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Authors - Gary Paulsen

  1. 1. PRESENTS:
  2. 2. • Gary James Paulsen (born May 17, 1939) is an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. • He is the author of more than 200 books, more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. • Much of Paulsen's work features the outdoors and highlights the importance of nature. • He often uses "coming of age" themes in his novels, where a character masters the art of survival in isolation as a rite of passage to manhood and maturity. He is critical of technology and has been called a Luddite.
  3. 3. • Gary Paulsen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Oscar and Eunice H. Paulsen • His father was a career Army officer, on General Patton's staff, who spent most of World War II overseas. Gary did not meet his father until he was 9 years old. He spent time throughout his childhood with his grandmother, aunts and various other relatives. • As a boy, he worked several jobs, including setting pins at the bowling alley, delivering newspapers and working as a farm hand. He bought his own school supplies and a rifle, which he used to hunt for food. Eventually, he gave up the rifle and manufactured his own bow and arrows which he used to hunt deer. • Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read — along with his own library card — he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.
  4. 4. • But Gary had a sad childhood. Both of his parents were alcoholics, and could not care for him. At the age of 14, Gary ran away from home and joined a carnival. • Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure, and moved between several different jobs. He spent one summer doing rigorous chores on a farm; also taking jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod. All these have provided ample material from which he creates his powerful stories. • Paulsen was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California when he decide he wanted to be a writer. One night he walked off the job, never to return. He spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader, working on his own writing every night. • Then he left California and drove to northern Minnesota where he rented a cabin on a lake; by the end of the winter, he had completed his first novel.
  5. 5. • Gary Paulsen scored his first successful children’s book with Mr. Tucket. It is about 14-year-old Francis Tucket who wanders away from his family's wagon on the Oregon Trail and is captured by the Pawnee Indians. It was first published in 1969. • Other books in the series are: – Call Me Francis Tucket (1995) – Tucket's Ride (1997) – Tucket's Gold (1999) – Tucket's Home (2000)
  6. 6. • Gary Paulsen’s most successful series began with a book called Hatchet, first published in 1987. • In the story, Brian Robeson is a thirteen year-old son of divorced parents. • As he travels on a Cessna 406 bush plane to visit his father in the oil fields in northern Canada for the summer, the pilot suffers a heart attack and dies; • Brian tries to land the plane, but ends up crash-landing into a lake in the forest, saving nothing but his hatchet—a gift his mother gave him shortly before his plane departed—and his own life. • Throughout the summer, Brian attempts to survive in the endless wilderness with only his hatchet.
  7. 7. • Hatchet was a tremendous success, both critically and commercially, winning a Newbery Honor Medal and selling over four million copies to date. He followed it with four sequels: • The River (Hatchet: The Return) (1991) • Brian's Winter (Hatchet: Winter) (1996) • Brian's Return (Hatchet: The Call) (1999) • Brian's Hunt (2003) • In 1990, a movie based on Hatchet, was made, called A Cry In The Wild.
  8. 8. • Gary Paulsen is a tremendously prolific author, having written over 200 books! • He has written both fiction and non- fiction, and also penned several autobiographies, based on his own true-life adventures. • Most recently, he has been writing books for younger audiences, showing off his quirky sense of humor and masterful storytelling technique. • The book we’re going to read is called Lawn Boy, and was published in 2009. It is about a boy who inherits an old riding lawn mower, and gets a summer job mowing his neighbor’s lawns; with completely unexpected results!
  9. 9. A NUTSY THE SQUIRREL PRODUCTION COPYRIGHT 2013 OAK HILLS MEDIA CENTER ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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