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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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