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A three-time Newbery Honor winner, Gary Paulsen is also winner of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors an authors lifetime contribution to writing books for teenagers.Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of Americas most popularMoreA three-time Newbery Honor winner, Gary Paulsen is also winner of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award, which honors an authors lifetime contribution to writing books for teenagers.Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of Americas most popular writers for young people.

Although he was never a dedicated student, 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.Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure.

A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm- jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor- and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dogsled race, the Iditarod- have provided ample material from which he creates his powerful stories.Paulsens realization that he would become a writer came suddenly when he was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California.

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 northernMinnesota where he rented a cabin on a lake- by the end of the winter, he had completed his first novel.Living in the remote Minnesota woods, Paulsen eventually turned to the sport of dogsled racing, and entered the 1983 Iditarod.

In 1985, after running the Iditarod for the second time, he suffered an attack of angina and was forced to give up his dogs. I started to focus on writing the same energies and efforts that I was using with dogs.

So were talking 18-, 19-, 20-hour days completely committed to work. Totally, viciously, obsessively committed to work, the way Id run dogs. . . . I still work that way, completely, all the time. I just work. I dont drink, I dont fool around, Im just this way. . . . The end result is theres a lot of books out there.It is Paulsens overwhelming belief in young people that drives him to write.

His intense desire to tap deeply into the human spirit and to encourage readers to observe and care about the world around them has brought him both enormous popularity with young people and critical acclaim from the childrens book community. Paulsen is a master storyteller who has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is one of the most important writers of young adult literature today, and three of his novels-Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room-were Newbery Honor Books.

His books frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.Paulsen has received many letters from readers (as many as 200 a day) telling him they felt Brian Robesons story in Hatchet was left unfinished by his early rescue, before the winter came and made things really tough. They wanted to know what would happen if Brian were not rescued, if he had to survive in the winter.

Paulsen says, I researched and wrote Brians Winter, showing what could and perhaps would have happened had Brian not been rescued.In Paulsens most recent Brian-related book, Guts: The



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