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A look at a hunter and trapper who learned lessons by the animals he encountered and the sled dogs he trained and raced
Fulfilling his uncle's wish, David Alspeth sails on the Frog to be stranded due to an unexpected storm.
So it happened that when he was little and new in the woods, the boy rode a Caterpillar tractor in the morning and a gravel truck in the afternoon and helped the crew of raw and rough men build a road almost to Canada. The year was 1944. The road had something to do with a war and with the chance that war might come to Minnesota. There were nine men in the camp, and only one woman, the boy's grandmother, who cooked for them. The boy helped. But he missed his mother and every day needed to be brave. Even now, his summer in the cook-camp remains with him--the sights and sounds of the men's arduous work, the fun of learning the fine art of spitting, the memory of Grandma by oil lamp writing seven letters, one a night, to his mother in Chicago, letters she intended to mail "good and hard" from the town thirty miles distant, because of something the boy let slip about life at home while his father was off in the war. The cookcamp became, for a time, the boy's home--and has meant a kind of home for him ever since.
A young boy growing up on a Minnesota farm recounts his old Norwegian uncle's tales of an almost mythological logging past, and describes the scenes around him.
Set in 1994, the story follows the history of a rifle created during the Revolutionary War, and how it was used during the intervening centuries.
Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs. In each chapter he tells the story of one special dog, among them Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Dirk, the grim protector; and Josh, one of the remarkable border collies working on Paulsen's ranch today.
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).
"This is a book about the things that save a man's life, beginning with a motorcycle. At the age of fifty-seven, looking over his shoulder at heart disease, increasingly surrounded by his career as a writer, Gary Paulsen acquires his first Harley-Davidson. He decides to ride long - from his home in New Mexico to Alaska - and it turns out to be a trip in time as well as space." "Through Minnesota and the Rockies to the Alaska Highway, Paulsen, the author of Winterdance, about running the Iditarod, travels through the landmarks of his life. There were the people who wouldn't let him give in, from the tough cop who kept him from becoming a juvenile delinquent to the whore who told him not to leave the army. There were the challenges that pushed him to the limit, such as high-stakes poker, wrangling a dogsled through the Alaskan wilderness, and packing horses into the foothills of Montana. And there were the days of pure sweat and muscle on farms in Minnesota or at the bottom of septic-tank pits in Colorado. Amid the silence and beauty of running the road on his Harley, Paulsen celebrates hard work, constant challenge, and ultimately the process rather than the product - not the destination but the ride."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Vowing to find the sunken ship of treasure that claimed his father's life, Tag Jones is unperturbed by rumors that the ship is haunted, but when he and his friend are asked to retrieve some sunken parcels, they find themselves in dangerous water.
Drifting aimlessly after the death of his wife, Al Murphy comes across a price war and is hired to ride shotgun. Fast-paced western.
"Sheriff Al Murphy had no jurisdiction in the Arizona Territory, but that didn't matter because Risa Villabisencio needed his help. Many years ago Risa and her husband, Santiago, had taken in the wounded sheriff and nursed him, saving his life." "Santiago was a lawyer and a leader of the small Mexican community in San Patricio and the surrounding area; he had even tried to enlist the aid of the governor when justice was not forthcoming from the local law. A few weeks ago Santiago and his two sons had been waylaid as they headed to see the U.S. marshal in Vera Cruz to report that cattleman Ben King had murdered two Mexican goatherders. Santiago never reached Tucson. His buggy was found, with blood on the seat. There was no sign of Santiago or his sons." "Murphy retraced Santiago's trail, following every possible lead. It was almost futile for one man to go up against King and his men, but Murphy found that help sometimes came when he least expected it and from the most unlikely of allies."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Carley would rather be anywhere than in this poverty-ridden Minnesota farm town. But staying with his Uncle David's family is better than reform school, which is where Carley was headed.
On a weekend in Washington, Dunc and Amos confront Amos's double, Prince Gustav of Muldavia, who asks Amos to change places with him so as to unearth a turncoat.
Asked to train a local t-ball team, Dunc and Amos must come up against players who know nothing of the game, a menacing local gangster, and overanxious family supporters.
Sent to live with relatives on their farm because of his unhappy home life, an eleven-year-old city boy meets his distant cousin Harris and is given an introduction to a whole new world.
Amos is desperate. He's desperate for two tickets to the romantic event of his young life...the Road Kill concert! He'll do anything to get them because he heard from a friend of a friend of a friend of Melissa Hansen that: she's way into Road Kill.
Jacob's goal in life is to go about unnoticed. He's perfect at sneaking into his English class. That was, until now. If Jacob wants to pass English, he must work for extra credit on the stage crew of the school production of The Wizard of Oz.
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 fifteen-year-old runaway discovers that a carnival's razzle-dazzle doesn't shield it from the cruelties of life.
Paulsen and his team of dogs endured snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness, and hallucinations in the relentless push to go on.
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.
In three stories: Escape from Fire Mountain; Hook Em, Snotty!; and Danger on Midnight River, the characters meet danger at every turn in the great outdoors and learn to face their fears head on.
Murphy, sheriff of Cincherville, Colorado, was a big man who reminded people of a bear. In 1868, when Murphy was a boy, a recruiter with shiny brass buttons and a blue uniform had come through and fed him half a bucket of warm saloon beer laced with straight jack whiskey and had signed him on to head west with the cavalry and fight Indians.
Before coming to the valley Al Murphy had resigned his sheriff job in Cincherville. He and Midge had left with no real plan or place to go, had just let the mules pull the wagon north until they were tired and had worked sweat on their flanks and were getting stubborn enough to kick at the trace chains.
Stapleton was being modernized--they were always modernizing some part of the airport--and Milo had to work his way past the construction areas. The ritual started in his fourteenth year and didn't end until he was seventeen when he first had sex with a young woman from school. His father was gone, divorced but considered to be dead by his mother, and they lived alone.
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