GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Liar, Liar; Lawn Boy Returns; Woods Runner; Masters of Disaster; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; Lawn Boy; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; and The Time Hackers.
The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech 3.3 out of 5based on
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As a Gary Paulsen fan, I'm always on the lookout for his latest. When I found this slim volume, I at first thought I'd share it with the sixth or seventh grade teachers in my building. But then I read it, and I'll be honest, when I find one this good, I don't share. I'm really glad I kept it to myself because my 8th-grade students loved it.
Duane Homer Leech is twelve and suffers from the onset of puberty. Here are a few tidbits to tempt you ... Duane uses the word ELBOW to distract himself when he begins visualizing women's body parts in everything he comes in contact with. The code word ELBOW is used throughout the book to avoid actually mentioning anything unacceptable. The kids thought this was great! They also could relate to the fact that Duane could never predict what his body would do next. His changing voice and the constant eruption of pimples are just a few of the images that other teens and pre-teens can relate to.
Duane compares what he is going through to a bird family that has built a nest outside his window. He notes daily changes in the appearance and development of the new baby in the nest, complete with clever little sketches.
Once again, Gary Paulsen has a hit. If you are going through the teen years now or remember anything about those days of the past, find a copy of THE AMAZING LIFE OF BIRDS. It's a real hoot!
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 ...
From the recipient of the Newbery Honor award for his contemporary classic, Hatchet, comes another page-turning,
heart-stopping adventure.Carl and his cousin are lost and getting desperate when they find a shack hidden in the woods. It’s their only chance for shelter—but ...
This book demonstrates how Homeric poetry manages to confer significance on persons and actions, interpreting
the world and the lives of the people who inhabit it. Taking central themes like characterization, death, and the gods, the author argues that current ...
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 ...
TODAY MOLLYLearned 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?You bet!From ...
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 surpasses Paulsen.Mudshark is cool. He's fast-thinking ...
Paulsen (a Newbery Honor author) adds another affecting and realistic title to his pantheon of
stories about outsiders learning how to become more positive forces in the world.SLJFrom the city Carley learned rage—can the country bring him peace?Carley would rather ...
1944. Wartime. 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 ...