Search Results: "Gary Paulsen"


BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2000

"To be illustrated with black and white photos. (Index, notes, Web sites, bibliography) (Biography. 12+)"
In an above-average entry to an established series and a useful, modestly engaging biography, the author demonstrates that a careful, close reading of the Paulsen oeuvre and the judicious mining of selected biographical details can be shaped into an involving read. Read full book review >

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GARY by Leila Rudge
Kirkus Star
by Leila Rudge, illustrated by Leila Rudge
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A racing pigeon who can't fly dreams of travel but ultimately finds—and shares—his own way to adventure. Read full book review >

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ROAD TRIP by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Given its notable brevity and Ben's age-appropriate, oft-times snarky, attitude, this should be an easy sell for reluctant readers. (Fiction. 10-14)"
In a first-time collaboration between father and son, the Paulsens supply alternating chapters of this attractively depicted road trip with a strongly upbeat yet never didactic message. Read full book review >

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FISHBONE'S SONG by Gary Paulsen
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A beautifully written elegy to coming of age in bygone days that, unfortunately, oversimplifies complex issues. (Historical fiction. 12-15)"
A white boy narrates his upbringing by a solitary old white man in a tiny cabin in the woods. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 10, 2003

"Introduce reluctant readers, Paulsen fans, or anyone who enjoys an occasional belly laugh to this prototypical preteen and his most memorable mom. (Fiction. 9-11)"
Long, breathless sentences like this one create a distinct voice for the 12-year-old narrator of this light comedy that features a supermom who's raising a child and working her way toward graduate school as an exotic dancer at the Kitty Kat Club. Read full book review >

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SOLDIER'S HEART by Gary Paulsen
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An author's note tells of Charley's true fate—dead at 23 from the psychological and physical ravages of war. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The nightmare of the Civil War comes to the page in this novel from Paulsen (The Transall Saga, p. 741, etc.), based on the real-life experiences of a young enlistee. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 3, 1997

"These meditations don't quite add up to a full-tilt memoir, but they make a nice entertainment all the same."
Lyrical and pleasing reflections on machinery, midlife crisis, and sundry other matters. Read full book review >

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THE TENT by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"As with all stories of success, the most enjoyable thing about this book is how quickly it reads. (Fiction. 12+)"
A formulaic rags-to-riches tale about learning a skill and becoming a success, with an odd twist: The skill in question is preaching at religious revivals. Read full book review >

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THE CAR by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"There's a strong conscience propelling this novel, but it's buried so deep that YA's caught up in the action may miss it. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Paulsen's latest comes close to a classic teenage male fantasy of fleeing from home to seek independence and self. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: March 1, 1990

"A perceptive portrait of a kid on the verge of getting out of his self-set trap of imagining any change as a threat—even change for the better: a memorably funny yet touching farce."
A total surprise from the award-winning author of, most recently, The Winter Room (1989, Newbery Honor): a comic, accessible novel about a classic 15-year-old klutz. Read full book review >

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THE WINTER ROOM by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1989

"Readers will be rare, but this is too fine to be ignored as a shelf-sitter."
More a prose poem than a novel, this beautifully written evocation of a Minnesota farm perhaps 40 years ago consists of portraits of each of the four seasons, along with four brief stories told by old Uncle David in the room the family calls "The Winter Room." Read full book review >

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THE ISLAND by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1988

"Fuller development of the parents would have made a stronger book; still, Wil's realization that they too are worthy of understanding makes a poignant conclusion to a novel that will appeal most to the unusual reader."
In a milder variation on the theme of self-discovery through experience sounded in Hatchet (Newbery Honor, 1988), Wil spends a few solitary days on an island near his home, tuning into nature and his own creativity. Read full book review >