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Gone to the Woods



by
Gary Paulsen

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN
9780374314156
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Moderate Language
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A middle-grade memoir from a living literary legend, giving readers a new perspective on the origin of Paulsen's famed survival stories.

His name is synonymous with high-stakes wilderness survival stories. Now, Gary Paulsen portrays a series of life-altering moments in his turbulent childhood as his own original survival story. If not for his summer escape from a shockingly neglectful Chicago upbringing to a North Woods homestead at age five, there never would have been a Hatchet. Without the encouragement of the librarian who handed him his first book at age thirteen, he may never have become a reader. Without his desperate teenage enlistment in the Army, he would not have discovered his true calling as a storyteller. A moving and enthralling story of grit and growing up for newcomers and lifelong fans alike, this is the acclaimed author at his rawest and realest.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Domestic/Physical Abuse , Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Alcohol Abuse , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Moderate Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 2/5"

Dewey

B

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Apr 2021

Book Genres

Memoir, Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Gary Paulsen. (1939– ) Twentieth-century American authors. Biography. Wilderness survival. Running away from home. Librarians. Reading. Family life. Coming of age.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

The prolific Paulsen dips into his seemingly inexhaustible well of memories to pen yet another memoir. Employing the same third-person narrative voice he used in a trio of short, affecting stories about his grandmother (The Cookcamp, Alida’s Song, and The Quilt), Paulsen reveals more pivotal moments of resilience from his difficult childhood and teen years. At the age of five—and at his grandmother’s insistence—“the boy” goes to live with his aunt and uncle on their farm in the northern woods of Minnesota, but that safe haven is abruptly taken away when he must cross the Pacific Ocean to reunite with his parents. The boy’s time in the Philippines is brief, but his memories are indelible. Flash forward to age thirteen. The boy spends as much time in the woods as he possibly can to avoid his alcoholic parents at home. He scrapes by at school, and works setting pins at the bowling alley, but his discovery of the public library, its kind librarian, and the power of books and stories literally changes his life. The boy’s military service is another formative experience, and then he finds his voice—and his calling—as a storyteller. Resonant themes and beautiful writing unify the memoir’s episodic structure. JONATHAN HUNT

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

The prolific Paulsen dips into his seemingly inexhaustible well of memories to pen yet another memoir. Employing the same third-person narrative voice he used in a trio of short, affecting stories about his grandmother (The Cookcamp, Alida’s Song, and The Quilt), Paulsen reveals more pivotal moments of resilience from his difficult childhood and teen years. At the age of five—and at his grandmother’s insistence—“the boy” goes to live with his aunt and uncle on their farm in the northern woods of Minnesota, but that safe haven is abruptly taken away when he must cross the Pacific Ocean to reunite with his parents. The boy’s time in the Philippines is brief, but his memories are indelible. Flash forward to age thirteen. The boy spends as much time in the woods as he possibly can to avoid his alcoholic parents at home. He scrapes by at school, and works setting pins at the bowling alley, but his discovery of the public library, its kind librarian, and the power of books and stories literally changes his life. The boy’s military service is another formative experience, and then he finds his voice—and his calling—as a storyteller. Resonant themes and beautiful writing unify the memoir’s episodic structure. JONATHAN HUNT

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