Dogsong

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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 ...

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Overview

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

A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels at odds with aspects of modern life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself.

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"Unusual and moving...a remarkable book." — School Library Journal, starred review
Deborah Zink Roffino
In this Newbery Honor book, 13-year-old Russel Susskit heeds the words of a wise Eskimo shaman and leaves his familir village to begin a journey of self-discovery. The thoughtful plot is laced with physically profound scenes, realistic and savage, as the young man learns to survive in the cold white reality of the wilderness.
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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A widely praised and reviewed book, Dogsong is the tale of Russel Susskit, an Eskimo teenage boy who makes a 1400 mile trek with the last remaining dog team in his village. Russel is drawn to the old ways and to the village shaman who helps him prepare for the trek on which he hopes to find his own song. It is an epic journey that will forever change Russel's life. A Newbery Honor Book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416939191
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 490,060
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I like the book and I recommend it to my friends to read. I learned that someone can live alone in wilderness. Russel had to kill animals for his food and he had a lamp that Oogruk gave him to warm the meat up. He had to kill for him and the dog team that Oogruk also gave him.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    Dog Song Review

    The book Dog Song is a great novel of how a young boy finds his song after placing his trust in his fathers friend and his dogs, and letting them take him on a journey to find not only his song but the old way of life. He even saves a girls life and takes her on his journey to find his song. This book is amazing it has no flaws and it is written great it show how a boy in this new world can seek out the old ways of his nation. This is why i love every part of this book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Cool

    This book is amazing!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2012

    Dogsong

    A great book but its a bit unrealistic

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Dogsong

    An absolute classic. All of Gary Paulsen's characters and stories of outdoor adventure are remarkable. A great read for any age.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    DOGSONG

    I think the book is really cool and the adventures that Russel face.the book makes you want to know what will happen next.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2006

    Dogsong

    Newbery Learn about different culture in this book. A boy name Russell learns from Oogruk, his father friend, on how to hunt caribou, seal, and birds. He also learns that there are songs for everything. One other thing that Russell has to work on is to trust with the team of dogs. The dogs have a special instinct that tells Russell where he should go in order to discover the northern land. If you want to see what will happen next, you have to read. I encourage to all readers to read this amazing book so that you know that there are another life. Gary Paulsen was born in 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1966, his first book was published, The Special War. Paulsen lives in La Luz, New Mexico with his wife, Ruth, an artist. Bibliography Paulsen, Gary. Dogsong. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, 1985.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2006

    Better than woodsong but worse than hatched

    i thought this book was just right. I would recommend it to any adventure light people

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2005

    Find your song

    This is a story of a 14 year old Eskimo boy Russel Susskit, who finds his peace of mind by listening to a wise Eskimo shaman who tells him how the people lived in the old days and the songs that they sang. He leaves his father to begin a long journey by the last team of dog sled. On this journey he learns to survive in the mountains and he finds his dreams. His dreams lead him to his songs.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Boldly Terrific!

    The first couple of chapters are extremely slow and boring. However, after you reach Russel's adventure...it gets good! There was definitely a lot of suspense(something that i personally love) and this book is just an all out thrill. There are books that get you in a good mood...this is one of them! This book is recommended to those who just love adventurous books.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    Journey to Oneself

    Gary Paulson's Dogsong is a pretty good book. I think it deserves a big four stars. It has a huge amount of adventure, with Russel trying to find his 'song'. I think it's a pretty good one to read with kids in the 7-8th grade. Dogsong is definitley something I'd pass on to another person. I'd recommend it to somebody into indian folklore and a hig reading level.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    My personal opinion of the book ¿Dogsong¿ by Gary Paulsen is tha

    My personal opinion of the book “Dogsong” by Gary Paulsen is that it was an overall adequate book. I do indeed like Gary Paulsen and have read many of his works prior. I think the book definitely had potential, for it did have an interesting plot, however Infamous Gary Paulsen had to go do what he always does and make his book about finding your inner self through solitude, which makes a good story, but he seems to incorporate it into every book he writes. I felt the book was very predictable and bland, it never really had me on the edge of my seat. I also felt that it ended too early and that about three more chapters were missing from the book. I had unanswered questions about the book when it ended. My favorite character was actually Russell’s father. He seemed like a good man. I am disappointed that he was not incorporated more deeply into the book, for he seemed very interesting and would have made a good character. My favorite quote from the book was on page 176: “See my dogs in the steam, in the steam of my life. They are me.” I like this quote because it explains how important the dogs really are to Russell and how important they are to the overall operation.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Thanks!

    this book is a amazing book I think you should get it some day!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Not Worth Reading

    First of all, Dogsong is a terrible book. I know where Gary Paulsen gets all this "adventure" in the book, but it was a sucky adventure. As an assignment at school I HAD to read it. The covor didn't look all that interesting. I have to say, the back seemed a little interesting but as you kept on reading it, it got worse, and worse. The beginning of the book sort of freaked me out, the end was better but I still DID NOT ENJOY it. I have to agree with other readers about how "dull" and "dreary" it was. Definitely not worth your time to read this dreary, dull and boring adventure book.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    Horrible-This a Book to Leave on the Shelf!

    I hated this book with all of my guts! i wouldnt have gotten past the first word if not for it was asssigned to me! it has sappy and overemotional writing, it is very unrealistic, and i couldnt feel for the main character Russel.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2009

    Dogsong

    Book Review Outline
    Book title and author: Dog song by Gary Paulsen
    Title of review: David's review of sweetness!
    Number of stars (1 to 5):


    This book is about a kid who grows up to be a man by going out to the country. This book is meant to entertain you and teach you about growing up. I thought this book was very interesting.

    This book was full of surprises. Its author is Gary Paulsen. The book is about a boy named Russell who was a normal kid who moved in with a wise old man named Oogrok. He taught him how to hunt and drive a dog team. One day they went out on a sled ride together and Oogrok told Russell to leave him behind and go out to the country. So Russell left Oogrok and he died. Russell then went out to the country and survived with his dogs. He then met a pregnant girl and she lived with him for a while. Then she got very sick, and Russell took her to the nearest village to go to a hospital.

    The story's plot has a lot of main events. There are 3 main characters. They are Russell, Oogrok, and the girl who lives with Russell at the end of the story. The theme of the story is about growing up. The style of the book is realistic fiction. The setting of the book is present time in Oogroks house and in the arctic.

    I liked reading this book. The main thing I liked about this book was the surprises. I also liked how after you read a chapter, the author made it suspicious so you wanted to read more. When Russell firsts moves in with Oogrok the story starts to get good. Then when he goes out into the country the story really kicks off. Then when he finds the girl the story then ends. I would recommend this book to young teenagers.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2004

    The Race to Find My Dreams

    This book is all about adventure and always leaves you hanging at the end of each chapter. This book has alot of meaning to young readers. I like this book because you can understand how the main character is feeling. The main character Russel Susskit is fourteen years old and he wants to know how people lived in the old days and the songs that they sang. To find out more about the songs he goes out on a journey. During this journey he dreams about the songs and learns them as he travels. He also tries to find out why people have stopped singing these wonderful songs.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    The only reason I'm rating it five cause, what else am i to rate

    The only reason I'm rating it five cause, what else am i to rate>? I'm wondering if i should read it or not, is it a good book? whats it about? any blood? any gore? if you are gonna
    answer all my questions then, if you do then at the beginning of your "review",  say, answer to number 12
    its just something random :)
    is there any gore? is it about what kind of boy? what age? any family? anyone dies? any sex or something like that? any kissing? and fighting/? anything instructing for a nine year old girl
    who loved Eragon and Percy Jackson and all of James Pattersons books, and Divergent and wants to read the Hungergames. and just absolutely wanna read and read some more!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    AWSOME BOOK

    This book was really good and I loved reading it for a book report at school! It was kinda slow at first and i didn't really get it but after a couple chapters I loved it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Jebby

    Is this a good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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