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Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. He was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California when he realized he wanted to be a writer. He left his job and spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader. His first book, Special War, was published in 1966. He has written more than 175 books for young adults including Brian's Winter, Winterkill, Harris and Me, Woodsong, Winterdance, The Transall Saga, Soldier's Heart, This Side of Wild, and Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books. Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room are Newbery Honor Books. He was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Gary Paulsen (1939-2021) was a popular writer of children's literature. He also wrote adult nonfiction (Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod).

Hatchet 14,388 copies, 539 reviews
Brian's Winter 4,344 copies, 76 reviews
The River 3,382 copies, 42 reviews
Brian's Hunt 2,569 copies, 33 reviews
Dogsong 2,285 copies, 31 reviews
Lawn Boy 2,174 copies, 56 reviews
Brian's Return 2,075 copies, 33 reviews
Woodsong 1,882 copies, 107 reviews
The Winter Room 1,588 copies, 31 reviews
Tracker 1,394 copies, 21 reviews
Woods Runner 1,318 copies, 41 reviews
Mudshark 1,233 copies, 28 reviews
The Voyage of the Frog 1,198 copies, 14 reviews
Nightjohn 1,075 copies, 94 reviews
Harris and Me 1,072 copies, 36 reviews
Soldier's Heart 966 copies, 36 reviews
Guts 879 copies, 37 reviews
Canyons 844 copies, 9 reviews
Mr. Tucket 832 copies, 9 reviews
My Life in Dog Years 764 copies, 20 reviews
The Haymeadow 728 copies, 8 reviews
Lawn Boy Returns 698 copies, 9 reviews
The Cookcamp 659 copies, 7 reviews
The Island 617 copies, 9 reviews
The Transall Saga 582 copies, 14 reviews
Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers 558 copies, 9 reviews
The Monument 538 copies, 5 reviews
The Crossing 526 copies, 15 reviews
The Rifle 441 copies, 10 reviews
The Tortilla Factory 433 copies, 10 reviews
How Angel Peterson Got His Name 412 copies, 18 reviews
Masters of Disaster 412 copies, 11 reviews
The Foxman 404 copies, 5 reviews
Notes from the Dog 402 copies, 21 reviews
Sarny 382 copies, 3 reviews
The Car 358 copies, 9 reviews
Call Me Francis Tucket 320 copies, 3 reviews
The Boy Who Owned The School 303 copies, 4 reviews
Dancing Carl 279 copies, 6 reviews
Road Trip 274 copies, 15 reviews
A Christmas Sonata 269 copies, 3 reviews
Shelf Life: Stories by the Book (Editor) 268 copies, 4 reviews
Tucket's Ride (Signature) 267 copies, 8 reviews
The Legend of Bass Reeves 251 copies, 12 reviews
Tucket's Gold 249 copies, 3 reviews
The Night the White Deer Died 223 copies, 2 reviews
Sentries 220 copies, 3 reviews
Alida's Song 218 copies, 8 reviews
Escape, Return, Breakout 218 copies, 1 review
Dogteam 212 copies, 3 reviews
The Time Hackers 206 copies, 9 reviews
Tracker / Dogsong / Hatchet 196 copies, 2 reviews
Danger on Midnight River 192 copies, 6 reviews
The Schernoff Discoveries 183 copies, 2 reviews
The Legend of Red Horse Cavern 179 copies, 4 reviews
Escape from Fire Mountain 152 copies, 2 reviews
Tucket's Home 150 copies, 3 reviews
The Quilt 145 copies, 8 reviews
The Tent 143 copies, 4 reviews
Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass 140 copies, 6 reviews
Canoe Days 132 copies, 2 reviews
Father Water, Mother Woods 102 copies, 1 review
Worksong 102 copies, 4 reviews
Sisters/Hermanas 83 copies, 1 review
The Seventh Crystal 80 copies, 1 review
Dunc's Halloween 69 copies, 1 review
Field Trip 68 copies, 2 reviews
Tiltawhirl John 66 copies, 2 reviews
Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat 65 copies, 1 review
The Case of the Dirty Bird 59 copies, 1 review
Northwind 55 copies, 1 review
Vote 46 copies
Grizzly 43 copies, 1 review
Family Ties 40 copies, 1 review
Captive! 36 copies, 2 reviews
Culpepper's Cannon 31 copies, 1 review
Devil's Wall 30 copies, 1 review
Fishbone's Song 28 copies
Dunc and Amos Meet the Slasher 21 copies, 1 review
Dunc's Doll 21 copies
Time Benders 18 copies
Dunc's Dump 17 copies
Hook 'Em Snotty 17 copies, 1 review
Coach Amos 16 copies
Dunc and the Haunted Castle 16 copies, 1 review
Thunder Valley 15 copies
Perfect Danger 14 copies
Ice Race 13 copies
Prince Amos 13 copies
Skydive 12 copies
Tasting the Thunder 11 copies, 1 review
Murphy's Trail 11 copies
Madonna Stories 11 copies
Murphy's Gold 8 copies
Kill fee 8 copies
Winterkill 8 copies, 1 review
A Cry in the Wild [1990 film] (Screenwriter) 7 copies
Murphy's War 6 copies
Murphy's Herd 6 copies
Clutterkill 5 copies
Murphy 5 copies
Some birds don't fly 3 copies, 1 review
The Sweeper 3 copies
Super Amos 3 copies
Woodsong (ABRIDGED) 2 copies, 1 review
Pied Piper 1 copy
Books 1 copy
Compkill 1 copy
The Call of the Wild (Foreword, some editions) 16,701 copies, 286 reviews
Guys Write for Guys Read (Contributor) 701 copies, 13 reviews
Storm: Stories of Survival from Land and Sea (Contributor) 38 copies, 2 reviews
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Gary Paulsen (1939-2021) was a popular writer of children's literature. He also wrote adult nonfiction (Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod).

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