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by Gary Paulsen
     
 

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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 —

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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

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Every March I live vicariously as I watch parts of the Iditarod on TV but I never really appreciated the demands of this 1,180 mile dog-sled race across the barrens of Alaska until I read this book. Paulsen has personally met this race's challenge and describes graphically the effects of the bone-chilling cold, the physical exhaustion on both runner and dogs, and the spirit of competitiveness of 'man vs. nature' that dominates the event. 1991 (orig.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
Mr. Paulsen's paean to his beloved sled dogs is one of the most moving books I've ever read. His eloquence borders on ardor as he vivifies individual dogs and the team that pulled him for 17 days in Alaska's 1,180 mile Iditarod. 1991 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 6 UpNatural phenomena, chilling experiences, and exhilarating adventure are all part of Paulsen's personal recollections of his induction into sled-dog training and racing. Fluent, spare memoirs of one man's initiation, education, and unabashed awe of the wilderness and its inhabitants. (Oct. 1990)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416939399
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
77,482
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young people. He has written more than two hundred books for adults and young people, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time between New Mexico, Alaska, and on the Pacific.

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