Gary Paulsen

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class made by Thomas D.

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 Minneapolis, Minnesota and he is still alive to this day!


Significant Event in History that affected the Gary's Life

  • The Great Depression
  • World War II

Gary's Childhood

The product of a difficult childhood, Paulsen ran away from home at the age of fourteen. His experience in diverse jobs and a wide range of interests have provided the basis for much of his written work. His stories are woven from his personal experiences, and many of them feature outdoor settings and the harmony of nature. Several of his books deal with the theme of survival and human endurance. Hatchet, which has become a modern-day classic, won him the Newbery Honor Award.


Gary Paulsen has written many books throughout his whole entire life. He has also gotten many awards such as the Newberry award on many of his books like Hatchet. His most famous book was Hatchet and the continuing series of the Brian books. Also, The Rifle and The Special War are very famous. Later in Gary’s adult life he got special awards for many of his books like Dog song, Woods Runner, Brian’s return, and The River.

He has impacted young readers all across the nation including myself. Also he has taught many young readers that reading is not boring if you find a subject you are interested in and don’t give up on reading you can conquer anything if you try.

Famous Quotes

  • I sail, run dogs, ride horses, play professional poker and tell stories about the stuff I've been through. And I'm still a romantic; I still want Bambi to make it out of the fire.
  • Adults are locked into car payments and divorces and work. They haven't got time to think fresh.                                               

                                                                                                                -Gary Pausen

Works Cited

"Gary Paulsen." Gary Paulsen. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.

"Accomplishments - Gary Paulsen -- Rachel R." Accomplishments - Gary Paulsen -- Rachel R. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2015.