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In Memoriam: Gary Paulsen

In Memoriam: Gary Paulsen

I am heartbroken to hear of the passing of author Gary Paulsen. Many know him from the Hatchet series, but he wrote over 200 books for young readers and adults. I have many fond memories of reading his books about participating in the Iditarod dog sled race when I was younger. His books are beautiful and capture the raw beauty of wilderness and will be classics for years to come. Find some of Gary's best known books below, as well as his forthcoming title, Northwind.

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Northwind

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 3 hours 56 minutes

This stunning audiobook from the survival story master, set along a rugged coastline centuries ago, does for the ocean what Hatchet does for the woods, as it relates the story of a young person’s battle to stay alive against the odds, where the high seas meet a coastal wilderness.

When a deadly plague reaches the small fish camp where he lives,...

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Winterdance

The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 6 hours 56 minutes

Fueled by a passion for running dogs, Gary Paulsen entered the Iditarod—the eleven hundred and eighty mile sled-dog race through the Alaskan wilderness—in dangerous ignorance and with a fierce determination. For seventeen days, he and his team of dogs endured blinding wind, snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness,... Read more »

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Woodsong

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Gary Paulsen
Length: 2 hours 24 minutes

The award-winning creator of popular survival stories turns his attention to his own real life adventures in Minnesota and Alaska as he prepares for the grueling Iditarod sled dog race.

"The lure of the wilderness is always a potent draw, and Paulsen evokes its mysteries as well as anyone has since Jack London." (The Horn Book) Read more »

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Dogsong

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Robert Ramirez
Length: 4 hours 4 minutes

Gary Paulsen's Dogsong-a Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults-is the graphic, coming-of-age tale of a modern Eskimo lad and his consuming vision quest and harrowing struggle for survival. Troubled by changes in his Alaskan village, 14-year-old Russell Suskitt seeks the counsel of the village elder-and only dog team owner.... Read more »

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Hatchet

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Peter Coyote
Length: 3 hours 41 minutes

13-year-old Brian Robeson learns to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed with his hatchet and resourcefulness. Read more »

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The River

A Hatchet Adventure

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Peter Coyote
Length: 2 hours 31 minutes

The government sends Brian back to the Canadian wilderness in this beloved follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!
 
Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay... Read more »

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Brian's Winter

A Hatchet Adventure

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Richard Thomas
Length: 3 hours 11 minutes

In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy--winter?

Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in... Read more »

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Brian's Return

A Hatchet Adventure

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Peter Coyote
Length: 2 hours 25 minutes

Brian returns to the wilderness to discover where he truly belongs in this follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!
 
As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary... Read more »

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Brian's Hunt

A Hatchet Adventure

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Ron McLarty
Length: 2 hours 23 minutes

Brian sets out on the hunt of a lifetime in this follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!
 
Brian Robeson has stood up to the challenge of surviving the wilderness in Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter, and Brian's Return. Now, while camping alone on a lake in the woods, he finds a... Read more »

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