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Gary Paulsen - Author

About the Author

Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of America's most popular writers for young people. Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read — along with his own library card — he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.
Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his powerful stories.
Paulsen's realization that he would become a writer came suddenly when he was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California. One night he walked off the job, never to return. He spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader, working on his own writing every night. Then he left California and drove to northern Minnesota where he rented a cabin on a lake; by the end of the winter, he had completed his first novel.

 

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Hatchet

Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/03/2017

There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake . . . Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet - and a desperate will to survive. Now Brian must learn to live the hard way - or die.

Fishbone's Song

Fishbone's Song

Author: Gary Paulsen Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2016

An orphan reflects on the lessons he was taught by the wise old man who raised him in this lyrical novel that reads like poetry from three-time Newbery Honorwinning author Gary Paulsen.Deep in the woods, in a rustic cabin, lives an old man and the boy hes raised as his own. This sage old man has taught the boy the power of nature and how to live in it, and more importantly, to respect it. In Fishbones Song, this boy reminisces about the magic of the man who raised him and the tales that he used to tellall true, but different each time.

Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat

Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat

Author: Gary Paulsen Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2016

From three-time Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen comes a laugh-out-loud novella about six wacky misfits who get stuck together in a school restroom and discover friendship.It seemed like a normal school day, until a horrible storm forced the very cautious school administration to make everyone hole up in a safe place. Six students find themselves stuck in a tiny, questionably smelly spacea school bathroomwith a stuffed cat for entertainment. Hijinks ensue and the unexpected happens. They enter as strangersand leave as friends.

This Side of Wild

This Side of Wild

Author: Gary Paulsen Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2015

The Newbery Honorwinning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure.Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.

Field Trip

Field Trip

Author: Gary Paulsen, Jim Paulsen Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2015

Father-and-son writing team Gary and Jim Paulsen pick up where their Road Trip left off. Ben has been invited to try out for a special hockey academy. But Dad wants Ben to catch up to the school field trip instead. So Ben, Dad, and their dogs, Atticus and Conor, jump into their truck. Ben concocts a secret plan to make the tryout, but Atticus and Conor are on to him. Ben and Dad's road trip turns into a wacky adventure full of new friends and surprises.

White Fox Chronicles

White Fox Chronicles

Author: Gary Paulsen Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2013

The year is 2057. Endless wars have torn the USA apart and enslaved Americans to the evil CCR, the Confederation of Consolidated Republics. Growing up in wartime has made fourteen-year-old Cody Pierce wise in survival skills. Now hes The White Fox, rebel leader of the childrens barracks in a CCR prison camp. Cody manages a terrifying escape and then plays cat and mouse with the CCR. Every day brings him closer to capture, but closer as well to his goal to return and liberate the children he left behind.

Tent

Tent

Author: Gary Paulsen Illustrator: 0 Format: eBook Release Date: 20/07/2013

Power . . . Money . . . GuiltTired of being poor, Stevens father, Corey, is certain that preaching the Word of the Lord is the way to fame and fortune. So father and son take off in their dilapidated truck, with a stolen Bible and a leaky army tent, for a whirlwind tour of small Texas towns.At first, few people come to see the new tent preacher but each day Coreys confidence and charisma grow. Soon their fortune is growing, too, especially when they start performing bogus healings. For the first time, they can afford luxuries like expensive hotel rooms, meals in fancy restaurants, even a slick new bike for Steven. But despite all of this, Steven cant shake the feeling that there is something terribly wrong with what theyre doing. Can he convince his dad to give up their life of deception?A New York Public Library Book for the Teen AgeA Society of School Librarians International Honor BookA sincere and thoughtful story of spiritual growth . . . could prompt some serious discussion. The Bulletin

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