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Paintings from the Cave

Meet Jake who lives in a neighborhood controlled by street violence and fear. He meets a sculptor across the street, and his eyes are opened to another world. Or Jojo,who's closer to her three dogs than to her foster family. When Jojo tries to help another girl who needs a friend, the dogs know what to do.

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The Beet Fields

For a 16-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day's an education in the hard work and boredom of migrant labor; every day teaches him something more about friendship, or hunger, or profanity, or lust—always lust. He learns how a poker game, or hitching a ride, can turn deadly.

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The Monument

It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. The townspeople see things in Mick's drawings that they don't want to know or accept about themselves. Can Mick help them accept one monument that will be meaningful to everyone?

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Brian's Hunt

Millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Return know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization.

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Notes from the Dog

"Sometimes having company is not all it's cracked up to be." Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he's hoping for a job where he doesn't have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door.

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Woods Runner

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Random House Speakers Bureau

Gary Paulsen is available for speaking engagements at conferences, organizations, festivals, and public library events. Due to the high volume of requests, Mr. Paulsen is no longer able to do school visits.

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For more information about booking a speaking engagement, please contact Kathy Dunn at All other inquiries should be directed to Jennifer Flannery, Flannery Literary at


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