Search Results: "Gary Paulsen"


BOOK REVIEW

FAMILY TIES by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 22, 2014

"Another funny episode in a well-meaning (sort of, anyway) kid's life. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kevin, 14 and no stranger to hyperbole, is back for a fifth humor-infused outing as he tries valiantly to deal with his often bizarre extended family (Vote, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >

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LAWN BOY by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 12, 2007

"Capital! (Fiction. 9-12)"
After his grandmother gives him an old riding lawnmower for his summer birthday, this comedy's 12-year-old narrator putt-putts into a series of increasingly complex and economically advantageous adventures. Read full book review >

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VOTE by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 13, 2013

"Still, especially for kids who have watched recent elections, Kevin's brand of campaigning is readily recognizable. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Kevin knows the buzzwords that will surely get him elected student-body president; it's unfortunate that he's running for the wrong reason. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. TUCKET by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1969

"Unfortunate."
A wild (i.e. unfocused, unfounded) Western that turns sanctimonious at the conclusion. Read full book review >

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CLABBERED DIRT, SWEET GRASS by Gary Paulsen
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"And the nine postimpressionist paintings by Ruth Wright Paulsen, the author's wife, nicely complement his colorful prose."
A lyrical and sensual celebration of four seasons on the American farm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE VOYAGE OF THE FROG by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: March 1, 1988

"Like the adults in Hatchet, David's parents and Owen remain shadowy figures, within the range of the possible (though few parents would willingly allow a boy to undertake such a journey), but that is beside the point: this story is about the voyage of the Frog—an epic, often lyrical journey of self-discovery, perhaps less gripping than Hatchet but with a subtler, more penetrating delineation of its protagonist."
Another tautly written survival story, much like Hatchet (1987, Newbery Honor Book) in design, though not in incident. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CROSSING by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"Graphic details and some harsh language make this a book for older children and teen-agers who will not want to put it down."
Returning to some of the themes of Sentries, Paulsen tells a harshly taut story, set in a Mexican border town, about two people who meet on the edge of oblivion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SENTRIES by Gary Paulsen
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 1986

"The novel's power lies in the immediacy of these truncated beginnings; its only hope is in the title: if these promising young people are sentries, can they guard against annihilation of the fecund world so poignantly evoked on Paulsen's last page?"
Four young adults come to dramatic realizations that would profoundly alter their futures. . .if the world survived. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIELD TRIP by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readers who enjoyed the first will want to share this trip as well, but fresh ideas are needed if there's to be a third journey. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A boy, a dad, two dogs, and a much-needed field trip. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE TIME HACKERS by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 11, 2005

"Light and entertaining, this should appeal to reluctant readers as well as confirmed Paulsen fans. (Fiction. 9-12)"
In an unidentified future time when laptops can be rolled up and gold is worth ten times what it is today, seventh-grader Dorso and best friend Frank find themselves in the middle of a time-travel game that escalates from smelly dead things appearing in Dorso's locker to involuntary transportation to dangerous moments in history. Read full book review >