Prof. Blasingame is co-editor of the ALAN review and has written numerous articles on YA literature.

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184 pages


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Publication date

30th August 2007



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