Woodsong

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Simon and Schuster, 1990 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 132 pages
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Follow three-time Newbery Honor author and adventurer Gary Paulsen in this award-winning memoir as he flies off of a dogsled, almost gets killed by a bear, has tricks played on him by his clever dogs, watches a banty hen terrorize his backyard (and wife), and races toward the Alaska Mountain Range in the 1,180-mile Iditarod.
  

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Very thoughtful, engaging storytelling - Goodreads
I knew Gary Paulsen was a great writer. - Goodreads
I almost forgot what a great writer Gary Paulsen is. - Goodreads
... this book has lots of insights to life - Goodreads

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User Review  - Danielle - Goodreads

If you liked Hatchet...(or maybe just THINK you liked it, because you haven't read it since junior high, and you remember that a hatchet featured prominently, and being stranded in the wilderness, but ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sheri - Goodreads

Vivid descriptions of a life on the sled in Alaska. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books about animals and travel or high adventure. Non-fiction is my usual genre but I may dip my toe into the fiction pond for something by Gary Paulsen. Read full review

Contents

Eagle River
2
Settlers
3
Rainy Pass
4
The Gorge
5
Rhone River
6
The Burn
7
Nikolai
8
McGrath
9
Koyuk
17
Elim
18
Nome
19
Bering
20
Arctic Ocean
21
Pacific Ocean
22
Mt McKinley Denali
23
Alaska Range
24

Iditarod
10
n Shageluk 12 Yukon River
12
Kaltag
13
Unalakleet
14
Shaktolik
15
Norton Sound
16
Kuskokwim Mountains
25
Brooks Range
26
Fairbanks
27
Siberia USSR
28
Canada
29
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About the author (1990)

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. During the first few years of his life, his father was stationed in Europe during World War II and his mother worked in a factory. Paulsen was raised by his grandmother and aunts. He lived overseas after the war in the Phillippines between 1946-49. Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself. He attended Bemidji College, in Minnesota, paying his tuition by being a trapper. He also spent some time in the army. He decided one day to try writing and tried to become a magazine editor. He spent nearly a year as an associate magazine editor on a magazine for men in Hollywood, California. He published his first book, "Special War," in 1966 and had published nearly forty books and several articles and short stories during his early years. He went back to school in 1972, attending the University of Colorado, but his career was interrupted by a lawsuit in 1977 over "Winterkill." In 1990, he suffered a mild heart attack, which did not hinder his writing at all. Some of Paulsen's most well-known books are the Hatchet series, although he has published many other popular novels including Dogsong, Harris and Me, and The Winter Room, which won the Newbery Honor. Woodsong and Winterdance are among the most popular books about the Iditarod. Paulsen was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Ruth has illustrated several books by her husband.

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