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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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 >

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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

Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"For his fans, well worth reading."
One of Paulsen's earliest novels (it received very limited distribution in 1978): a romantic, unusual love story that presages his later strengths—and weaknesses. Read full book review >

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TILTAWHIRL JOHN by Gary Paulsen
Released: Dec. 31, 1978

"The acute observations outweigh the portentousness."
When you hoe beets you're alone, so alone you might as well be on another planet," and when you work a carnival, it's like being separate, detached, "from outer space"—and it's the runaway narrator's immersion in these other worlds that gives Paulsen's high-key, deep-think story a real punch. Read full book review >

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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 >

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HATCHET by Gary Paulsen
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1987

"A winner."
A prototypical survival story: after an airplane crash, a 13-year-old city boy spends two months alone in the Canadian wilderness. Read full book review >

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WINTERKILL by Gary Paulsen
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"Ultimately Duda's brand of toughness is simply bathetic, but readers who can take the explicit violence and are mature enough not to mistake clever writing for profundity will want to make that judgment on their own."
It's a measure of Paulsen's gut level effectiveness that one really does come to feel some affection for Duda, a corrupt cop who extorts graft from kids in the form of illegally taken fish, who spends most of his night shifts shooting rabbits and visiting his mistress, and who kills two unresisting bank robbers in cold blood. Read full book review >

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WOODSONG by Gary Paulsen
Released: Aug. 1, 1990

"This may be Paulsen's best book yet: it should delight and enthrall almost any reader."
A three-time Newbery Honor winner tells—in a memoir that is even more immediate and compelling than his novels—about his intimate relationship with Minnesota's north woods and the dog team he trained for Alaska's Iditarod. 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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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 >