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Gary Paulsen has had a life as exciting as fiction!

Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor author, is no stranger to adventure. He has flown off the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall to near disaster, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs toward the Alaskan Mountain Range in an Iditarod -- the grueling, 1,180-mile dogsled race -- hallucinating from lack of sleep, but he determined to finish.
     Here, in vivid detail, Paulsen recounts several of the remarkable experiences that shaped his life and inspired his award-winning writing.

About The Author

Photo by Ruth Wright Paulsen

Gary Paulsen (1931–2021) was one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He wrote over 100 books for adults and young readers. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 29, 2012)
  • Length: 144 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442467149
  • Grades: 5 - 9
  • Ages: 10 - 14

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Awards and Honors

  • School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • ILA Young Adults' Choices
  • Minnesota Book Award
  • John Burroughs Nature Books for Young Readers
  • Society Of Midland Authors Award
  • Spur Award (Western Writers of America)

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