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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!

About EKA

E. Kristin Anderson is a Pushcart-nominated poet and author who 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 lovely folks at The New Yorker magazine, but she soon packed her bags and moved to Austin, Texas where she works as a freelance editor and writing coach. Wearer of many proverbial hats, Kristin is an online editor at Hunger Mountain and a poetry 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. Her YA memoir THE SUMMER OF UNRAVELLING is forthcoming in 2017 from ELJ Publications. As a poet she has been published in many magazines including Juked, [PANK], Asimov’s Science Fiction, Hotel Amerika, Room and Cicada and she has work forthcoming in Hermeneutic Chaos and The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts. Kristin is the author of five chapbooks of poetry: A GUIDE FOR THE PRACTICAL ABDUCTEE (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014), A JAB OF DEEP URGENCY (Finishing Line Press, 2014), PRAY, PRAY, PRAY: Poems I wrote to Prince in the middle of the night (Porkbelly Press, 2015), ACOUSTIC BATTERY LIFE (forthcoming from ELJ Publications) and 17 DAYS (forthcoming from Choose the Sword 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 in her parents’ garage. She blogs at EKristinAnderson.com is currently trying to trick someone into publishing her full-length collection of erasure poems based on women’s and teen magazines.

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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