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Saturday, October 16, 2010

A little about Gary Paulsen

from http://www.bookshelfdetective.org/ by Kim Tomsic
It was a cold Minnesota winter’s day that caused Gary Paulsen to duck into a building and flee the harsh weather. The building happened to be a library and when the librarian offered him a book and a library card, magic ignited. Paulsen discovered his passion for reading, and books became his escape from a less than ideal home life.

It’s no wonder Paulsen fell in love with book--they helped quench his need for adventure. When he was just a fourteen-year-old boy, he ran away from home and joined a traveling carnival; later he has served as a soldier and after that he raced the Iditarod...twice!  For those who are unfamiliar with the race, the Iditarod is not for the weak.  It's a sled race with 15 mushers that spans over a 1000 mile course running from Anchorage to Nome. But you don't need to spend the $250,000 it cost to train for the event to know the thrill.  A fan can experience every drop of Paulsen’s blood, guts, and tears when they read his entertaining books on wilderness and adventure.

Perhaps Paulsen feels compassion for the young man he wanted to be or for kids who desperately need a break from their world. He has dedicated countless hours writing for young people and has given us more than 175 books. Gary Paulsen is considered one of the most important people in children’s literature. In addition to the numerous awards he has won, three of Paulsen’s novels were Newbery Honor Books — Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room.

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