“Name the book that made the biggest impression on you. I bet you read it before you hit puberty. In the time I've got left, I intend to write artistic books - for kids - because they're still open to new ideas.” – Gary Paulsen
Best known for “coming of age” stories and about the importance of nature and the wilderness, Paulsen has authored more than 200 books, 200-plus magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers or “Tweens.”
He has won numerous prizes, including the Margaret Edwards Award
from the American Library Association for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
Paulsen said every writer should use personal experiences and beliefs in their creative writing. “I sail, run dogs, ride horses, play professional poker and tell stories about the stuff I've been through,” he said. “And I'm still a romantic; I still want Bambi to make it out of the fire.”
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