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- Gary Paulsen -



Biography

Author Gary Paulsen did not have an idyllic childhood. Since his father was a career army office, he moved often and had a difficult time at school. He was a shy, unathletic student who had academic difficulties and barely succeeded in graduating from high school.

After graduating, Paulsen attended college for a short time and then served time in the army. Upon returning to civilian life, he attempted several careers, including being a field engineer, but was dissatisfied with them. He left his engineering position and, deciding to become a writer, he began working for a magazine in California. Although he had no previous experience, his employer was willing to teach him and Paulsen was a willing learner. He had found his niche in life.

Many of Gary Paulsen's books are based on his life experiences. He's completed thousands of miles of dogsledding in the Artic and has competed in the famed Iditarod trans-Alaska dog sledding race. These experiences were the impetus for Dogsong, a novel about an Eskimo boy and dogsledding in Alaska. Also, the book Woodsong, which is dedicated to his lead dog Cookie, deals with the special relationship between a dogsledder and his dog team. Another of his experience novels is Hatchet. The subject of the book is a young boy's fight to survive after a plane crash. Twice in his life, Paulsen was in bush planes which were forced to land.

Gary Paulsen, the boy who had little success during his school days, has won many writing awards, including the newbery Honor Book award three times. He was given the award for the first time in 1985 for Dogsong. Three years later, he won the it again for Hatchet and then for The Winter Room, which was published in 1990. He was also honored in 1991 by the National Council of Teachers of English. For his contributions to young adult literature, Paulsen was given their ALAN Award.



Books

The Boy Who Owned the School
Brian's Winter
Call Me Francis Tucket
Canyons
The Car
The Cookcamp
The Crossing
Dancing Carl
Dogsong
Dogteam
Father Water, Mother Woods: Essays on Fishing and Hunting in the North Woods
The Foxman
Harris and Me.
Hatchet
The Haymeadow
The Island
Mr. Tucket
The Monument
The Night the White Deer Died
Nightjohn
Popcorn Days and Buttermilk Nights
The Rifle
The River
Sentries
The Tent
Tiltawhirl John
Tracker
The Voyage of the Frog
The Winter Room
Woodsong

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GARY PAULSEN WORLD OF ADVENTURE SERIES



Awards

Dogsong-newbery Honor Book

Hatchet-newbery Honor Book
-ALA Best of the Best Books for Young Adults
-ALA Notable Children's Book
-Notable Children's Book in the Field of Social Studies

The Haymeadow-Western Writers of America Golden Spur Award

Nightjohn-ALA Best Book for Young Adults
-ALA Notable Children's Book
-IRA-CBC Children's Choice

The Winter Room-newbery Honor Book



Selected Reviews

Call Me Francis Tucket
"Continuing the fast-paced adventures of Francis Aphonse Tucket ...Like Paulsen's other heres , Francis meets adversity head-on-and survives." -Washington Post Book World

Canyons
"Readers will be rewarded with an insightful, sympathetic vignette of the tragic end of life..."-Kirkus Reviews

Hatchet
"A prototypical survival story...This is a spellbinding account...A winner."-Kirkus Reviews

Mr. Tucket
"...Superb characterization, splendidly evoked setting, and thrill -a- minute plot..."-Publishers Weekly

Nightjohn
"A searing account of slavery"...-Kirkus Reviews

The Night the White Deer Died
"...The novel is an allegory, rooted in the chasm between actualities and pretentions."-Publishers Weekly



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