Category Archives: Author: Gary Paulsen

The Voyage of the Frog

vThe Voyage of the Frog

Gary Paulsen

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 160

Age Range: 12 and up

Year: 1990

Genre: Adventure

14 year old David sets sail on his deceased Uncle’s sailboat, The Frog. The book travels through his adventures on the water and inside himself, as he attempts not only to survive the ocean, but also his own demons.

Anyone who loves sailing, the ocean, or the outdoors will like this for its surface themes, but its deeper issues and thoughts would be meaningful for any teenager.

Mr. Coleman

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Soldier’s Heart

Soldier’s Heart
Gary Paulsen

Is that supposed to be a kid?

Is that supposed to be a kid?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 102
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: 1998
Genre: Historical

Charley is a 15-year-old boy growing up in Minnesota during the Civil War time. He sees all of the ribbons, parades, and posters and wants so badly to be a part of the war. Charley lies about his age to become a soldier in for the North. He loves all the attention he gets from girls and being a part of the parades and so on. Then he is introduced to battle and Charley begins to regret wanting to do anything with battle and war.

Do you have those students who don’t really care about school because all they wanted do was be in the military? Gary Paulsen does an excellent job describing what battles and war can really mean. This book could be a great wake up call for those boys in your class. It is graphic, a little gory and easy to relate to as Charley is 15 and from Minnesota.

-Miss Jenny

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Brian’s Winter

Brian’s Winter
Gary Paulsen

Brrr.

Brrr.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 133
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 1996
Genre: Adventure

Series: 3rd of 5, Brian’s Saga

This is the 3rd book, or could be read as the 2nd book in the Hatchet series. It gives an alternate ending to Brian’s stay in the Canadian wilderness during its harsh winter where he encounters new challenges trying to survive with new elements. The author takes you through what would have happened had he not been rescued before the winter season hit.

I think that people who want to read about a realistic survival situation would really enjoy this book. I believe that this book would be loved by anyone who has a passion for the outdoors. It’s a captivating book and keeps you highly interested. I read both Hatchet and Brian’s Winter with a group of 8th Grade boys this past school year and we all loved our time reading it.

-Mr. T

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Hatchet

Hatchet
Gary Paulsen

Looks intense.

Looks intense.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 186
Age Range: 10 and up
Year: 1987
Genre: Adventure

Series: 1st of 5, Brian’s Saga

This book is about a young boy who is forced to survive in the Canadian wilderness all by himself after a plane crash. He must do everything for himself and learns that pity will get him nowhere.

I believe that this book would be good for anyone who likes the outdoors/nature. The reason I think that this is for outdoor lovers is because it has to do with survival and the elements of mother nature.

-Mr. T

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