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A middle grade memoir from a living literary legend, giving listeners a new perspective on the origins of Gary Paulsen's famed survival stories.

His name is synonymous with high-stakes wilderness survival stories. Now, beloved author Gary Paulsen portrays a series of life-altering moments from his turbulent childhood as his own original survival story. If not for his summer escape from a shockingly neglectful Chicago upbringing to a North Woods homestead at age five, there never would have been a Hatchet. Without the encouragement of the librarian who handed him his first book at age 13, he may never have become a reader. And without his desperate teenage enlistment in the army, he would not have discovered his true calling as a storyteller.

A moving and enthralling story of grit and growing up, Gone to the Woods is perfect for newcomers to the voice and lifelong fans alike, from the acclaimed author at his rawest and realest. 

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2021 Gary Paulsen (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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  • TheresaArkport
  • 22-01-2021

A prize from Paulsen

I loved Paulsen’s narrative of his early life’s story. I was so glad that he was sent to stay with Eydie, and then so sorry to see him taken from there. I saw bits and pieces of his books in some of the experiences that followed for him. Sometimes I laughed out loud, and sometimes I cringed or wanted to cry for him. As a former school librarian, I treasured the chapters of the library and the librarian.
I would give this book to Paulsen fans, to kids who love hunting and fishing, to kids who live on farms, who don’t like school...and to adults who share good books with kids by talking them up. For younger audiences, there are a few rough situations and a few words that parents might object to. For all others, it is a book to enjoy and book talk. It’s a winner!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-01-2021

Worth the wait !!!

Gary, you hit it outta the park, another great read (listen) and story !!

Love this book !!

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