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Gary Paulsen
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    (May 17, 1939-October 13, 2021)
    Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Wrote over 200 books, including 'Hatchet,' 'Dogsong,' 'The Winter Room,' 'Sarny: Nightjohn,' and 'Woods Runner'
    He had a D- grade average in high school.
    When he was seventeen, he joined the Army by forging his father's signature on the required forms.
    He left Hollywood and a screenwriting job because 'I started to like it too much.'
    He is a self-proclaimed misanthrope.
    He said, 'I can't live in towns any more,' claiming that staying away from people is necessary for him to think clearly.
    Growing up, he frequently lived with relatives, on the streets, or in the woods to avoid his alcoholic parents.
    He completed the 1,100-mile Iditarod sled dog race (1983).
    He said he writes for children because 'they're still open to new ideas.'
    A teacher said, 'If I have a kid who is a reluctant reader, all I have to do is hand him one of Gary Paulsen's books.'

Credit: C. Fishel


 
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