Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Gary Paulsen books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
1. Hatchet (2006)
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and…
the five books in the Hatchet series….
3. Woodsong (2007)
Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor author, is no stranger to adventure. He has flown off the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall to near disaster, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs toward the Alaskan Mountain Range in an Iditarod — the grueling, 1,180-mile dogsled race — hallucinating from lack of sleep, but he determined to finish. Here, in vivid detail, Paulsen recounts several of the remarkable experiences that shaped his life and inspired his award-winning writing. A School Library Journal Best Book A…
4. The River (A Hatchet Adventure) (2012)
Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. This time Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him. But a freak storm leaves Derek unconscious. Brian’s only hope is to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. He’s survived with only a hatchet before–now can Brian build a raft and navigate an unknown river? For the first time it’s not only Brian’s survival that’s at stake. . . An IRA-CBC Children’s…
Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on. Map and color photographs….
6. Brian’s Return (A Hatchet Adventure) (2012)
As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian’s Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges. But now that’s he’s back to ordinary life, he can’t make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the north woods. How can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs? The answer is to return. Gay Paulsen skillfully explores the meaning of belonging and purpose, and reminds us of a crucial rule of the wilderness: expect the unexpected. “Bold, confident…
7. Canyons (2011)
Two boys, separated by the canyons of time and two vastly different cultures, face the challenges by which they will become men.Coyote Runs, an Apache boy, takes part in his first raid. But he is to be a man for only a short time.More than a hundred years later, while camping near Dog Canyon, 15-year-old Brennan Cole becomes obsessed with a skull that he finds, pierced by a bullet. He learns that it is the skull of an Apache boy executed by soldiers in 1864. A mystical link joins Brennan and Coyote Runs, and Brennan knows that neither boy will find peace until Coyote Runs’ skull is carried back to an…
This collectible boxed set of beloved titles from acclaimed author Gary Paulsen includes Dancing Carl, Dogsong, Hatchet, and Woodsong. In Dancing Carl, a teen’s terrible secret becomes a fragile expression of hope and the healing power of love. In the Newbery Honor Book Dogsong, Russel, driven by a strange, powerful dream, takes a team of dogs on an epic journey of self-discovery that will change his life forever. In the Newbery Honor Book Hatchet, Brian Robeson must survive fifty-four harrowing days following a plane crash, stranded in the desolate wilderness with only his instincts—and his hatchet. And in…
9. Woods Runner (2011)
Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners. Samuel follows, hiding, moving silently, determined to find a way to rescue them. Each day he confronts the enemy, and the tragedy and horror of this war. But he also discovers allies, men and women working secretly for the patriot cause….
10. Brian’s Winter (Custom Book Bundles) (2012)
In the Newbery Honor-winning Hatchet, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. As millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if that hadn’t happened? What if Brian had been left to face his deadliest enemy–winter? Brian Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy confronts the ultimate adventure. “Paulsen picks Hatchet’s story up in midstream; read together, the two books make…
11. Brian’s Hunt (A Hatchet Adventure) (2012)
Brian Robeson has stood up to the challenge of surviving the wilderness in Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, and Brian’s Return. Now, while camping alone on a lake in the woods, he finds a wounded and whimpering dog. As Brian treats her wounds, he worries about who or what did this to her. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly, to check on his Cree friends. With his new companion at his side, he sets out on the hunt. Gary Paulsen expertly delivers a riveting story that brilliantly combines two of his great themes: the human animal’s…
12. Harris and Me (2007)
A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle’s farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. “On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers’ appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations. All this adds up to a hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roaring entertainment.”–Publishers Weekly…
13. Tracker (2007)
For John Borne’s family, hunting has nothing to do with sport or manliness. It’s a matter of survival. Every fall John and his grandfather go off into the woods to shoot the deer that puts meat on the table over the long Minnesota winter. But this year John’s grandfather is dying, and John must hunt alone. John tracks a doe for two days, but as he closes in on his prey, he realizes he cannot shoot her. For John, the hunt is no longer about killing, but about life….
Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. Paulsen acclaimed as a writer for young adult readers. His three novels Hatchet, Winter Room, and Dogsong are very famous amongst young generation across the globe and also won Newberry honor book medal. Gary Paulsen and his wife Ruth Wright Paulsen live in New Mexico. His wife is an artist who illustrated cover pages of many of his books and Gary Paulsen has 221 books on Goodreads with 662519 ratings. Gary Paulsen’s most popular book is Hatchet (Brian’s Saga, #1). 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 and has written more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. Gary Paulsen is an American author of young adult and children’s books, including adventure, western, coming-of-age, non-fiction and more. He is a prolific author with over 200 books in print, plus 200 short stories and magazine articles and many plays.
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An Introduction to Polysaccharide Biotechnology
Author(s): Stephen E. Harding, Michael P. Tombs, Gary G. Adams, Berit Smestad Paulsen, Kari Tvete Inngjerdingen, Hilde Barsett
Publisher: CRC Press, Year: 2017, Size: 6 Mb, Download: pdf
Author(s): Jill C. Wheeler
Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company;ABDO;Checkerboard Library, Year: 2014, Size: 8 Mb, Download: pdf
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books;Ember, Year: 2012, Size: 421 Kb, Download: pdf
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books, Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
Gary Paulsen (Teen Reads: Student Companions to Young Adult Literature)
Author(s): James B. Blasingame
Publisher: Greenwood, Year: 2007, Size: 710 Kb, Download: pdf
Author(s): Gary Paulsen
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