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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User Review  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

This was a tough book to pinpoint. Gary Paulsen is not your typical writer though. It seems like he could have written a lot of very interesting nonfiction about his life as an adventurous nature ... Read full review

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User Review  - ertreada - LibraryThing

This book is an autobiography of Gary Paulsen where he explains where he got his motivation and inspiration for writing The Hatchet and the other Brian books. This book was interesting and funny but definitely would have had to read at least The Hatchet to appreciate the explanation and examples. Read full review


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\Gary Paulsen is a three-time Newbery Honor winner who has published more than 100 books. Among his best-known titles are Brian’s Winter and Soldier’s Heart.

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