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Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is a popular author of kids books such as the Brian's Saga (Hatchet) and Newbery Honor books Dog Song and The Winter Room. Many of his books take place in the wilderness.

Where did Gary grow up?

Gary was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 17, 1939. Gary had an interesting childhood running away from home to join the circus at the age of fourteen. Seriously! He then worked a number of jobs including construction worker, engineer, sailor, and truck driver.

How did Gary become an Author

Gary had always loved to read. It was his passion as a kid. One day he was doing his job as an engineer and he decided he wanted to write. He got a job as a proofreader and worked on his own writing every night. He finally ended up moving to a cabin where he finished his first novel.

Gary loves to write, he likes to encourage kids, and he enjoys the wilderness where he lives. All of these passions combine in Gary's books for kids.

Fun Facts about Gary Paulsen

List of Gary Paulsen books

On Gary's website he said if he had to recommend only a few of his books to read he would recommend Soldier's Heart, Harris and Me, Dogsong, and Nightjohn.

Gary has written over 200 books! We'll list some of his most recent and popular Kids Books here: The Tucket Adventures Brian's Saga Murphy series World of Adventure Tales to Tickle the Funnybone Latest Novels

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