Search Results: "Ruth Wright Paulsen"


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MY LIFE IN DOG YEARS by Gary Paulsen
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Thoughtful, ironic, often hilarious, these vivid character portraits not only make winning stories, but convey a deep respect for all dogs: 'They are wonderful and, I think, mandatory for decent human life.' (Memoir. 10-13)"
Paulsen paid loving tribute to the sled dogs in his life in Puppies, Dogs and Blue Northers (1996) so gives eight more canine companions equal time: Snowball, who saved his life when he was seven, to Caesar, an enthusiastic Great Dane who "overwhelmed the furniture" but was gentle with children, to Fred, who did battle with an electric fence, to Quincy, who did battle with a bear that attacked the author's wife. Read full book review >

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WORKSONG by Gary Paulsen
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1997

The Paulsens (Woodsong, 1990, etc.) create a song—really a lyric verse—in praise of ordinary workers, a refreshing slant for a culture mired in the worship of celebrity. Read full book review >

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CANOE DAYS by Gary Paulsen
ANIMALS
Released: March 9, 1999

"This observant and understated look into nature is both soothing and surprising. (Picture book. 4-7)"
The Paulsens' picture book offers a tranquil, meditative idyll that glides as easily as a canoe on still water. Read full book review >

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PUPPIES, DOGS, AND BLUE NORTHERS by Gary Paulsen
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Such a bond, such a love I had with Cookie'—and such a book he wrote to share that love with others. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
Readers who aren't misled by the New Age subtitle—"Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs"—will find themselves along on a wonderful ride. Read full book review >

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DOGTEAM by Gary Paulsen
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"An inspired collaboration vividly re-creating an exhilarating experience. (Picture book. 4+)"
The author and his wife celebrate their longtime avocation of training sled dogs (Gary Paulsen has twice run the Iditarod). Read full book review >

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THE HAYMEADOW by Gary Paulsen
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An entertaining yarn, but a minor literary effort. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Left in a remote mountain pasture to care for 6000 sheep, a Wyoming rancher's 14-year-old son has a typical Paulsen series of adventures. Read full book review >

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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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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"While it is too dense for younger children, middle-graders will no doubt be fascinated. (author note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
One of nine sisters and one brother born to a Quaker family, Patience grew up in New Jersey and discovered her talent for sculpting figures early on. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Despite occasional redundancies—only natural given the 400 pages of commentary on a brief text—this book is absorbing and provocative."
A generally superb collection of both traditional and unorthodox readings of the Book of Ruth. Read full book review >

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SAVING RUTH by Zoe Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Conflicts and secrets abound, yet the tension doesn't quite build, so the eruption of the final crisis seems abrupt and the resolution far too easy."
Home after the first year at college—can you keep your secrets hidden? Read full book review >

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RICHARD WRIGHT by Hazel Rowley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"A fresh and realistic depiction."
Australian biographer Rowley (Christina Stead, 1994) offers an insightful look at the African-American cultural icon and iconoclast. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2010

"An emotionally astute study that belies its length."
A brief introduction to the pioneering, cantankerous and oft-frustrated author. Read full book review >