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Gone to the Woods: A True Story of Growing Up in the Wild

Written by Gary Paulsen

Featured Books for 9+ readers General Non-Fiction The Natural World True Stories

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From the author of the bestselling Hatchet comes a true story of high-stakes wilderness survival!

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Gone to the Woods: A True Story of Growing Up in the Wild is the entrancing true story of Gary Paulsen's childhood, of grit and growing up, and is the acclaimed author at his rawest and most real.

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Gone to the Woods: A True Story of Growing Up in the Wild Synopsis

If not for his six-hundred-mile journey from the busy Chicago city to a captivating Minnesotan farm aged five, there never would have been a Hatchet. Without the encouragement of the librarian who handed him his first book aged thirteen, he may never have become a reader. And without his daring teenage enlistment in the army, he might not have discovered his true calling as a storyteller. 

Gone to the Woods: A True Story of Growing Up in the Wild Press Reviews

Beautifully written, Paulsen's memoir demonstrates that good can triumph over bad beginnings. With three Newbery Awards in his rucksack, Paulsen writes reliably great books, and everybody will want to get their hands on his latest. - Booklist

A riveting, hopeful survival story about personal resilience amid trauma - Publishers Weekly

A rich, compelling read that is emotive and expressive without forcing empathy from the reader. Both brightly funny and darkly tragic, it is fresh in its honest portrayal of difficult themes.Readers will fall into this narrative of succeeding against overwhelming odds amid deep trauma. -- Kirkus, starred review 

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ISBN: 9781529047721
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781529047721
Publication date: 7th January 2021
Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: General Non-Fiction, The Natural World, True Stories

About Gary Paulsen

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, ...

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