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Gary Paulsen (1939–2021)

Autor(a) de Hatchet

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About the Author

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. He was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California when he realized he wanted to be a writer. He left his job and spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader. His first book, Special War, was published in mostrar mais 1966. He has written more than 175 books for young adults including Brian's Winter, Winterkill, Harris and Me, Woodsong, Winterdance, The Transall Saga, Soldier's Heart, This Side of Wild, and Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books. Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room are Newbery Honor Books. He was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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(eng) Gary Paulsen (1939-2021) was a popular writer of children's literature. He also wrote adult nonfiction (Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod).


Obras de Gary Paulsen

Hatchet (1987) 17,693 cópias
Brian's Winter (1858) 5,586 cópias
The River (1994) 4,184 cópias
Brian's Hunt (2003) 3,286 cópias
Lawn Boy (2007) 2,931 cópias
Dogsong (1985) 2,839 cópias
Brian's Return (2000) 2,627 cópias
Woodsong (1990) 2,300 cópias
The Winter Room (1989) 1,957 cópias
Tracker (1984) 1,889 cópias
Woods Runner (2010) 1,788 cópias
Mudshark (2009) 1,691 cópias
The Voyage of the Frog (1989) 1,508 cópias
Nightjohn (1996) 1,285 cópias
Harris and Me (1994) 1,231 cópias
Soldier's Heart (1998) 1,227 cópias
Mr. Tucket (1833) 1,049 cópias
Guts (2001) 1,039 cópias
Lawn Boy Returns (2010) 1,012 cópias
Canyons (1990) 972 cópias
The Haymeadow (1992) 924 cópias
My Life in Dog Years (1998) 920 cópias
The Cookcamp (1991) 784 cópias
The Island (1988) 734 cópias
The Transall Saga (1998) 681 cópias
The Monument (1993) 661 cópias
The Crossing (1987) 628 cópias
The Tortilla Factory (1995) 603 cópias
Masters of Disaster (2010) 600 cópias
The Rifle (1995) 531 cópias
Notes from the Dog (2009) 490 cópias
The Foxman (1977) 488 cópias
Sarny (1997) 451 cópias
The Car (1994) 406 cópias
Call Me Francis Tucket (1800) 400 cópias
The Boy Who Owned The School (1990) 348 cópias
Road Trip (2013) 336 cópias
Tucket's Ride (Signature) (1656) 327 cópias
A Christmas Sonata (1992) 325 cópias
Dancing Carl (1983) 325 cópias
The Legend of Bass Reeves (2006) 311 cópias
Shelf Life: Stories by the Book (2003) — Editor — 304 cópias
Tucket's Gold (1999) 299 cópias
Alida's Song (1999) 271 cópias
Sentries (1984) 263 cópias
Dogteam (1993) 263 cópias
The Night the White Deer Died (1978) 262 cópias
Escape, Return, Breakout (2000) 244 cópias
The Time Hackers (2005) 239 cópias
Danger on Midnight River (1900) 237 cópias
The Legend of Red Horse Cavern (1994) 224 cópias
Tracker / Dogsong / Hatchet (1987) 221 cópias
The Schernoff Discoveries (1997) 218 cópias
Canoe Days (1999) 198 cópias
Tucket's Home (1858) 191 cópias
Escape from Fire Mountain (1994) 191 cópias
The Quilt (2004) 186 cópias
The Tent (1995) 166 cópias
Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass (1992) 157 cópias
Northwind (2022) 151 cópias
Hatchet: With Related Readings (1999) 149 cópias
Worksong (1997) 133 cópias
Father Water, Mother Woods (1994) 124 cópias
The Seventh Crystal (1996) 99 cópias
Field Trip (1605) 95 cópias
Sisters/Hermanas (1993) 92 cópias
Dunc's Halloween (1992) 91 cópias
Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat (2016) 87 cópias
Tiltawhirl John (1977) 77 cópias
Cowpokes and Desperados (1993) 74 cópias
How to Train Your Dad (2021) 71 cópias
The Case of the Dirty Bird (1992) 66 cópias
Grizzly (1997) 59 cópias
Rodomonte's Revenge (1994) 58 cópias
Vote (2013) 56 cópias
Family Ties (1800) 47 cópias
Captive! (1995) 44 cópias
Fishbone's Song (2016) 43 cópias
Devil's Wall (1995) 42 cópias
Culpepper's Cannon (1992) 41 cópias
Curse of the Ruins (1998) 40 cópias
Dunc Breaks the Record (1992) 35 cópias
Dunc's Undercover Christmas (1993) 34 cópias
Dunc Gets Tweaked (1992) 34 cópias
Dunc and the Flaming Ghost (1992) 31 cópias
Dunc's Doll (1992) 28 cópias
Amos Gets Famous (1992) 26 cópias
The Treasure Ship (1996) 23 cópias
Hook 'Em Snotty (1995) 22 cópias
Transall Saga: Blue Light (1998) 21 cópias
Time Benders (1997) 19 cópias
Perfect Danger (1996) 18 cópias
Dunc's Dump (1993) 18 cópias
The Gorgon Slayer (1995) 18 cópias
Dunc and the Haunted Castle (1993) 18 cópias
The Fourteenth Summer (1993) 17 cópias
Coach Amos (1994) 17 cópias
Dunc and the Scam Artists (1993) 17 cópias
My Life In Dog Years: Ike (1997) 16 cópias
Murphy's Trail (1996) 16 cópias
Prince Amos (1994) 15 cópias
Thunder Valley (1997) 15 cópias
The Wild Culpepper Cruise (1993) 15 cópias
Meteorite Track 291 (1979) 14 cópias
Skydive (1996) 14 cópias
Ice Race (1997) 13 cópias
Madonna Stories (1989) 13 cópias
Tasting the Thunder (1993) 12 cópias
A Cry in the Wild [1990 film] (1991) — Screenwriter — 12 cópias
Dunc and Amos Go to the Dogs (1996) 10 cópias
Amos and the Vampire (1996) 10 cópias
Amos's Killer Concert Caper (1994) 9 cópias
Kill fee (1990) 9 cópias
Amos Binder, Secret Agent (1996) 9 cópias
Murphy's Gold (1989) 9 cópias
Murphy's War (1990) 8 cópias
Murphy's Herd (1989) 8 cópias
Winterkill (1976) 8 cópias
My Life in Dog Years: Dirk (1997) 8 cópias
Amos Gets Married (1995) 8 cópias
Amos Goes Bananas (1996) 8 cópias
Amos and the Alien (1994) 7 cópias
Dunc and Amos on Thin Ice (1997) 7 cópias
Vento del Nord (2022) 6 cópias
Murphy (1987) 6 cópias
Hiking and backpacking (1978) 5 cópias
Clutterkill (1981) 5 cópias
TV & movie animals (1980) 4 cópias
The Small Ones (1976) 4 cópias
Super Amos (1997) 4 cópias
Gefährliche Ferien (2005) 4 cópias
Hatchet / The River (1999) 4 cópias
Dogsong[DOGSONG][Paperback] (2007) 4 cópias
Il mio amico geniale (2021) 4 cópias
The Sweeper (1980) 4 cópias
Nelle terre selvagge (2014) 4 cópias
Chance for Escape (1970) 3 cópias
Some birds don't fly (1968) 3 cópias
Things I Like Copy Colour (2011) 2 cópias
Woodsong (ABRIDGED) (1999) 2 cópias
Plygu amser (2001) 2 cópias
The implosion effect (1976) 2 cópias
The CB Radio Caper (1977) 2 cópias
℗L'℗inverno di Brian 1 exemplar(es)
Storie 1 exemplar(es)
My Life Dog in Years 1 exemplar(es)
Allen in der Wildnis 1 exemplar(es)
he Legend of Bass Reeves 1 exemplar(es)
Lied der Wildnis. 1 exemplar(es)
Perygl ar Afon Lloer 1 exemplar(es)
The Death Specialists (1977) 1 exemplar(es)
The Curse of the Cobra (1977) 1 exemplar(es)
Compkill (1981) 1 exemplar(es)
Nightjohn: Novel-Ties Study Guide (2001) 1 exemplar(es)
Pied Piper 1 exemplar(es)
Books 1 exemplar(es)
Lawn Boy - 1 1 exemplar(es)
Lawn Boy - 2 1 exemplar(es)
Lawn Boy - 3 1 exemplar(es)
The green recruit (1978) 1 exemplar(es)
Money saving home repair guide (1981) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

O Chamado da Floresta (1903) — Prefácio, algumas edições20,232 cópias
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Contribuinte — 770 cópias
Storm: Stories of Survival from Land and Sea (2000) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Paulsen, Gary
Nome de batismo
Paulsen, Gary Melvin
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Local de falecimento
Tularosa, New Mexico
Causa da morte
cardiac arrest
Locais de residência
California, USA
Minnesota, USA
New Mexico, USA
Bemidji State University
University of Colorado
children's book author
Paulsen, Ruth Wright (wife)
United States Army
Margaret A. Edwards Award (1997)
Regina Medal (1995)
Aviso de desambiguação
Gary Paulsen (1939-2021) was a popular writer of children's literature. He also wrote adult nonfiction (Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod).



This is a book about Brian, a 13-year-old boy who survived a plane crash and has to survive the wilderness of Canada until his parents can find him. This is a good book to show students how much they know and how to use their funds of knowledge to be successful. Throughout this book, the reader can see the themes of survival resilience, and self-discovery.
jxm304 | outras 579 resenhas | Apr 28, 2024 |
Twelve-year-old city kid Brian Robeson is flying to visit his father for the summer after his parents' divorce. During the flight, the pilot has a heart attack, and Brian lands the plane, but has no idea where he is. He escapes the wreck and makes a shelter near a lake, and must figure out how to get food and start a fire with nothing but his hatchet as he hopes for rescue.

This was the book that the Homeschool Book Group chose from the book tasting, so I'm re-reading it for the first time since grade school. The premise is as gripping as I remember - a great hook for book-talking - but the sentences are short, declarative, and repetitive, very "Hemingway for Kids." Still, it's a classic for a reason, and retains its appeal with that speculative, what-if-it-were-me aspect.

Questions for book group:
--What do you think of the narrative style (close third person; short, declarative sentences)? How does it help create the atmosphere/mood of the story?
--If you could choose 3-5 items to have with you in a survival scenario like Brian's, what do you think would be most important?
--What does Brian think is "the most important rule of survival"? Do you agree? What does he learn to prioritize?
--Brian relies on information he's learned from watching nature shows on TV. What knowledge do you have that would help you in a survival scenario, and where did you learn it?
--Brian muses about good luck and bad luck. Can you think of something that happened in the story that seemed like bad luck at first, but had a good result (or vice versa)? [e.g. when the tornado comes through, it ruins Brian's shelter but reveals the Cessna]
--The story ends somewhat abruptly, soon after Brian gets the survival pack out of the downed plane and turns on the transmitter. What did you think of the ending? Were you surprised that the pilot who rescues Brian said they had given up the search a month or two ago?
--For much of the story, Brian's thoughts are primarily focused on survival, with thoughts of his parents fading into the background. What do you think about "the Secret" that causes Brian to be so angry at his mother? Do you think Brian's father knows?


If you keep walking back from good luck, he thought, you'll come to back luck. (40)

Here, at first, it was silent, or he thought it was silent, but when he started to listen, really listen, he heard thousands of things. (41)

And he was, at that moment, almost overcome with self-pity. He was dirty and starving and bitten and hurt and lonely and ugly and afraid and so completely miserable that it was like being in a pit, a dark, deep pit with no way out. (70)

...he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn't work. (82)

He had gotten depressed thinking about how they hadn't found him yet, and when he was busy and had something to do the depression seemed to leave. (104)

He was not the same. The plane passing changed him, the disappointment cut him down and made him new. He was not the same and would never be again like he had been. (123)

Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience - waiting and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking. (145)

The rifle changed him, the minute he picked it up, and he wasn't sure that he liked the change very much. (186)

Up and down, he thought. The pack was wonderful but it gave him and up and down feelings. (187)

He had not moved. It had all happened so fast that he hadn't moved. He sat...staring at the plane, not quite understanding it yet; not quite knowing yet that it was over. (190)
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JennyArch | outras 579 resenhas | Apr 25, 2024 |
independent reading level: grade 4-12
John Newberry Award,
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
daylaj | outras 579 resenhas | Apr 24, 2024 |
Wow. Growing up reading Hatchet every year for school, I knew a little of where Gary Paulsen came from (thanks to the 25th-anniversary edition). When I saw a chance to review this book, I jumped right on board.
The first thing that stuck out to me about Gone to the Woods was the writing style. It was quite similar to the one in Hatchet but it was a bit choppy due to fragmented sentences. This got old pretty quick considering the length of this book.
However, the story really drew me in. There was so much that Gary went through as a kid and it was quite moving.
I absolutely loved Gary's reaction of finishing his first book and the library.
This book is marketed as middle-grade, but I do not recommend it to middle-grade readers. It deals with a lot of difficult and mature topics (domestic violence, abuse, violence of war, mentions std's, drinking issues).
Rating: 3.5/5
Language: a**, d***, p***
Violence: see above
Romance: n/a
Spiritual: n/a
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
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libraryofemma | outras 13 resenhas | Apr 18, 2024 |


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