Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. During the first few years of his life, his father was stationed in Europe during World War II and his mother worked in a factory. Paulsen was raised by his grandmother and aunts. He lived overseas after the war in the Phillippines between 1946-49. Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself. He attended Bemidji College, in Minnesota, paying his tuition by being a trapper. He also spent some time in the army. He decided one day to try writing and tried to become a magazine editor. He spent nearly a year as an associate magazine editor on a magazine for men in Hollywood, California. He published his first book, "Special War," in 1966 and had published nearly forty books and several articles and short stories during his early years. Some of Paulsen's most well-known books are the Hatchet series, although he has published many other popular novels including Dogsong, Harris and Me, and The Winter Room, which won the Newbery Honor. Woodsong and Winterdance are among the most popular books about the Iditarod. Paulsen was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.
Since we were learning a little about Huskies Mr B decided to share his favourite kids book by an author we know and love from last year with Mrs Trebilco when she shared "Hatchet".
Ice Race is really good too! We will be writing reviews about it soon , but we love all of the funny stories and mistakes Gary made in learning to run a team of dogs in the wild, and in the freezing cold of Minnesota and Alaska. His self sufficient life in the remote wilderness is a good example of creating a sustainable food system and how to live in harmony with the land. He tells some amazing stories of unbelievable things he has seen animals do. And we are learning that life in the wild is nothing like a Disney movie.
Later in the Term as a reward for our hard work, Mr B has said he will let us all have a go at running his Husky Indi or a friend's Husky, Storm. We look forward to meeting Storm because their is a main dog in Ice Race called Storm too. Mr B runs Indi on the trail during winter when it is cold enough. They run from Waikino through the Karangahake tunnel and back every second day. It's about 14 km return.
We are up to the part in the story where Gary is training to run in his first Iditarod Ice race across Alaksa with a team of Huskies. Gary is running some 200km over several days at a time in preparation for the 1700-1800km long and run over 16-20 days.