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 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 >

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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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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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THE QUILT by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 11, 2004

"A story to savor and share and Paulsen at his best. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In 1944, with his father at war and his mother working the night shift at the munitions factory, the narrator—"the boy"—goes to live with his grandmother Alida in northern Minnesota. Read full book review >