On May 17, 1939 a famous writer was born. His name was Gary Paulsen. At a young age Paulsen developed a love for reading. At 14 years of age Paulsen ran away from home and traveled with a circus. Gary has had so many weird jobs it's hard to count them all. He was an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor and competed in the Iditarod. If you've ever wondered how he gets his ideas, there is your answer.
He started to write when he had a job as an editor. He wrote a lot of the stuff on his own and that's how he started writing. He then moved to Minnesota and by the end of the summer he had completed his first novel.
He also entered the 1983 and 1985 Iditarods. When he suffered an attack of angina he had to give up dog racing.
Gary has written 175 books and 200 articles. Three Newbery Awards have been awarded to Gary. About 200 letters a day come to Gary. He now spends his time with his wife, sailing and working on their boat in the pacific, and at their house in New Mexico.
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Gary Paulsen Booklist
Review of Brian's Return
Review of My Life In Dog Years