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Polluters are putting toxic waste in the school dumpster. Dunc and Amos set out to find these environmental criminals, and Amos even begins to glow in the dark.
Dunc and his best friend, Amos, are planning the best route to get the most candy on Halloween. But their plans change when Amos is slightly bitten by a werewolf. he begins scratching himself and chasing UPS trucks: He's become a werepuppy!
It's Christmastime! And Dunc, Amos, and Amos's cousin, T.J., hit the mall for some serious shopping. But when the seasonal magic is threatened by some disappearing presents and Santa Claus himself is a prime suspect, the boys put their celebration on hold and go undercover in the perfect Christmas disguises. Can the sleuthing trio protect Santa's threatened reputation and catch the impostor before he strikes again?
In this memoir of a World War II childhood, Paulsen paints a haunting self-portrait of a young boy drawn helplessly into the physical and emotional violence of the adult world. "An indelible account...hallmarked by Paulsen's sinewy writing" (Kirkus Reviews).
Thirteen-year-old Nikki Roberts hears a cry for help over her CB radio and sets out to rescue two children trapped in a forest fire. Poachers are also on Nikki's trail and they're determined to keep her from getting back to her family's hunting lodge alive. The strong female protagonist in this story will attract girls to this popular new action-adventure series.
Three of Paulsen's thrilling adventures are collected in this one volume. Includes "Escape from Fire Mountain, Hook 'Em, Snotty!," and "Danger on Midnight River. "
Family fun takes center stage in three-time Newbery Honor winner Gary Paulsen's hilarious novel for middle-school boys. Kevin Spencer is the glue that holds his family together. When his wacky relatives decide to have a double wedding in the backyard, Kevin takes charge. Planning two weddings is a great way to impress his girlfriend, Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful and Best-Smelling Girl in the World. But as more and more relatives come to stay, things spiral out of control. Tying the knot has Kevin tied up in knots in this laugh-out-loud story. "When it comes to telling funny stories about boys, no one surpasses Paulsen."--Booklist "[Paulsen is] one of the best-loved writers alive."--The New York TimesFrom the Hardcover edition.
Survival in the wilderness--Gary Paulsen writes about it so powerfully in his novels Hatchet and The River because he's lived it. These essays recount his adventures alone and with friends, along the rivers and in the woods of northern Minnesota. There, fishing and hunting are serious business, requiring skill, secrets, and inspiration. Luck, too--not every big one gets away.This book takes readers through the seasons, from the incredible taste of a spring fish fresh from the smokehouse, to the first sight of the first deer, to the peace of the winter days spent dreaming by the stove in a fishhouse on the ice. In Paulsen's north country, every expedition is a major one, and often hilarious.Once again Gary Paulsen demonstrates why he is one of America's most beloved writers, for he shows us fishing and hunting as pleasure, as art, as companionship, and as sources of life's deepest lessons.From the Paperback edition.
Father-and-son writing team Gary and Jim Paulsen pick up where their Road Trip left off. Ben has been invited to try out for a special hockey academy. But Dad wants Ben to catch up to the school field trip instead. So Ben, Dad, and their dogs, Atticus and Conor, jump into their truck. Ben concocts a secret plan to make the tryout, but Atticus and Conor are on to him. Ben and Dad's road trip turns into a wacky adventure full of new friends and surprises.
Kevin struggled to overcome his knack for lying in Liar, Liar, and now he's back for another round of mayhem and misunderstandings in this financial comedy of errors. In Kevin, Gary Paulsen has created an appealing teen boy character who is just as human and fallible as his readers.From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.
When Andy Hawkes's parents are tragically killed by a hit-and-run driver, Andy is sent to live with his mysterious grandfather. Andy has only met Grandfather Hawkes once, at his parents' funeral. The old man seemed frail and sickly, and a little bit weird. But Andy soon finds out his grandfather isn't what he seems--he's an inventor, for one thing. Andy also discovers that his parents' deaths may not have been an accident. When Grandfather Hawkes's life is threatened, Andy decides he's not going to lose another person he loves. So Andy puts to use one of his grandfather's inventions and becomes...The Hawk!
A town boy sent to live on a remote wilderness farm forms a friendship with an elderly, disfigured man who teaches him many things.
A humorous commentary on different aspects of ballooning, for children.
The Glass Cafe: Or the Stripper and the State; How My Mother Started a War with the System That Made Us Kind of Rich and a Little Bit Famousby Gary Paulsen
THE STORY IS all true and happened to me and is mine.Tony's mom, Al, is a terrific single mother who works as a dancer at the Kitty Kat Club. Twelve-year-old Tony is a budding artist, inspired by backstage life at the club. When some of his drawings end up in an art show and catch the attention of the social services agency, Al and Tony find themselves in the middle of a legal wrangle and a media circus. Is Al a responsible mother? It's the case of the stripper vs. the state, and Al isn't giving Tony up without a fight.Once again Gary Paulsen proves why he's one of America's most-beloved writers. The Glass Café is a fresh and funny exploration of motherhood, art, and the wiles of storytelling--all told by Tony, in his own true voice.
Warren Trumbull grunted as he pedaled up the hill. He didn't grunt because the hill was steep --after pedaling up it every weekday since summer vacation had begun, he was used to it. He grunted because he was pedaling for speed. Along the hilltop ran a unicorn crossing. Warren didn't like anything mythological, and 'corns were the worst.
Justin McCallister loves life on his aunt and uncle's Montana sheep ranch...until a grizzly bear begins terrorizing the livestock, injuring Justin's collie, Radar, and killing his pet lamb, Blue. Justin decides to take matters into his own hands and sets out to track down the bear. But things become more dangerous than Justin ever could have imagined when he comes face-to-face with the grizzly.
Here are the real events that inspired Gary Paulsen to write Brian Robeson's story in Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter and Brian's Return: a stint as a volunteer emergency worker; the death that became the pilot's death in Hatchet; plane crashes he's seen; and his own near misses. He takes readers on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, and how he met the moose who made it personal. There's a handy chapter titled "Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition" - recipes included.
A young boy spends his tenth summer on his aunt and uncle's farm, where he is constantly involved in crazy escapades with his cousin Harris. "On the Larson farm, readers will experience hearts as large as farmers' appetites, humor as broad as the country landscape and adventures as wild as boyhood imaginations. All this adds up to a hearty helping of old-fashioned, rip-roaring entertainment."--Publishers Weekly
This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared--and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.<p><p> Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present--and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair--it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.
Fourteen-year-old John Barron is asked, like his father and grandfather before him, to spend the summer taking care of their sheep in the haymeadow. Six thousand sheep. John will be alone, except for two horses, four dogs, and all those sheep.John doesn't feel up to the task, but he hopes that if he can accomplish it, he will finally please his father. But John finds that the adage "things just to sheep" is true when the river floods, coyotes attack, and one dog's feet get cut. Through it all he must rely on his own resourcefulness, ingenuity, and talents to survive this summer in the haymeadow.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Outdoorsy Bobbie and her city cousin, Alex, begin a vacation of rivalry at their grandfather's ranch but must find a way of dealing together with a wild bull, a violent storm, and the nasty Bledsoe boys.
Gary Paulsen's slapstick tales capture the "wonderful madness" of growing up in a small town in northern Minnesota, when high spirits, showing off for girls, and general idiocy led Gary and his pals to attempt some amazing stunts, including: <P> * Shooting a waterfall in a barrel<P> * Breaking the world speed record on skis <P> * Hang gliding with an army surplus target kite <P> * Inventing the skateboard <P> * Jumping a bike through a hoop of fire <P> * Wrestling with a bear. <P> Wacky, daring, just plain nuts -- extreme sports lead to extreme fun in these stories from Gary's boyhood.
From a master storyteller comes a unique exploration into the exhilarating joys--and the inevitable dangers--of total solitude.<P> Every day, 15yo Wil Neuton gets up, brushes his teeth, leaves the house, and rows away from shore. He's discovered the island, a place where he can go to be alone and learn to know nature--and himself.<P> Wil's only mission is to let go of the outside world. But the outside world refuses to let go of him. His family regards him as a puzzle. The town bully is determined to challenge him. And suddenly, even reporters know his name. <P> He can confront them all, or he can embrace his solitude forever. Just one thing is certain now: Wil Neuton will no longer be relying on anybody but himself.
Denver freelance reporter Tally Janrus, covering the murder and mutilation of a young boy, learns from his police detective friend that the boy had been sexually abused by several men and that there are at least six other killings in the area with the same MO.
One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth. " "Wealth?" I said. "It's groovy, man," said Arnold. If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting. From the Hardcover edition.
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