Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books

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Random House Children's Books, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 148 pages
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Guess what -- Gary Paulsen was being kind to Brian. In Guts, Gary tells the real stories behind the Brian books, the stories of the adventures that inspired him to write Brian Robeson's story: working as an emergency volunteer; the death that inspired the pilot's death in Hatchet; plane crashes he has seen and near-misses of his own. He describes how he made his own bows and arrows, and takes readers on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, or how he met the moose with a sense of humor, and the moose who made it personal. There's a handy chapter on "Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition." Recipes included. Readers may wonder how Gary Paulsen survived to write all of his books -- well, it took guts.


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Superb writing and diction. - Goodreads
Super book for leading kids into writing. - Goodreads
Gary ate turtle eggs for research. - Goodreads
Look for clues in the title, graphics and subheadings. - Goodreads
Source: Textbook The biography of writer Gary Paulsen. - Goodreads

Review: Guts: The True Stories behind Hatchet and the Brian Books (Brian's Saga)

User Review  - Ms. Mielke's Class - Goodreads

Really good book, I would recommend this to people who like survival and want to learn about Gary Paulsen. In this book he shows you where he got inspiration for his stories. He talks about his childhood in the wilderness of Minnesota. Also, about his Iditarod Races. Dv Read full review

Review: Guts: The True Stories behind Hatchet and the Brian Books (Brian's Saga)

User Review  - Colleen - Goodreads

Crazy stories Read full review

About the author (2002)

Gary Paulsen is a three-time Newbery Honor winner who has published more than 100 books. Among his best-known titles are Brianís Winter and Soldierís Heart.


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