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Gary Paulsen was an American author that wrote books for children and young adults. His bibliography includes hundreds of books, short stories, and magazine articles. Born in 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gary was seven when he met his father.

Order of Francis Tucket Series

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1 Mr. Tucket / Chance for Escape 1994 Description / Buy
2 Call Me Francis Tucket (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
3 Tucket's Ride (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
4 Tucket's Home (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
5 Tucket's Gold (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Lt. Ronnie Gold Series

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1 The Sweeper 1981 Description / Buy
2 Clutterkill 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Brian Robeson Series

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1 Hatchet 1986 Description / Buy
2 The River / The Return 1991 Description / Buy
3 Brian's Winter / Winter 1996 Description / Buy
4 Brian's Return / The Call 1999 Description / Buy
5 Brian's Hunt (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Murphy Series

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1 Murphy 1987 Description / Buy
2 Murphy's Gold 1988 Description / Buy
3 Murphy's Herd 1989 Description / Buy
4 Murphy's War 1990 Description / Buy
5 Murphy's Stand (Short Story) ( With: Brian Burks) 1993 Description / Buy
6 Murphy's Ambush (Short Story) ( With: Brian Burks) 1995 Description / Buy
7 Murphy's Trail (Short Story) ( With: Brian Burks) 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Tales to Tickle the Funnybone Series

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1 The Boy Who Owned the School (Short Story) 1990 Description / Buy
2 Harris and Me: A Summer Remembered 1993 Description / Buy
3 The Schernoff Discoveries (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
4 The Glass Cafe (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
5 Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day (Short Story) 2004 Description / Buy
6 The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech (Short Story) 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Alida Series

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1 The Cookcamp (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
2 Alida's Song (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
3 The Quilt (Short Story) 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Duncan Culpepper Series

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1 The Case of the Dirty Bird 1992 Description / Buy
2 Dunc's Doll 1992 Description / Buy
3 Culpepper's Cannon 1992 Description / Buy
4 Dunc Gets Tweaked 1992 Description / Buy
5 Dunc's Halloween 1992 Description / Buy
6 Dunc Breaks the Record 1992 Description / Buy
7 Dunc and the Flaming Ghost 1992 Description / Buy
8 Amos Gets Famous 1992 Description / Buy
9 Dunc and Amos Hit the Big Top (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
10 Dunc's Dump 1993 Description / Buy
11 Dunc and the Scam Artists 1993 Description / Buy
12 Dunc and Amos and the Red Tattoos 1993 Description / Buy
13 Dunc's Undercover Christmas 1993 Description / Buy
14 Dunc and the Haunted Castle 1993 Description / Buy
15 Cowpokes and Desperados (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
16 The Wild Culpepper Cruise 1993 Description / Buy
17 Prince Amos (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
18 Coach Amos (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
19 Amos and the Alien (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
20 Dunc and Amos Meet the Slasher 1994 Description / Buy
21 Dunc and the Greased Sticks of Doom (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
22 Amos's Killer Concert Caper (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
23 Amos Gets Married (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
24 Amos Goes Bananas 1996 Description / Buy
25 Dunc and Amos Go to the Dogs (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
26 Amos and the Vampire 1996 Description / Buy
27 Amos and the Chameleon Caper 1996 Description / Buy
28 Amos Binder, Secret Agent (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
29 Dunc and Amos on Thin Ice (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
30 Super Amos (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Nightjohn Series

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1 Nightjohn (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
2 Sarny 1997 Description / Buy

Order of World Of Adventure Series

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1 The Legend of Red Horse Cavern (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
2 Rodomonte's Revenge / Video Trap (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
3 Escape from Fire Mountain (Short Story) 1994 Description / Buy
4 The Rock Jockeys / Devil's Wall (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
5 The Gorgon Slayer (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
6 Hook 'Em Snotty 1995 Description / Buy
7 Danger on Midnight River (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
8 Captive! (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
9 Project: A Perfect World / Perfect Danger (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
10 The Treasure of El Patron / Treasure Ship (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
11 Skydive! (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
12 The Seventh Crystal (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
13 The Creature of Black Water Lake (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
14 Time Benders (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
15 Grizzly (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
16 Thunder Valley (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
17 Curse of the Ruins (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
18 Flight of the Hawk (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Lawn Boy Series

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1 Lawn Boy (Short Story) 2007 Description / Buy
2 Lawn Boy Returns (Short Story) 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties Of...Series

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1 Liar, Liar (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
2 Flat Broke (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
3 Crush (Short Story) 2012 Description / Buy
4 Vote (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Road Trip Series with Jim Paulsen

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1 Road Trip (Short Story) 2013 Description / Buy
2 Field Trip (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy

Order of Liar, Liar Series

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1 Family Ties (Short Story) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Gary Paulsen Standalone Novels

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1 Some Birds Don't Fly (Short Story) 1968 Description / Buy
2 Winterkill (Short Story) 1976 Description / Buy
3 The Implosion Effect 1976 Description / Buy
4 The Death Specialists 1976 Description / Buy
5 The Foxman (Short Story) 1977 Description / Buy
6 Tiltawhirl John / Tasting the Thunder (Short Story) 1977 Description / Buy
7 The Golden Stick (Short Story) 1977 Description / Buy
8 CB Jockey / The C.B. Radio Caper 1977 Description / Buy
9 The Curse of the Cobra 1977 Description / Buy
10 The Green Recruit (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
11 Tracker (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
12 The Night the White Deer Died (Short Story) 1978 Description / Buy
13 The Spitball Gang (Short Story) 1980 Description / Buy
14 Compkill 1981 Description / Buy
15 Dancing Carl (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
16 Popcorn Days and Buttermilk Nights (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
17 Dogsong 1985 Description / Buy
18 Sentries 1986 Description / Buy
19 The Crossing (Short Story) 1987 Description / Buy
20 The Island 1988 Description / Buy
21 The Voyage of the Frog 1989 Description / Buy
22 The Winter Room (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
23 Night Rituals 1989 Description / Buy
24 Kill Fee 1990 Description / Buy
25 Canyons 1990 Description / Buy
26 The Monument 1991 Description / Buy
27 The Haymeadow / The Fourteenth Summer 1992 Description / Buy
28 Clabbered Dirt, Sweet Grass (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy
29 A Christmas Sonata (Short Story) 1992 Description / Buy
30 Sisters/Hermanas (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
31 Tasting the Thunder (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
32 The Car 1994 Description / Buy
33 The Tent (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
34 The Rifle (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
35 Ice Race 1997 Description / Buy
36 The Transall Saga / Blue Light 1998 Description / Buy
37 Soldier's Heart (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
38 The White Fox Chronicles / White Fox 2000 Description / Buy
39 The Beet Fields 2000 Description / Buy
40 The Time Hackers (Short Story) 2005 Description / Buy
41 The Legend of Bass Reeves 2006 Description / Buy
42 Notes from the Dog (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
43 Mudshark (Short Story) 2009 Description / Buy
44 Woods Runner 2009 Description / Buy
45 Masters of Disaster (Short Story) 2011 Description / Buy
46 This Side of Wild (Short Story) 2015 Description / Buy
47 Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy
48 Fishbone's Song 2016 Description / Buy
49 Gone to the Woods: Surviving a Lost Childhood 2021 Description / Buy
50 How to Train Your Dad 2021 Description / Buy
51 Northwind 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Gary Paulsen Picture Books

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1 Dogteam (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
2 The Tortilla Factory (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
3 Work Song (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
4 Canoe Days (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Gary Paulsen Short Story Collections

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1 All Aboard Stage 5 Traditional Tales 1998 Description / Buy
2 Paintings from the Cave 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Gary Paulsen Non-Fiction Books

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1 Martin Luther King, the Man Who Climbed the Mountain (Short Story) 1976 Description / Buy
2 The Small Ones 1976 Description / Buy
3 Dribbling, Shooting, and Scoring--Sometimes 1976 Description / Buy
4 Farm: A History and Celebration of the American Farmer (Short Story) 1977 Description / Buy
5 Tackling, Running, and Kicking - Now and Again 1977 Description / Buy
6 Hiking and Backpacking 1978 Description / Buy
7 Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting 1979 Description / Buy
8 Downhill, Hotdogging, and Cross-Country If the Snow Isn't Sticky (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
9 Pummeling, Falling, and Getting Up Sometimes (Short Story) 1979 Description / Buy
10 Athletics (Short Story) 1980 Description / Buy
11 Ice Hockey (Short Story) 1980 Description / Buy
12 Motor Cycling (Short Story) 1980 Description / Buy
13 Skiing (Short Story) 1980 Description / Buy
14 Tennis (Short Story) 1980 Description / Buy
15 Woodsong (Short Story) 1990 Description / Buy
16 Eastern Sun, Winter Moon 1993 Description / Buy
17 Madonna Stories (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
18 Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod 1994 Description / Buy
19 Father Water, Mother Woods: Essays on Fishing and Hunting in the North Woods 1994 Description / Buy
20 My Life in Dog Years (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
21 Pilgrimage on a Steel Ride / Zero to Sixty 1997 Description / Buy
22 Caught by the Sea: My Life on Boats (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy
23 Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books 2001 Description / Buy
24 How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales About Extreme Sports (Short Story) 2003 Description / Buy
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The man joined General Patton’s staff shortly after the author’s birth. Gary saw him several years later when his mother took the boy on a trip to an Army Base in the Philippines. The author’s childhood was somewhat tumultuous. He started living on a farm with relatives at the age of four.

This was before the Second World War started. Gary’s autobiographical works mention an incident where a vagrant tried to molest him. His mother was napping at the time. But she woke up, found them, and chased the vagrant away.

Gary went on to explore the woman’s alcoholism and the affairs she pursued. He also covered their trip to the Philippines to see his father, the plane crash they witnessed firsthand, the many passengers that died (eaten by sharks) as they watched, the effort his mother made to help the survivors, and more.

The author was not the best student. But he eventually developed a passion for reading, a habit he picked up after a librarian gave him a book and a library card. The fact that he was spending hours reading in his apartment building’s basement came as a surprise because Gary struggled with his literacy classes in elementary school.

As he matured, his parents, who were too busy drinking to feed him, gave Gary plenty of reasons to escape into his books. He juggled several jobs to buy essential school supplies. After graduating from Lincoln High School, the author transitioned to Bemidji State University.

But he never finished. Gary dropped out, joined the army, and rose through the ranks. He spoke fondly of his grandmother, a woman that influenced him tremendously. On the personal front, the author was married three times.

After two divorces, he met and married Ruth Wright, an artist that illustrated many of his books. Gary had three children at the time of his death, two from his first wife and one from Ruth.

The author was successful enough to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, yet he chose to pursue a modest existence. He planted roots in New Mexico, a state he visited during his army days.

Besides reading and writing, the author enjoyed dog sledding. In fact, he participated in a 1,150-mile dog sled race. But by the early 1990s, heart disease had forced the author to abandon the pursuit, a decision he did not make lightly.

He returned to the activity in 2003 after experimenting with sailing for a decade. Gary passed away in 2021. Cardiac arrest was the cause. He was 82 at the time.

Gary Paulsen Awards

Gary won the Margaret Edwards Award (American Library Association). He also received several Newbery Medal nominations.

Best Gary Paulsen Books

The author frequently explored coming-of-age themes. His protagonists were younger characters that had to survive in isolation. Gary’s best books include:

Hatchet: Brian thought life was hard. His parents’ impending divorce was weighing heavily on him. But then things went from bad to worse when a flight to Canada in a small prop plane ended in disaster.

Surviving the crash was the easy part. Now he was expected to face the great outdoors alone, hungry, and exhausted. Ignorant as he was about the woods, Brian was pessimistic about his chances.

But as the days passed, he discovered a strength he never knew he had. Brian’s patience and awareness grew, and he realized he had what it took to accomplish the impossible.

Brian’s Winter: Brian was not alone. The woods were teeming with enemies he was ill-prepared to face. The young man was armed with a hatchet and a knife, but what good were they against a bear? At best, he would make the animal angry.

His bow could kill birds and rabbits, but the weapon was useless against larger foes. Fortunately, Brian had a strong will. He was determined to survive. Unfortunately, he was still a novice where nature was concerned.

A more experienced hunter would have told him that the bear was a mere distraction. His true enemy was the weather. Brian noticed too late that summer was ending.

When Does The Next Gary Paulsen book come out?

Gary Paulsen doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Northwind and was released on January, 11th 2022.

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