Francis Tucket Books In Publication Order
- Mr. Tucket / Chance for Escape (1994)
- Call Me Francis Tucket (1995)
- Tucket’s Ride (1997)
- Tucket’s Home (1998)
- Tucket’s Gold (1999)
Lt. Ronnie Gold Books In Publication Order
- The Sweeper (1981)
- Clutterkill (1991)
Brian Robeson Books In Publication Order
- Hatchet (1986)
- The River / The Return (1991)
- Brian’s Winter / Winter (1996)
- Brian’s Return / The Call (1999)
- Brian’s Hunt (2003)
Murphy Books In Publication Order
- Murphy (1987)
- Murphy’s Gold (1988)
- Murphy’s Herd (1989)
- Murphy’s War (1990)
- Murphy’s Stand (With: Brian Burks) (1993)
- Murphy’s Ambush (With: Brian Burks) (1995)
- Murphy’s Trail (With: Brian Burks) (1996)
Tales to Tickle the Funnybone Books In Publication Order
- The Boy Who Owned the School (1990)
- Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered (1993)
- The Schernoff Discoveries (1997)
- The Glass Cafe (2003)
- Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day (2004)
- The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech (2006)
Alida Books In Publication Order
- The Cookcamp (1991)
- Alida’s Song (1999)
- The Quilt (2004)
Duncan Culpepper Books In Publication Order
- The Case of the Dirty Bird (1992)
- Dunc’s Doll (1992)
- Culpepper’s Cannon (1992)
- Dunc Gets Tweaked (1992)
- Dunc’s Halloween (1992)
- Dunc Breaks the Record (1992)
- Dunc and the Flaming Ghost (1992)
- Amos Gets Famous (1992)
- Dunc and Amos Hit the Big Top (1993)
- Dunc’s Dump (1993)
- Dunc and the Scam Artists (1993)
- Dunc and Amos and the Red Tattoos (1993)
- Dunc’s Undercover Christmas (1993)
- Dunc and the Haunted Castle (1993)
- Cowpokes and Desperados (1993)
- The Wild Culpepper Cruise (1993)
- Prince Amos (1994)
- Coach Amos (1994)
- Amos and the Alien (1994)
- Dunc and Amos Meet the Slasher (1994)
- Dunc and the Greased Sticks of Doom (1994)
- Amos’s Killer Concert Caper (1994)
- Amos Gets Married (1995)
- Amos Goes Bananas (1996)
- Dunc and Amos Go to the Dogs (1996)
- Amos and the Vampire (1996)
- Amos and the Chameleon Caper (1996)
- Amos Binder, Secret Agent (1996)
- Dunc and Amos on Thin Ice (1997)
- Super Amos (1997)
Nightjohn Books In Publication Order
- Nightjohn (1993)
- Sarny (1997)
World Of Adventure Books In Publication Order
- The Legend of Red Horse Cavern (1994)
- Rodomonte’s Revenge / Video Trap (1994)
- Escape from Fire Mountain (1994)
- The Rock Jockeys / Devil’s Wall (1995)
- The Gorgon Slayer (1995)
- Hook ‘Em Snotty (1995)
- Danger on Midnight River (1995)
- Captive! (1995)
- Project: A Perfect World / Perfect Danger (1996)
- The Treasure of El Patron / Treasure Ship (1996)
- Skydive! (1996)
- The Seventh Crystal (1996)
- The Creature of Black Water Lake (1997)
- Time Benders (1997)
- Grizzly (1997)
- Thunder Valley (1997)
- Curse of the Ruins (1998)
- Flight of the Hawk (1998)
Lawn Boy Books In Publication Order
- Lawn Boy (2007)
- Lawn Boy Returns (2010)
Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties Of…Books In Publication Order
- Liar, Liar (2011)
- Flat Broke (2011)
- Crush (2012)
- Vote (2013)
Road Trip Books In Publication Order
- Road Trip (2013)
- Field Trip (2015)
Liar, Liar Books In Publication Order
- Family Ties (2014)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Some Birds Don’t Fly (1968)
- Winterkill (1976)
- The Implosion Effect (1976)
- The Death Specialists (1976)
- The Foxman (1977)
- Tiltawhirl John / Tasting the Thunder (1977)
- The Golden Stick (1977)
- CB Jockey / The C.B. Radio Caper (1977)
- The Curse of the Cobra (1977)
- The Green Recruit (1978)
- Tracker (1978)
- The Night the White Deer Died (1978)
- The Spitball Gang (1980)
- Compkill (1981)
- Dancing Carl (1983)
- Popcorn Days and Buttermilk Nights (1983)
- Dogsong (1985)
- Sentries (1986)
- The Crossing (1987)
- The Island (1988)
- The Voyage of the Frog (1989)
- The Winter Room (1989)
- Night Rituals (1989)
- Canyons (1990)
- The Monument (1991)
- The Haymeadow / The Fourteenth Summer (1992)
- Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass (1992)
- A Christmas Sonata (1992)
- Sisters/Hermanas (1993)
- Tasting the Thunder (1993)
- The Car (1994)
- The Tent (1995)
- The Rifle (1995)
- Ice Race (1997)
- The Transall Saga / Blue Light (1998)
- Soldier’s Heart (1998)
- The White Fox Chronicles / White Fox (2000)
- The Beet Fields (2000)
- The Time Hackers (2005)
- The Legend of Bass Reeves (2006)
- Notes from the Dog (2009)
- Mudshark (2009)
- Woods Runner (2009)
- Masters of Disaster (2011)
- This Side of Wild (2015)
- Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat (2016)
- Fishbone’s Song (2016)
- Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood (2021)
- How to Train Your Dad (2021)
- Northwind (2022)
Picture Books In Publication Order
- Dogteam (1993)
- The Tortilla Factory (1995)
- Work Song (1997)
- Canoe Days (1999)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- All Aboard Stage 5 Traditional Tales (1998)
- Paintings from the Cave (2011)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Martin Luther King, the Man Who Climbed the Mountain (1976)
- The Small Ones (1976)
- Dribbling, Shooting, and Scoring–Sometimes (1976)
- Farm: A History and Celebration of the American Farmer (1977)
- Tackling, Running, and Kicking – Now and Again (1977)
- Hiking and Backpacking (1978)
- Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting (1979)
- Downhill, Hotdogging, and Cross-Country If the Snow Isn’t Sticky (1979)
- Pummeling, Falling, and Getting Up Sometimes (1979)
- Athletics (1980)
- Ice Hockey (1980)
- Motor Cycling (1980)
- Skiing (1980)
- Tennis (1980)
- Woodsong (1990)
- Eastern Sun, Winter Moon (1993)
- Madonna Stories (1993)
- Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod (1994)
- Father Water, Mother Woods: Essays on Fishing and Hunting in the North Woods (1994)
- My Life in Dog Years (1997)
- Pilgrimage on a Steel Ride / Zero to Sixty (1997)
- Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats (2001)
- Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books (2001)
- How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports (2003)
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Gary Paulsen Books Overview
Fourteen year old Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family by wagon train. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is thrilled that he is being treated like an adult. But Francis lags behind to practice shooting and is captured by Pawnees. It will take wild horses, hostile tribes, and a mysterious one armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes to help Francis become the man who will be called Mr. Tucket.
Francis Tucket now feels more confident that he can handle just about anything. A year ago, on the wagon train, he was kidnapped from his family by a Pawnee hunting party. Then he escaped with the help of the mountain man Mr. Grimes. Now that he and Mr. Grimes have parted ways, Francis is heading west on his Indian pony, crossing the endless prairie, trying to find his family.
After a year with Mr. Grimes, Francis has learned to live by the harsh code of the wilderness. He can cause a stampede, survive his own mistakes, and face up to desperadoes. But when he rescues a little girl and her younger brother, Francis takes on more than he bargained for. All of a sudden he’s in charge of Lottie and Billy, a family of his own.
Fast-paced and exciting, Calling Me Francis Tucket continues the journey begun in Mr. Tucket, taking readers deeper into the American West, and deeper into Francis’s changing knowledge of what it takes to survive on a new frontier.
Francis Tucket and his adopted family, Lottie and Billy, are heading west in search of Francis’s parents on the Oregon Trail. But when winter comes early, Francis turns south to avoid the cold, and leads them right into enemy territory. The United States and Mexico are at war, and Francis, Lottie, and Billy are captured by the most ruthless band of outlaws Francis has ever seen. Loyalty, endurance, and the element of surprise offer hope for their survival in Tucket’s Ride, the third book about Francis Tucket.
Francis Tucket finds his family at last in this conclusion to the popular Tucket Adventures, set in the West of 1847 1849. Francis Tucket, Lottie and Billy have survived extraordinary, hair raising adventures in their quest to find Francis’s family, lost when he was kidnapped from a wagon train on the Oregon Trail. Now they meet up with a British explorer, bloodthirsty soldiers, and in a tragic, heroic encounter, with Jason Grimes, the mountain man. Their way is made more treacherous still by the secret they carry, the ancient gold they discovered in a Spanish grave. In this final adventure they head home at last, and an epilogue tells what happens to them on the Oregon frontier.
Gary Paulsen’s popular Western saga continues in the fourth novel about Francis Tucket. Things look grim for Francis and his adopted family, Lottie and Billy. Without horses, water, or food, they’re alone in a prairie wasteland, with the dreaded Comanchero outlaws in pursuit. Death can strike at any moment but so can good fortune. When they stumble upon an ancient treasure, it takes teamwork, courage, and wit to hold on to it. By sticking together, Francis and his family wind up rich beyond their wildest dreams, and ready to head west to find Francis’s parents on the Oregon Trail.
ALONE Thirteen year old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the Hatchet his mother gave him as a present and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair it will take all his know how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive. For twenty years Gary Paulsen’s award winning contemporary classic has been the survival story with which all others are compared. This new edition, with a reading group guide, will introduce a new generation of readers to this page turning, heart stopping adventure.
‘We want you to do it again.’These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for fifty four days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to do it again to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. This time he won’t be alone: Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him to observe and take notes. But during a freak storm, Derek is hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Their radio transmitter is dead. Brian is afraid that derek will die of dehydration unless he can get him to a doctor. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post if the map he has is accurate.
In Hatchet, 13 year old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn’t been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy winter?Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy confronts the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure.
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 in civilization, he can’t find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North. The only answer is to return to ‘go back in’ for only in the wilderness can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs. From the Paperback edition.
Millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Winter, and Brian s Return know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization.
When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he worries about his Cree friends who live north of his camp. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly. With his new companion at his side, and with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets out to learn what happened. He sets out on the hunt.
Jacob Freisten’s goal in life is to go about unnoticed. He’s perfect at gliding past the jocks’ lockers and sneaking into his English class. That was, until now. If Jacob wants to pass English, he must work for extra credit on the stage crew of the school production of The Wizard of Oz.
Jacob, who is usually in a fog anyway, has the the job of running the fog machine. The problem is that Maria Tresser, the girl of his dreams, is cast as the Wicked Witch. Jacob’s already made a fool of himself in front of Maria. How can he face her again?
This summer will be different. That’s for sure. When an eleven year old city boy is dropped off to stay on a farm with relatives, he doesn’t know what to expect. His cousin Harris soon takes care of that. Harris is rude and crude and finds trouble at every turn. He leads his city cousin into everything from wrestling slippery pigs to catching mice to a daredevil jump out of a barn loft. And that’s not all. There are swimming and cowboy movies and enough good food to fill the boys up for days. Farm life is hard but never lonely. Before long, Harris’s cousin has found a place where he belongs. If only summer could last forever.
Harold Schernoff, 14 year old science whiz and social nerd, has a theory for every problem, from dating, to bullies, to making money, to sports, to how to buy a car when you’re underage. When he and his buddy team up to put his theories to the test, nothing goes according to plan. A ski lesson becomes: Mass x Acceleration x Slope of hill = eeeAAGGHHH. As for first dates, only Harold could mastermind such disaster. Only Harold could go fishing and get caught by the fish. And only Gary Paulsen could write such a wonderfully funny story of friendship.
THE STORY IS all true and happened to me and is mine.
Tony’s mom, Al, is a terrific single mother who works as a dancer at the Kitty Kat Club. Twelve year old Tony is a budding artist, inspired by backstage life at the club. When some of his drawings end up in an art show and catch the attention of the social services agency, Al and Tony find themselves in the middle of a legal wrangle and a media circus. Is Al a responsible mother? It s the case of the stripper vs. the state, and Al isn t giving Tony up without a fight.
Once again Gary Paulsen proves why he s one of America s most beloved writers. The Glass Caf is a fresh and funny exploration of motherhood, art, and the wiles of storytelling all told by Tony, in his own true voice.
From the Hardcover edition.
Learned her wacky grandma was coming to spend the day at school with her;
Lost her Notebook with Everything that Matters in it, including her homework;
Got a black eye.
Tore her skirt.
And it’s only 9 a.m.
Could things get any worse?
From the Hardcover edition.
I should have seen it coming. A long time before it came I should have known. I was six or seven years old and there was a girl living next door named Peggy. She was a year older than me and a lot stronger and we were wrestling and she held me down…
. All of a sudden it seemed there was something about girls that wasn’t all bad. I didn’t know what it was but I should have known that this first feeling with Peggy Ollendorfer meant that down the road, later, I was in for a big surprise. Afterward, when I was a little older, if you’d asked me what the surprise was like, I’d have said it was about like getting hit by a train. Puberty.
Told through the eyes of a 5 year old boy, this is a story of adventure and discovery in a cookcamp located in the Canadian woods during World War II. When?: World War IIWhere?: A cookcamp in the Canadian woodsWhy?: He’s not really sure. One summer, a 5 year old boy goes to live with his grandmother in a cookcamp. The camp is home to 9 men who are building a road through the woods. The boy misses his mother, but at the same time the camp becomes home a special home where he learns to spit and rides the tractor. It’s a wonderful summer, but then he lets slip to his grandmother about ‘Uncle Casey’ and she writes seven letters to his mother. Seven letters that she mails ‘good and hard.’ A short while later, the boy returns home.
A remarkable novel about one of the most important, and loving, relationships in Gary Paulsen’s life. The wonderful grandmother seen through the eyes of a young boy in The Cookcamp reaches out to him at 14, offering him a haven from his harsh and painful family life. She arranges a summer job for him on the farm where she is a cook for Gunnar and Olaf, elderly brothers. Farm life offers the camaraderie and routine of hard work, good food, peaceful evenings spent making music together, even learning to dance. Life with Alicia gives the boy strength and faith in himself, drawing him away from the edge and into the center of life.
A six year old boy goes to spend the summer with his grandmother Alida in a small town near the Canadian border. With the men all gone off to fight, the women are left to run the farms. There’s plenty for the boy to do trying to help with the chores, getting to know the dog, and the horses, cows, pigs, and chickens.
But when his cousin Kristina goes into labor, he can t do a thing. Instead, the house fills with women come to help and to wait, and to work on a quilt together. This is no common, everyday quilt, but one that contains all the stories of the boy s family. The Quilt tells the truth, past and future: of happiness, courage, and pain; of the greatest joy, and the greatest loss. And as they wait, the women share these memorable stories with the boy.
From the Hardcover edition.
When someone steals Lash’s prototype skateboard just before the big skateboarding competition, Lash and Dunc are determined to get it back.
After winning a contest, Dunc and Amos are off to a ski vacation in Vail, Colorado, where they will make their mark in more ways than one. By the author of Canyons.
While Dunc and Amos follow leads in order to crack a stolen stereo racket, Amos dresses in disguise in leather with slicked back hair in order to hide from the new kid who has promised to eat Amos for lunch.
In helping an extraterrestrial get back to his planet, Amos hides him under his bed while he and Dunc think of what to do, until Amos starts displaying new powers on the football field, and Dunc thinks the mysterious alien is behind it.
Amy’s new beau a pallid boy with hypnotic eyes has the disturbing habit of disappearing at will, and it is up to her little brother Amos to stop the vampire from having the Culpeppers as a snack.
‘To know things, for us to know things, is bad for them. We get to wanting and when we get to wanting it’s bad for them. They thinks we want what they got…
. That’s why they don’t want us reading.’ Nightjohn ‘I didn’t know what letters was, not what they meant, but I thought it might be something I wanted to know. To learn.’ SarnySarny, a female slave at the Waller plantation, first sees Nightjohn when he is brought there with a rope around his neck, his body covered in scars. He had escaped north to freedom, but he came back came back to teach reading. Knowing that the penalty for reading is dismemberment Nightjohn still retumed to slavery to teach others how to read. And twelve year old Sarny is willing to take the risk to learn. Set in the 1850s, Gary Paulsen’s groundbreaking new novel is unlike anything else the award winning author has written. It is a meticulously researched, historically accurate, and artistically crafted portrayal of a grim time in our nation’s past, brought to light through the personal history of two unforgettable characters.
So many readers have written and asked: What happened to Sarny, the young slave girl who learned to read in Nightjohn? Extraordinary things happened to her, from the moment she fled the plantation in the last days of the Civil War, suddenly a free woman in search of her sold away children, until she found them and began a new life. Sarny‘s story gives a panoramic view of America in a time of trial, tragedy, and hoped for change, until her last days in the 1930s.
From the Hardcover edition.
Discovering the secret of an ancient Apache legend in the damp, dark caverns of the Sacramento Mountains, Will ”Little Bear” Tucker and his friend Sarah Thompson realize they are pursued by armed bandits and a headless Indian warrior.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Thirteen year old Nikki Roberts tries to help two children trapped by a forest fire but finds her efforts blocked by poachers who want her to become one of the fire’s victims.
Discovering a wrecked B 17 Bomber and the remains of its crew on Devil’s Wall mountain, three young climbers, who have become trapped in the same area, learn from the navigator’s diary that he used his dead crewman for food.
Warren lives a world of adventure every day in his after school job where he slays monsters and finds a tremendous challenge facing a Gorgon that he must battle without his sword.
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Slow learner Daniel Martin escapes peer teasing by spending most of his time outdoors. When a van crash plunges him and a gang of bullies into the river, Daniel must choose between saving himself and risking his life to save the others.
Roman Sanchez, whose S.W.A.T. team father had been killed in the line of duty, must cope with fear, memories, and extreme danger when he and three others are held hostage by masked gunmen in a mountain cabin.
Enjoying the computer game that arrived mysteriously without a return address, young Chris Masters plays obsessively and eventually comes to realize that the world of the game is real.
Justin McCallister loves life on his aunt and uncle’s Montana sheep ranch until a Grizzly bear begins terrorizing the livestock, injuring Justin’s collie, Radar, and killing his pet lamb, Blue. Justin decides to take matters into his own hands and sets out to track down the bear. But things become more dangerous than Justin ever could have imagined when he comes face to face with the Grizzly.
Twins Jeremy and Jason Parsons are helping their grandma run the Thunder Valley Ski Lodge while their grandfather recuperates from a broken hip. When Grandma Parsons joins their grandfather at the hospital, the boys are left to take care of the lodge on their own. Strange things begin happening once Grandma leaves, though. Could it be the work of a mysterious secret society called ‘The Broken Tree’?
Katie, Sam, and their cousin Shala can’t wait to get to San Marcos, New Mexico. There they are meeting Katie and Sam’s dad, an anthropologist who’s studying the ruins of the ancient cliff dwellers at El Debajo. But Dr. Crockett isn’t there to meet them at the airport. Does Dr. Crockett have enemies who might have kidnapped him? Or is there really a curse on the ruins of El Dejabo? Digest .
One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa’s old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more…
. One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about ‘the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth.’ ‘Wealth?’ I said. ‘It’s groovy, man,’ said Arnold. If I’d known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That’s when my 12th summer got really interesting. From the Hardcover edition.
Gary Paulsen’s funny follow up to Lawn Boy is full of big surprises and big laughs. Lawn Boy says: The summer I was twelve, mowing lawns with Grandpa s old riding mower turned into big business. With advice from Arnold the stockbroker, I learned all about making money. Six weeks and hundred of thousands of dollars later, life got more complicated. You see, the prizefighter I sponsor, Joey Pow, won a big fight. And a TV interview made me famous. As Arnold says, Capitalism plus publicity equals monster commerce. Even my best friends wanted a piece of the action. Meanwhile, some scary guys showed up at Joey s gym…
Kevin has a big talent. Some might call it compulsive lying. He calls it common sense. Kev doesn t mean to cause trouble by lying all the time; he’s just trying to make everything easier for everyone and himself. And, of course, a few harmless, um, falsehoods are crucial to his plan to convince Tina that he s the perfect boyfriend for her. In Gary Paulsen s irresistible and chaotic comedy, Kevin s lies spiral out of control until he s faced with the need to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.
As a punishment for lying, Kevin has lost his allowance. He doesn t lie now, but he’s broke. He s got to find a way to make money. Lots of it, so he can impress Tina Zabinski, the World s Most Beautiful Girl, and ask her on a date. So Kevin gets creative and his life becomes a financial comedy of errors. Does he really have what it takes to get filthy rich at age fourteen? In Gary Paulsen s hilarious follow up to Liar, Liar, Kevin s schemes lead him into situations that are sweet, some that are sticky, and some that are downright stinky.
A story of friendship and healing in Minnesota’s wilderness. Written with the honesty and vividness of experience, The Foxman captures the qualities that have made Gary Paulsen one of the most popular and acclaimed writers for young adults.
His uncle wanted him to stay home and work the farm but the boy knew there was a world out there he had to see. Yet being a runaway meant he was outside the law fair game for anyone to use. That’s how he got caught on the farm gang, caught and almost killed. It was Tiltawhirl John who saved him.
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.
An Indian brave stands poised to shoot a white deer drinking from a pool of water in the moonlight. It is only a dream — a recurring nightmare that haunts fifteen-year-old Janet Carson — but it is a dream that will change her forever.
Janet, one of the few Anglo teens in the New Mexico art colony where she lives with her mother, feels isolated and alone. For some reason she is drawn to Billy Honcho, an old alcoholic Indian who begs some money from her. As they get to know each other, the meaning of Janet’s dream begins to become clear to her, and Billy becomes the brave in her dreams.
In the winter, life in McKinley, Minnesota, revolves around the rinks, where kids play hockey and grown ups skate to scratchy phonograph records. Then, the year Marsh and his best friend, Willy, are twelve, Carl appears at the rink, wearing a battered, old leather flight jacket and doing a strange dance that is both beautiful and disturbing to watch.
It is Marsh and Willy who discover the terrible secret behind Carl’s dance, a secret that threatens to destroy him. But a small miracle occurs, and Carl’s dance becomes a fragile and tentative expression of hope and the healing power of love.
Carley would rather be anywhere that in this poverty stricken Minnesota farm town. Still, staying with his Uncle David’s family is better than reform school which is where Carley was headed. Paulsen is the award winning author of Hatchet.
IN THE OLD DAYS THERE WERE SONGS Something is bothering Russel Susskit. He hates waking up to the sound of his father’s coughing, the smell of diesel oil, the noise of snow machines starting up. Only Oogruk, the shaman who owns the last team of dogs in the village, understands Russel’s longing for the old ways and the songs that celebrated them. But Oogruk cannot give Russel the answers he seeks; the old man can only prepare him for what he must do alone. Driven by a strange, powerful dream of a long ago self and by a burning desire to find his own song, Russel takes Oogruk’s dogs on an epic journey of self discovery that will change his life forever. A Newbery Honor Book An ALA Best Book for Young Adults An ALA Notable Book A School Library Journal Best Book
HOW DOES IT ALL END? They are four different people with four separate lives: Sue, a young woman distanced from her native roots; David, a traveler in search of a dream; Laura, a student seeking her parents’ understanding; and Peter, a rock star struggling to create the perfect sound. One looming fate threatens them all. And everything they love may be taken away in one fleeting second…
A critically acclaimed tearjerker from a master storyteller: On one side of the border is brutality and heartache; on the other side a new life. 14yo Manny is an orphan in Juarez, Mexico. He competes with his bigger, meaner rivals for the coins American tourists throw off the bridge between Texas and his town. Across that heavily guarded bridge await a different world and a better existence. On the night when Manny dares The Crossing through the muddy shallows of the Rio Grande, past the searchlights and the border patrol the young man encounters an old stranger who could prove to be an ally or an enemy. Manny can’t tell for certain. But if he is to achieve his dream, then he must be willing to risk everything even his life.
From a master storyteller comes a unique exploration into the exhilarating joys and the inevitable dangers of total solitude. Every day, 15yo Wil Neuton gets up, brushes his teeth, leaves the house, and rows away from shore. He’s discovered The Island, a place where he can go to be alone and learn to know nature and himself. Wil’s only mission is to let go of the outside world. But the outside world refuses to let go of him. His family regards him as a puzzle. The town bully is determined to challenge him. And suddenly, even reporters know his name. He can confront them all, or he can embrace his solitude forever. Just one thing is certain now: Wil Neuton will no longer be relying on anybody but himself.
This adventure novel about survival at sea by Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen is now available in an After Words paperback edition!David thought he was alone, that the ocean around him was all there was of the world. The wind screamed, the waves towered, and his boat, the twenty two foot fiberglass FROG, skidded and bucked and, each moment, filled deeper and grew heavier with sea water. David thought surely he was dead at fourteen. His uncle Owen, who had taught him about sailing safely, would be so angry. Owen had died only days ago, his last wish for David to take the FROG out on his own, and sail her beyond sight of the coast, and once there scatter Owen’s ashes.
Following the turn of the seasons, eleven year old Eldon traces the daily routines of his life on a farm and his relationship with his older brother Wayne. During the winter, with little work to be done on the farm, Eldon and Wayne spend the quiet hours with their family, listening to their Uncle David’s stories. But Eldon soon learns that, although he has lived on the same farm, in the same house with his uncle for eleven springs, summers, and winters, he hardly knows him.
When Uncle David tells the story of ‘The Woodcutter,’ Eldon immediately understands that this story is different from any other. It is a powerful and terrible story that changes everything for the brothers.
Two boys, separated by the Canyons of time and two vastly different cultures, face the challenges by which they become men.
Coyote Runs, an Apache boy, takes part in his first raid the one that will usher him into manhood. He is to be a man for but a short time…
More than a hundred years later, while camping near Dog Canyon, fifteen year old Brennan Cole becomes obsessed with a skull that he finds, pierced by a bullet. He learns that it was 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 any peace until Coyote Runs’ skull is retumed to an ancient sacred place. In a grueling run through the canyon to retum the skull, Brennan faces the challenge of his life.
From the Paperback edition.
It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. Mick has been commissioned by Rocky’s Kansas town to create a memorial to their war dead. As Rocky learns to respect Mick and his talents, he helps her to develop her own artistic sensibilities. It all begins when Rocky follows Mick Strum around town while he sketches its people, animals and graveyard. Mick has been commissioned by Rocky’s Kansas town to create a memorial to their war dead. But the townspeople see things in Mick’s drawings that they don’t want to know or accept about themselves. Can Mick help them accept one monument that will be meaningful to everyone?
Fourteen-year-old John Barron is asked, like his father and grandfather before him, to spend the summer taking care of their sheep in the haymeadow. Six thousand sheep. John will be alone, except for two horses, four dogs, and all those sheep.
John doesn’t feel up to the task, but he hopes that if he can accomplish it, he will finally please his father. But John finds that the adage ‘things just to sheep’ is true when the river floods, coyotes attack, and one dog’s feet get cut. Through it all he must rely on his own resourcefulness, ingenuity, and talents to survive this summer in the haymeadow.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Paulsen captures a vanishing way of life and offers a lyrical tribute to the american farm. Paulsen’s prose is realistic and down to earth…
. Ruth Wright Paulsen s paintings are an invitation to pause and imagine…
a delight Christian Science Monitor. Illustrations by Ruth Wright Paulsen.
A young boy and his mother spend Christmas 1943 with relatives in northern Minnesota while his father is fighting in the war in Europe. They take a long journey by train to a snowy land of vast frozen lakes, deep and sparkling cold, and the most magical Christmas tree the boy has ever seen. He knows this will be the last Christmas he will spend with his cousin, who is dying. The boy’s uncle overhears the two cousins say there is no Santa Claus, and in a grand gesture that is nothing short of a Christmas miracle, he restores the children’s faith in the spirit of the season. This handsome keepsake edition is destined to become a family treasure that will be shared year after year. Complete with a special foreword by Newbery Award winning author Gary Paulsen, this touching story is sure to capture the hearts of all readers.
His uncle wanted him to stay home and work the farm but the boy knew there was a world out there he had to see. Yet being a runaway meant he was outside the law fair game for anyone to use. That’s how he got caught on the farm gang, caught and almost killed. It was Tiltawhirl John who saved him.
Fourteen year old Terry Anders has been abandoned by his parents. He has no choice but to go on, and he begins by assembling pieces of a kit car from his father’s garage. When he finishes The Car known as ‘the Cat,’ Terry sets out from Cleveland to Portland to search for an uncle he hardly knows. Along the way Terry picks up a wandering Vietnam vet who ultimately guides him on a journey of discovery and survival.
Teenage Steven and his father, Corey, take to the road with a stolen Bible from a cheap motel, an old army tent, and less than the best of intentions. Tired of being poor, Steven’s father is certain that preaching the Word of the Lord is the easy way to fame and fortune. But just when they ve got their act down pat and the money is rolling in, Steven and Corey begin to realize that what they d originally thought of as a good lie for good reasons is all about avarice and power and, ultimately, guilt.
This tough, thought provoking novel for young adults takes deadly aim at the oft quoted notion: Guns don t kill people, people kill people. With subtle mastery and precision, Paulsen’s novel challenges the idea that firearms don t become instruments of destruction and murder until they are placed in human hands The Rifle makes it clear that guns do kill people. For readers willing to think about this issue, for those looking for ways to introduce the debate, there is no better vehicle than this short, engagingly written story of one rifle and its fatal impact on one modern boy. School Library Journal
Find yourself in another world in The Transall Saga, the latest adventure from Gary Paulsen:
Mark’s solo camping trip to the desert begins as any other camping trip, until a mysterious beam of light appears. The trip turns into a terrifying and thrilling adventure when the light beam transports Mark into another time, and what appears to be another planet! Although he is searching for his way back to earth, in the meantime he is forced to make a life in this unknown world. He meets primitive tribes and shares the joy of human bonds, but this end of isolation in the new world also brings war and a struggle for power.
In June 1861, when the Civil War began, Charley Goddard enlisted in the First Minnesota Volunteers. He was 15. He didn’t know what a ‘shooting war’ meant or what he was fighting for. But he didn’t want to miss out on a great adventure.
The ‘shooting war’ turned out to be the horror of combat and the wild luck of survival; how it feels to cross a field toward the enemy, waiting for fire. When he entered the service he was a boy. When he came back he was different; he was only 19, but he was a man with ‘Soldier’s Heart,’ later known as ‘battle fatigue.’
The year is 2057. Endless wars have torn the USA apart and enslaved Americans to the CCR, the Confederation of Consolidated Republics. Growing up in the wasteland of war has made 14 year old Cody Pierce wise in survival skills, and now he’s the White Fox, rebel leader of the children’s barracks in a CCR prison camp. Once he escapes, life with the underground teaches him new skills in weaponry and strategy as he plays cat and mouse with the CCR. Every day brings him closer to capture, as well as to his goal: to return and liberate the children he left behind.
For a 16 year old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day’s an education in the hard work and boredom of migrant labor; every day teaches him something more about friendship, or hunger, or profanity, or lust always lust. He learns how a poker game, or hitching a ride, can turn deadly. He discovers the secret sadness and generosity to be found on a lonely farm in the middle of nowhere. Then he joins up with a carnival and becomes a grunt, running a ride and shilling for the geek show. He s living the hard carny life and beginning to see the world through carny eyes. He s tough. Cynical. By the end of the summer he s pretty sure he knows it all. Until he meets Ruby.
You ever open your locker and find that some joker has left something really weird inside?
Seventh grader Dorso Clayman opens his locker door to find a dead body.
Thirty seconds later it disappears.
It’s not the first bizarre thing that has appeared in his locker and then vanished.
Something s going on.
Somebody has decided to make Dorso and his buddy Frank the target of some strange techno practical jokes. The ultimate gamesters have hacked into the time line, and things from the past are appearing in the present. Soon, the jokes aren t funny anymore they re dangerous. Dorso and Frank have got to beat The Time Hackers at their own game by breaking the code, before they get lost in the past themselves.
Cowboy stories and movies about the Wild West are full of amazing characters. Yet many of the lawmen we think of as heroes were anything but – some were violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. Among all the lawmen of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves. In his day, Bass Reeves was the most successful federal marshal in the United States. True to the mythical code of the West, he never drew his gun first. He rounded up hundreds of outlaws and was shot at countless times but was never hit. Bass Reeves was born into slavery. And though the laws of his country enslaved him and his mother, when he became a free man he served the law with such courage and honor that he was known and respected all over the Indian Territory. Gary Paulsen’s dramatic account of the life of Bass Reeves, through stories both real and imagined, makes him come alive as a boy and a man. Listeners will truly understand why he became a legend.
Sometimes having company is not all it’s cracked up to be. Fifteen year old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he s hoping for a job where he doesn t have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. She s 10 years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johanna s dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn learn to care for her, emotionally and physically. When she hires Finn to create a garden, his gardening ideas backfire comically. But Johanna and the garden help Finn discover his talents for connecting with people. From the Hardcover edition.
The Mudshark Detective Agency is on the case in a winning tale from Gary Paulsen, about whom Booklist writes in a starred review, ‘When it comes to telling funny stories about boys, no one surpas*ses Paulsen.’Mudshark is cool. He’s fast thinking and fast moving, and with his photographic memory, he’s the go to guy with the answers. Lost your shoe? Your dad’s car? Can’t find your homework? Ask Mudshark. At least, until the Psychic Parrot takes up residence in the school library. The word in school is that the parrot can out think Mudshark. And right now, the school needs someone who’s good at solving problems. There’s an escaped gerbil running the halls, a near nuclear emergency in the faculty restroom, and an unexplained phenomenon involving disappearing erasers. Once Mudshark solves the mystery of the erasers, he plans to investigate the Psychic Parrot…
. In Mudshark, Paulsen introduces readers to a resourceful boy who will have kids everywhere thinking, and laughing.
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. And he learns that he must go deep into enemy territory to find his parents: all the way to the British headquarters, New York City. From the Hardcover edition.
‘Let’s face facts: We may be the most boring twelve-year-olds on the planet.’
Henry Mosley decides that he and his pals Riley and Reed have got to liven things up. They need to go on some earth-shaking adventures and make a name for themselves. Henry is the mastermind; Riley’s the cautious researcher who’s prepared for anything. And somehow fearful Reed always ends up with the scariest, craziest assignments.
Roped into wacky attempts to break world records, reenact scenes from books, solve a hundred-year-old murder, and carry out Henry’s other inspired ideas, Riley and Reed follow their fearless leader everywhere: into the wilderness truly terrifying, inside a bull-riding ring, into a haunted house, off the neighbors’ roof, and into a cataclysmic collision with explosive life-forms. Gary Paulsen brings all his trademark humor to this fast-paced novel of fun and disaster.
From the Hardcover edition.
On a moonlit winter night, a team of dogs pulls a sled, taking the narrator and readers on a wondrous ride through the snow, into and out of the woods. It is a ride you’ll wish would never end. Through this exquisite prose poem, Gary Paulsen shares the joy, the beauty, and the grandeur of the outdoors. With his joyous text and Ruth Wright Paulsen’s exuberant and expressive illustrations, Dogteam is a celebration of nature, a dance that invites everyone to join in.
In clear and eloquent language, Gary Paulsen pays tribute to a cycle of life–from seed to plant to tortilla. Workers till the black soil, operate the clanking machinery of the factory, and drive the trucks that deliver the tortillas back into the hands that will plant the yellow seeds. With Ruth Wright Paulsen’s expressive paintings,The Tortilla Factorybrings forth the poetry and beauty of a simple way of life. &147;This title is beautiful to look at, and will also fit nicely into units on food, regional culture, art, and many other topics.’–School Library Journal
People at work, doing things that are so essential to us all, are lyrically depicted in Gary Paulsen’s spare and elegant verse and Ruth Wright Paulsen s richly textured oil paintings. This talented pair celebrates the work ethic with sensitivity and dignity and reminds us of the quiet grace inherent in everyday lives. The soft colors, spare text, and overall design of the book provide a song of praise to the unsung heroes in every child s world and to the simple satisfaction of a job well done. School Library Journal
Opening this book is like sitting down in a canoe, taking up a paddle, and gliding out into the summer beauty of a hidden lake. In this picture book that is as refreshing and inviting as a perfect canoe day, a fawn peeks out from the trees as ducklings fan out behind their mother. Butterflies pause and fish laze beneath the lily pads. Ruth Wright Paulsen’s sunlit paintings and Gary Paulsen s poetic text capture all the peace and pleasure of a day when water and sky are one.
A guide to the necessary equipment, techniques, and safety rules for successful Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting.
A humorous commentary on different aspects of skiing using photographs of professional skiers.
A LIFE AS EXCITING AS FICTION 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 Booklist Editors’ Choice
Revealing war’s horrors through a child’s eyes, this autobiography by an award-winning author recounts his life in the ravaged Philippines of World War II, discussing his alcoholic mother, his absent father, and his burgeoning sexuality.
In this collection of stories that reveal the strength and frailty of the human spirit, the award winning author offers up the subject of human vulnerability with a spareness of language and an intensity of emotion that are the hallmarks of his fiction.
Gary Paulsen was in his forties, an internationally famous children’s writer. Then he was overtaken by his passion a passion for Alaskan dog racing and a passion for the wild, beautiful landscape of the Arctic. Winterdance is the story of this passion. It is a powerful, almost unbelievable adventure, told with humour, pathos, vitality and excitement. Beautiful, funny and laconic, it is a book about men and dogs and their souls. ‘An unputdownable celebration of the human spirit’ Sunday Express
Survival in the wilderness Gary Paulsen writes about it so powerfully in his novels Hatchet and The River because he’s lived it. These essays recount his adventures alone and with friends, along the rivers and in the woods of northern Minnesota. There, fishing and hunting are serious business, requiring skill, secrets, and inspiration. Luck, too not every big one gets away. This book takes readers through the seasons, from the incredible taste of a spring fish fresh from the smokehouse, to the first sight of the first deer, to the peace of the winter days spent dreaming by the stove in a fishhouse on the ice. In Paulsen’s north country, every expedition is a major one, and often hilarious. Once again Gary Paulsen demonstrates why he is one of America’s most beloved writers, for he shows us fishing and hunting as pleasure, as art, as companionship, and as sources of life’s deepest lessons.
Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs, and here are his favorites one to a chapter. Among them are Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Electric Fred and his best friend, Pig; Dirk, the grim protector; and Josh, one of the remarkable border collies working on Paulsen’s ranch today. My Life in Dog Years is a book for every dog lover and every Paulsen fan a perfect combination that shows vividly the joy and wisdom that come from growing up with man’s best friend.
At the age of fifty seven, looking over this shoulder at heart disease, Gary Paulsen acquired his first Harley Davidson, and began a journey of a lifetime. From New Mexico to Alaska, through Minnesota and the Rockies, Paulsen also travels through the landmarks of his life. There was the tough cop who kept him from becoming a juvenile delinquent and the who*re who told him not to leave the army; high stakes poker games and wrangling dogsleds through the Alaskan wilderness. Funny, moving and full of adventure, ‘Pilgrimage on a Steel Ride’, reads like the best kind of travel writing, celebrating not the destination, but the ride.
Another such wave could easily be the end of us. I had to do something, fix something, save the boat, save myself. But what?Gary Paulsen takes readers along on his maiden voyage, proving that ignorance can be bliss. Also really stupid and incredibly dangerous. He tells of boats that have owned him good, bad, and beloved and how they got him through terrifying storms that he survived by sheer luck. His spare prose conjures up shark surprises and killer waves as well as moonlight on the sea, and makes readers feel what it’s like to sail under the stars or to lie at anchor in a tropical lagoon where dolphins leap, bathed in silver. Falling in love with the ocean set Gary Paulsen on a lifelong learning curve and readers will understand why his passion has lasted to this day. From the Hardcover edition.
Guess what Gary Paulsen was being kind to Brian. In Guts, Gary tells the real stories behind the Brian books, the stories of the adventures that inspired him to write Brian Robeson’s story: working as an emergency volunteer; the death that inspired the pilot’s death in Hatchet; plane crashes he has seen and near misses of his own. He describes how he made his own bows and arrows, and takes readers on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, or how he met the moose with a sense of humor, and the moose who made it personal. There’s a handy chapter on ‘Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition.’ Recipes included. Readers may wonder how Gary Paulsen survived to write all of his books well, it took guts. From the Paperback edition.
WHEN YOU GROW up in a small town in the north woods, you have to make your own excitement. High spirits, idiocy, and showing off for the girls inspire Gary Paulsen and his friends to attempt: Shooting waterfalls in a barrel The first skateboarding Breaking the world record for speed on skis by being towed behind a souped up car, and then…
hitting gravel Jumping three barrels like motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, except they only have bikes Wrestling…
a bear? Extreme sports lead to extreme fun in new tales from Gary’s boyhood.A New York Times BestsellerFrom the Hardcover edition.