Search Results: "Ruth Wright Paulsen"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 1997

"But here she offers a clear plan, hope, and a challenge to inner-city youth and their educators. (20 photos, not seen)"
An inspiring if simplistic account of an African-American educator determined to make a difference in the lives of indifferent students. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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 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 >