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Happy Birthday, Gary Paulsen!

Hands down, Gary Paulsen is one of my all-time favorite writers.  I love getting lost in the wilderness with his characters, and his coming-of-age stories have always hit home with me.  It’s no surprise he’s a favorite with booksellers, educators, parents and readers of all ages.

His most recent, the Bluebonnet-listed Lawn Boy has been a big hit in BookKids, but have you read his classic titles?

Hatchet is a perennial favorite, following the terrifying fate of Brian, who finds himself abandoned in the woods with only the windbreaker on his back and a hatchet he received as a gift.  Lost in the wilderness, he faces hunger, wild animals, and inclement weather – and with no one but himself for company, Brian is forced to consider the reality of his parents’ divorce .  This is an amazing adventure that boys and girls alike can’t put down.  If you haven’t read Hatchet yet, come in and grab a copy – it’s a must-read!

One of his lesser-known novels, The Island appears to be a more serene take on teen life.  But don’t let the premise fool you – though the story revolves around 15-year-old Wil and the small island he’s discovered at a local lake, this introspective character has a lot on his plate including a recent move.  When Wil decides to stay on the island for “a little while,”  it doesn’t take long for the media to invade  his peaceful, new Thorou-ian lifestyle.  This perspective on the teenage experience is refreshingly different, exciting, and uplifting.  The Island can’t be missed.

To celebrate Gary Paulsen’s  birthday – today, May 17 – we’ve got his books on their own display in BookKids.  Come check them out!

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E. Kristin Anderson grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked for The New Yorker magazine, but she decided being a grown up just wasn’t for her. Currently living in Austin, Texas, Kristin is an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children's section and a contributing editor at Found Poetry Review. Kristin is the co-editor of the DEAR TEEN ME anthology (Zest Books, 2012), based on the website of the same name. As a poet she has been published worldwide in around two dozen literary journals from the UK indie-queen Fuselit, to Cordite in Australia to the US’ Post Road and the Cimarron Review to the sci fi mag Asimov’s Science Fiction, and she has two forthcoming chapbooks: A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks) and A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press). She hand-wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson and may or may not still be in a notebook at her parents’ house. Kristin’s work appears in the anthology COIN OPERA II, a collection of poems about video games from Sidekick Books and FUTUREDAZE, an anthology of YA SciFi from Underwords. She is represented by Christina Hogrebe at the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

One comment on “Happy Birthday, Gary Paulsen!

  1. Hi you have the same birthday as me May 17th but I was born in 2001. my favorite book of yours is hatchet

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