Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas

Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas

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Paintings from the Cave: Three Novellas by Gary Paulsen, Kevin R. Free, Sarah Grace, Nick Podehl

Gary Paulsen was one of the kids who slipped through the cracks, until art and dogs saved him.

So are Jake, Jojo, and Jamie, all twelve-year-olds who, like Gary Paulsen, had to grow up too fast.

“You stop moving, you’re done.” —Jake

“Dogs know how to love better than people.” —Jojo

“I’m surprised my pencil can take my hand where my mind would never go.” —Jamie

Gary Paulsen’s three poignant novellas add up to an unforgettable book.

"Paulsen writes another touching story about human kindness and humanity.... This emotional coming-of-age journey about taking responsibility for one's own happiness and making personal connections will not disappoint." -Publishers Weekly

"This candid and tender tale, told with [Paulsen's] signature humor, is a salute to the bravest of the brave." -School Library Journal

"Paulsen's talent for paired here with a vivid story of the American Revolution." -The New York Times Book Review

*"A vivid and graphic tale of one boy caught up in a harsh war, a side of the American Revolution not often told." -Kirkus Reviews, Starred

*"Illuminating and gripping." -Publishers Weekly, Starred

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455808298
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Three-time Newbery-winning author Gary Paulsen, hailed as "one of the best-loved writers alive" by the New York Times, divides his time between his ranch in New Mexico, a sailboat on the Pacific Ocean, and his dog-kennel in Alaska. He's written over 200 books for young people, stories that have been embraced by readers of all ages.

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Paulsen has spoken about his own upbringing as being extremely difficult - until his art and his dogs saved his life and brought him into a wonderful future. He meets and talks with children all the time across the country, and recently he was speaking about his books when one child stood up and asked Paulsen what exactly could be done when life got to be that bad. The subject of fear and unstable environments - to say the least - certainly came up. And the knowledge that there are so many out there who are hoping that one day they will find their art and their dogs in order to save their lives before it's too late, was enough to break anyone's heart. What Paulsen went on to do was create this incredible book. A book of three separate stories that look at 'real life,' and what too many kids truly have to go through on a daily basis. Each one is a masterpiece in its own right. The first focuses on a young man named Jake. Jake is a good kid who lives in a horrific neighborhood. He knows that if he stops moving, they'll get him. Simply put, the gangs are there; they watch and wait until they can get Jake into their group. So Jake stays on the move; he hides in the basement of his building at times while the bad guys are out in front on the stoop, and he spends time with his best friend, Layla. Layla has a life just as bad as Jake's. And on top of that, the poor girl is fifteen and is going to have a baby. Jake sees a sculptor living in an apartment building across the street - the street that is going through the urban renewal process. The sculptor befriends Jake, offers him food and a peaceful place to stay, but Jake has to live his life on the move - trying his best not to get caught. Readers will be blown away by how this story ends. The second tale wraps around Jo-Jo and the issues of drinking, molestation, and the reality of having to live in a nightmare. Jo-Jo has one family she relies on and that is her dog family; these are the creatures she can trust with her very life. One day she meets a young girl named Rose. Rose has her own issues, but the friendship that is formed and the wealth of emotions that appear on paper make this a truly unforgettable tale. The third and final story speaks of two young men who are basically on their own. Erik is Jamie's older brother - and his hero. After all, Erik was the one who saved them both from certain death. Finding their place in the world is amazing to watch. This is, as are the other two before it, a tale of pure emotion, respect, honor, love, and strength; tales of finding the ability to survive in a world of chaos, pain and fear. There is nothing to say, here. Readers already know Gary Paulsen is an amazing author; now they know he is one of the most amazingly inspirational human beings on the planet. Quill Says: This is a book that should be up for any, every, and all awards that the literary world can possibly give!
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is this a god book? I havent read it yet. Im thinking of buying it. Recommond it to Abby Stead.:)
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Leapt of the ground, transforming into a dark green dragon with blood red eyes. She flew. The only reason she was a dragon was because her lover bit her.
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He lookes at Sarah. "Do you have something to ride back?" He asked, the skeletion dragon walking around in circles.
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Fire with guns at monsters killling the.m