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Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the American Library Association for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. Among his Random House books are Road Trip (written with his son, Jim Paulsen); Family Ties; Vote; Crush; Flat Broke; Liar, Liar; Paintings from the Cave; Woods Runner; Masters of Disaster; Lawn Boy; Notes from the Dog; The Amazing Life of Birds; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; How Angel Peterson Got His Name; Guts; and five books about Francis Tucket's adventures in the Old West. Gary Paulsen has also published fiction and nonfiction for adults. He divides his time between his home in Alaska, his ranch in New Mexico, and his sailboat on the Pacific Ocean.
Gr 4-7‘Part of Paulsen's World of Adventure Series, these four brief tales, told in the author's lean prose, pit teenage heroes against formidable odds that grab and hold listeners to the final word. In Captive!, we meet Roman Sanchez, a troubled boy, as he and his classmates are kidnapped by two masked men who force them on a school bus as hostages to an unknown destination. Class nerd, Daniel Martin, in Danger on Midnight River, has a chance to win the respect of his fellow campers after their bus crashes and they must survive in the wilderness. The longest story, Tucket's Ride, is set in the Old West and presents a 15-year-old boy who has taken two stranded orphans under his wing before meeting up with a band of ruthless Comancheros. Not every tale deals with male heroics. Hook 'Em, Snotty offers two tough and wily girls who are adept enough at horsemanship and cowboy maneuvers to outsmart a wild bull and two mean-spirited brothers. Paulsen's spare, poetic language is in good hands with both John Randolph Jones and Jeff Woodman; the latter, who does a "Valley Girl" voice in Hook `Em, Snotty, doesn't miss his chance to be subtly hilarious. These will make good listening choices when time is short as well as offering reluctant readers the appeal of swift action and multidimensional characterization.‘Carol Katz, Harrison Public Library, NY
Continuing the fast-paced adventures of Francis Alphonse Tucket...Francis creates a stampede, foils a couple of crooks, and finds himself suddenly in charge of two small children. Like Paulsen's other heroes, Francis meets adversity head-on--and survives."--The Washington Post Book World "The narrative flow is smooth and uncluttered, the action gritty and realistic, the story thrilling." From the Hardcover edition.