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Gary Paulsen (1939–2021), young adult author of “Hatchet”

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Gary Paulsen was an author of books for young adults including the wilderness survival classic “Hatchet.”Paulsen’s stories of survival under harsh conditions drew in part on his own life, including his experiences hunting and trapping for sustenance as a child.

His 1986 book “Hatchet” told the story of a 13-year-old boy stranded in the wilderness with only a hatchet. It won the Newbery Honor.

Paulsen followed “Hatchet” with four sequels, including “The River” and Brian’s Hunt.” His other books include “Dogsong” and “The Winter Room,” both Newbery Honor winners, as well as “Harris and Me.” His 1994 non-fiction book “Winterdance” told the story of the Iditarod sled dog race, in which Paulsen competed.

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