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Gary Paulsen Author Study

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The breadth of Gary Paulsen’s books alone—adventure, true stories, historical fiction, contemporary fiction, humor—make him the perfect candidate for a classroom author study because there is truly a book for every student’s interest. On top of that, he’s a master of the craft of writing—his vivid language can make your heart pound, it can make you think, it can make you laugh, it can make you cry. Paulsen’s stories, told in a variety of voices and styles, often touch upon essential themes of survival, conservation, bravery, self-discovery, and coming-of-age. He has led and continues to lead a fascinating life of adventure upon which he draws much of his material from for his books.

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Brian's Hunt

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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...

Brian's Return

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As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges. But now that's he's back in civilization,...

Brian's Winter

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In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. He was rescued at the end of the summer. Brian's Winterbegins where Hatchet might...


The River

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"We want you to do it again."These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days with nothing but a small...

Woods Runner

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Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American...