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Published: Sunday, April 11 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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What a great story about a great story-teller!


Gotta love a guy like that.


While in semi-retirement and until the recession forced me back into full-time employment, I was a volunteer reading tutor in a nearby elementary school for 7 years. I never knew about Mr. Paulsen's books. I wish I had. I suspect there were a number of the children I tutored whose lives and special needs would have been better served by reading Mr. Paulsen's books than what I used.

Thanks for the story. Knowing about his books will give me a better set of tools to use when I resume tutoring.


One of my favorite authors. Just finished reading "Woods Runner", and enjoyed it as much as all of his other books that I have read. I use his books in my classroom, I find that many have valuable life lessons to teach young people.

J Conklin

Gary Paulsen stands alone in the honest, outdoors story creation. His talent is rare and finely crafted. That's why students love his books....the honesty always shines through.

As a former media specialist, I can attest to the fact that he and his books are genuinely loved.


Hatchet is a great book.


Mr. Paulsen writes great books. His best are "Woodsong" and "My Life in Dog Years." Both of these are biographical. I have read them aloud to many students in the 1st-6th grades and they love them.

"My Life in Dog Years" has been an inspiring story to many young men I have taught that have faced similar challenges as Gary did as a young man, with parents who were largely uninvolved, leaving him to find his own way.

I am so appreciative of Gary Paulsen's dedication to inspiring youth. We are all grateful for the librarian that inspired him.

Thanks Mr. Paulsen!

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