Happy Birthday, Gary Paulsen!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Gary Paulsen has always been an adventurer, which is perhaps why his many books for children and young adults are such perennial favorites.  Born in 1939, he developed a love of reading early in life, but never had much interest in school.  At 14, he actually did what so many youngsters dream of—he ran away to join a traveling carnival.  He worked as a ranch hand and a truck driver, a sailor and a construction worker, and competed multiple times in the Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.  He was working as a technician at an aerospace company in California when he finally realized what all these adventures had in common: they were fuel for the stories he had to tell.

Since then, Paulsen has written more than 175 books for a wide range of age levels.  His most popular books include Brian's Saga (Hatchet, Brian's Winter, Brian's Hunt, The River, and Brian's Return), as well as Harris and Me, Dogsong, and Guts.  Several of his books are Newbery Honorees, and in 1997, he received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, a lifetime achievement award honoring an author's contribution to young adult literature.

Today, Paulsen is still writing and still adventuring.  He and his wife, illustrator Ruth Wright Paulsen, divide their time between sailing the Pacific and their home in New Mexico.

Hatchet Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781416936473
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - January 2007

Brian's Winter Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307929587
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2012

Brian's Hunt Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307929594
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2012

The River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307929617
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2012

Brian's Return Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307929600
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2012

Lawn Boy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553494655
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Published: Yearling Books - March 24th, 2009

Woods Runner Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375859083
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Published: Wendy Lamb Books - January 11th, 2011

The Island Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439786621
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 2006

Masters of Disaster Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375866104
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Published: Yearling Books - August 9th, 2011

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs Cover Image
By Gary Paulsen, Tim Jessell (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781481451512
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

My Life in Dog Years Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440414711
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Published: Yearling Books - June 7th, 1999

Woodsong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416939399
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 2007

Nightjohn Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440219361
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Published: Laurel Leaf Library - January 1995

Guts Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780440407126
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Published: Laurel Leaf Library - November 12th, 2002

Fishbone's Song Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781481452267
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 27th, 2016

The Crossing Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780439786614
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - January 2006

Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780152058807
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Published: Harcourt Paperbacks - March 2007

Dogsong Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781416939627
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - May 2007

The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True and Fictional Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in the West Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553494297
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Published: Laurel Leaf Library - January 8th, 2008