Gary Paulsen: Author and Wilderness Adventurer

Gary Paulsen: Author and Wilderness Adventurer

by Edith Hope Fine
     
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-Fine describes the different aspects of her subject's life in equal measure, never losing track of the adventures that inform most, if not all, of Paulsen's works. She details his troubled childhood and adolescence, and describes how he came to be a writer, focusing primarily on subjects that he experienced firsthand, from working in a carnival to packing frozen foods and surviving in the wilderness. One defining adventure, the Iditarod dog-sled race in Alaska, is given much attention, as is Paulsen's devotion to his dogs. The prolific writer's career is dutifully traced, and Fine recounts how he is always eager to meet his young readers. Black-and-white photos are sprinkled throughout. Those who have read Paulsen's books are sure to enjoy this biography, and those who have not will definitely be inspired to look for them.- Carol Fazioli, formerly at The Brearley School, New York City GARDNER, Robert. Science Projects about the Physics of Toys and Games. 128p. (Science Projects Series). diags. illus. further reading. index. Web sites. CIP. Enslow. 2000. PLB $19.95. ISBN 0-7660-1165-8. LC 99-42736. Gr 7 Up-Gardner uses an air car, a top, a balloon, and a variety of other toys to explore the principles of physics. The ideas introduced allow students to investigate gravity, friction, electrical charges, and more, and will help them in the formulation of challenging, educational, and fun science-fair projects. Most of the required materials can be commonly found in homes or at school. The easy-to-follow directions have clear diagrams and black-and-white illustrations. A welcome addition to science collections.-Paul Bielich, Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
In an above-average entry to an established series and a useful, modestly engaging biography, the author demonstrates that a careful, close reading of the Paulsen oeuvre and the judicious mining of selected biographical details can be shaped into an involving read. Fine (Under the Lemon Moon, 1999) clearly has read most of Paulsen's autobiographical adult work, notably Eastern Sun Winter Moon (1993), though she assiduously avoids any overt references to alcohol use, sexuality, or violence and skips the scatological details so vividly presented in such juvenile works as Harris and Me (1993). Despite the well-laundered "life," though, Fine does truly get Paulsen's essence, and she effectively communicates the immense appeal he holds—especially for teenage boys. She marches the reader smartly through Paulsen's life to date and makes efficient use of his interviews, speeches, and letters. However, those expecting a unique take on his career or aesthetic will need to look elsewhere. Any insights here are Paulsen's own. Paulsen's life experiences and distinctive voice come through loud and clear and both are central to this biography's readability. Anyone new to Paulsen and his work will find a clearly blazed trail to map future reading, while Paulsen's fans will experience an acute desire to reach for a favorite book. Libraries that experience heavy requests for author biographies or YA author criticism may want to stock up. Unfortunately, the high price and short discount may make multiples prohibitive. Still, those seeking a single monograph on this popular ALA/YALSA Margaret Edwards Award-winner will find this a useful resource. To beillustratedwith black and white photos. (Index, notes, Web sites, bibliography) (Biography. 12+)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766011465
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
People to Know Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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