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He loves the sport of dog racing, and entered the 1983 Iditarod. ... Gary has made two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod. ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Gary Paulsen

Gary Paulsen
  • Born May 17, 1939, in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • lives in New Mexico and on the Pacific Ocean
  • married, Ruth Wright Paulsen, in 1871. She is an
    artist who has illustrated several of his books.
    They have a son, James.
  • He has two children from his first marriage,
    Lance and Lynn
  • Educated at Bemidji State University in Minnesota
    and the University of Colorado in Boulder
  • Served in the U.S. Army from 1959-62

Gary PaulsenPersonal Information
  • He worked as a satellite technician for an
    aerospace firm in California. One night he walked
    off the job, and never went back.
  • He worked in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader.
  • He loves the sport of dog racing, and entered the
    1983 Iditarod.
  • He has an overwhelming belief in young people
    that drives him to write.
  • His personal experiences have provided ample
    material from which he creates his powerful
  • He has written more than 175 books and some 200
    articles and short stories for children and
  • He had a difficult early life. His father was in
    the service, and Gary saw his father for the
    first time when he was 7.

Gary Paulsen - Trivia
  • He ran away from home at the age of 14 and
    traveled with a carnival. That is where he
    acquired a taste for adventure.
  • When he was young, he spent one summer doing
    chores on a farm.
  • He has had jobs as an engineer, construction
    worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor.
  • Gary has made two rounds of the 1,180-mile
    Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod.
  • He is planning a single-hand journey around Cape
  • Sometimes he lives aboard his 44-foot sailboat,
    which is docked at Ventura Isla Marina,
  • He likes to ride Harley Davidsons.

Gary Paulsen BookHatchet
  • In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to
    survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed
    with his hatchet and resourcefulness.
  • Look for other books in this series. They are
    Brians Return, Brians Winter, The River, and
    Brians Hunt.

Gary Paulsen BookBrians Hunt
  • Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian
    wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of
    surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on
    his own in the natural world to civilization.
  • When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is
    wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog
    is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he
    worries about his Cree friends who live north of
    his camp. His instincts tell him to head north,
    quickly. With his new companion at his side, and
    with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets
    out to learn what happened. He sets out on the

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