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by Gary Paulsen

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Paulsen has run the Iditarod race, a 1049 mile dogsled trek across Alaska, twice. Gary Paulsen's telling of Russel and the dogs and their mythic, majestical runs sings a song of its own.


Paulsen has run the Iditarod race, a 1049 mile dogsled trek across Alaska, twice. Gary Paulsen's telling of Russel and the dogs and their mythic, majestical runs sings a song of its own.

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher
"Unusual and moving...a remarkable book." — School Library Journal, starred review

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Gale Group
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Edition description:
Large Print
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He has written over 100 books for adults and young readers. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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Dogsong 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
K_Terry More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book but its a bit unrealistic
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!
Chris2288 More than 1 year ago
An absolute classic. All of Gary Paulsen's characters and stories of outdoor adventure are remarkable. A great read for any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think the book is really cool and the adventures that Russel face.the book makes you want to know what will happen next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was just right. I would recommend it to any adventure light people
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LiLy_LH_ More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reply to #3 this book was kind of easy to follow along with. Survival and solitude. I like that about gary paulson and it makes it feel kind of ... familiar.
zzproheadshotzz More than 1 year ago
this book is a amazing book I think you should get it some day!
DME More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 6 months ago
One of my favorutes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all of Paulsen's books, but this book was especially good in its ability to keep the reader engaged. I couldn't put it down!
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Russel Suskit is not happy with his life. Each morning, he awakens to an atmosphere filled with the buzz of snow machines and the smell of diesel oil. He does not like the life he is living. It is not him. There must be more. Russel yearns for another kind if life. But what else is there? Confused, he goes to Oogruk, an elderly shaman who is familiar with the old ways. He can see what it is that Russel yearns for. He can see his unhappiness. Oogruk admits that he has no answers. Russel must find them for himself. But Oogruk can point the way. What a wonderful and insightful book! Like his other books, this one of Paulsen’s is simple yet profound. His characters are true, and his settings are unforgettable. As Russel searches for his truth, we watch him grow. We watch as he discovers for himself how to make the life he wants. We watch him push himself farther than he ever thought he could go. And, along the way, we learn that we, too, must find our own truths. No wonder this is a Newberry Award winner!
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I loved this book! it left me on the edge of my seat, and I highly recommend any young teen to read this book. That is of coarse you like adventure books.
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