by Gary Paulsen


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Gary Paulsen, three-time Newbery Honor author, is no stranger to adventure. He has flown off the back of a dogsled and down a frozen waterfall to near disaster, and waited for a giant bear to seal his fate with one slap of a claw. He has led a team of sled dogs toward the Alaskan Mountain Range in an Iditarod — the grueling, 1,180-mile dogsled race — hallucinating from lack of sleep, but he determined to finish.

Here, in vivid detail, Paulsen recounts several of the remarkable experiences that shaped his life and inspired his award-winning writing.

A School Library Journal Best Book

A Booklist Editors' Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756980009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2007
Pages: 132
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He has written over 100 books for adults and young readers. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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Woodsong 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
bret38 More than 1 year ago
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen is a compelling nonfiction novel about the life of Gary Paulsen. The book mainly takes place in Minnesota in Gary's hometown. In the book Gary talks about the high points of his life, in no order at all, so you don't know what's going to happen next. Each chapter is full of new surprises and new lessons that Gary had to learn the hard way. I would recommend this book to any reader ages 12 and up. I was barley able to put this book down because of the unsuspecting true stories about Gary's life. Paulsen's immediacy combined with the outdoors man plot is outstanding. Readers should be aware of many hunting and death scenes, but they are not very graphic. I would rate this book a 9.5 out of 10 for the outdoors man plot and the amazing skill of the writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a very informational non-fiction book titled WoodSong by Gary Paulson. It was about Alaskan sled dogs and a musher¿s Journey. When the book was described to me, they made it out to be not really an interesting book. But I was still curious about it because I have a Alaskan Malamute. When I started it, it was not really a page-turner but after a couple pages I really got into it. It¿s a great informational book that has many characters but there is the main character who is Gary Paulsen, the author. Some of the other characters are his wife, dogs, and the setting starts out on a small farm in Minnesota, which had many different animals on it. The author starts the book by saying, I understood almost nothing about the woods until it was nearly to late. That is the first sentence of the book, and that by itself made me want to read more. From that sentence I could tell it was about his troubles and hard times. If you like a descriptive author who makes you feel like your right there with him, making you apart of the story you¿ll love this book, and other books by the author. I give this book a TEN out of TEN. The author is indescribable on how he words things, his whole way of writing. This a great book I recommend for all ages above ten just because it has some really descriptive injuries that include blood but its not gross he¿s just saying how it really was. And I personally like that. I want the real thing not some made up thing like ¿ Ohh it didn¿t hurt when I ripped my knee-cap open¿. But he is my favorite author now. Previously, I hated reading, but I loved this book. And you will to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book! It is based on a true story! My friend read it as well, and we agree that it is a very detailed story! I read it for 2 hours straight! I wrote down the words I didn't know and looked them up in the dictionary. This is a good book for people who love dogs and snow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gary truly made me realize the power of mother nature. I don't think that I will ever be able to look at any of God's creatures again with out questioning their ability to 'feel' happiness, saddness, and even boredom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many people like to read books that are exciting and interesting. If a book is dull and boring, people will not want to read it. Woodsong is a very exciting book. There is always something happening. Woodsong is a fiction book about a man who has many dangerous adventures while training his sled dogs for the Iditarod. He encounters bears, moose, and even death. Although he has many hardships and troubles, he sticks to his hard work and dedication to his dogs. He also learns many valuable traits from his dogs and grows a great bond with them. If you enjoy reading adventure books you will love Woodsong. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to get interested in a good book. The appropriate age for this book is around 10-14, but I think anyone would enjoy it. The book uses words and examples that a teen would understand, but is also full of details that would be too complicated for a younger child. Gary Paulsen uses very vivid details when writing his books. It is full of great adventures and experiences. It is also full of lessons about life. The first sentence in the book says, "I understood almost nothing about the woods until it was nearly too late." He bases the whole book on that statement. Although it is for a teenager, I think adults would love this book as well. The way that Gary Paulsen speaks in this book is full of emotion. You know when there is sadness, excitement, pain, or fear. Paulsen uses very vivid detail such as when he says, "Raw, irritated, frustrated, ripping anger." You can feel the anger when you read that part of the book. You can feel the grief and sadness when he says, "When I came back the next day I went to the kennel and there was silence until I came close and then the dogs went into the death song.and I knew then Storm was gone." When you're reading this book, it feels like you're actually there. It feels like all of that stuff is happening to you. It is full of very good descriptive details. The content in this book is full of amazing experiences. Gary Paulsen tells the story of all of his adventures while training his sled dogs for the Iditarod. He tells of the hard times and the good times. He learns valuable lessons of love and many other traits from his dogs. In the book, Paulsen says, "It is always possible to learn from dogs and in fact the longer I'm with them the more I understand how little I know." He also tells of the long, hard Iditarod race. Through the hunger, hallucinations, and being lost in the Alaskan wilderness, he still keeps going. Paulsen's books contain so much more adventure than other books. Woodsong is a very good book. I think that if you read it, you will like it. It is one of the best books I have ever read. I highly recommend it.
PatPC More than 1 year ago
Paulsen weaves together fascinating experiences with dogs in this book. No one can fathom the perils faced by the rugged men and working dogs, without the author's vivid details.
AldenW7D More than 1 year ago
Wood Song, written by Gary Paulsen, is about Paulsen's adventures racing his team of dogs in the Iditarod (the famous dog sled race across Alaska). His goal is to complete the Iditarod, a treacherous, 1,180-mile journey across terrain that modern man can only imagine. The sled team traveled place to place in the freezing cold and battled the weather to try and win the Iditarod. Gary worked as hard as he could to get the dogs in shape. Through teamwork, each dog looked out for each other and their owner. As Paulsen describes when his entire dog team returned to rescue him from a fall, "I thought of the dogs. How they came back to help me, perhaps to save me. I knew that somewhere in the dogs, in their humor and the way they thought, they had great, old knowledge; they had something we had lost." pg. 29 This book is for young students who like adventures and enjoy the outdoors. There are great details on trips across the deep white snow. I enjoyed this book a lot but the only thing I didn't like was that it told every little adventure they went on. Overall, it was a great suspenseful book that with each page you turned, you couldn't wait to read more.
JamesH7C More than 1 year ago
"A truly inspiring and wonderful story" Woodsong is a memoir by Gary Paulsen. This is a collection of stories about Gary's amazing adventures dogsleding and raising dogs to dogsled with. He starts out the book by telling you stories about dogs and his adventures sledding with them. Some of the stories that he talks about are amazing and others are heartbreaking. Then he introduces you about individual dogs and his relationships with them. Towards the end of the book he tells of his adventure on the Iditarod, the dogsled race across the Alaskan wilderness. I really liked this book and highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in dogsledding or an interest with dogs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A life as exiting as fiction! Gary Paulsen delights his fans with a new work of art, Woodsong. In Woodsong Paulsen sets out on a string of new adventures! From falling off a twenty-foot, frozen, waterfall, to running a 1,180 grueling Iditarod, he certainly has had an amazing life! Even hallucinating from lack of sleep does he manage to make it through the Iditarod. He learns from his trusty team of sled dogs the importance of trust and death. From the loss of his trusty dog Storm, he learned how even the best friends will leave. But, keeping memories he manages to make it through. Through his sled dogs, Paulsen learned much. One discovery Paulsen made was how dogs could be so much like humans. By that I mean their attitude. Paulsen had a dog named Storm and, before he died, he was a prankster. Once when Gary took off his hat to bend down and harness a new pup, he got up to find no hat. Later when he was in his sled again, Apart of his sled, acting as a hook, dug at least five inches into the snow, coming up with Gary's hat! Paulsen never suspected a thing! He examined closer in the area to try to find out what dog it was buried near. He found the hat, next to Storm! The Dog looked at him playfully. Paulsen never suspected a thing! This is one of many parts of Paulsen's life that his many fans love! This book was full of adventure, loyalty and suspense! Paulsen can really capture the image of life. The fans love it! His detailed style retells it as if you are in the middle of a grueling race at negative 50 and so on. You feel the pain when he falls off a frozen twenty-foot high waterfall and lands on a newly torn kneecap! The suspense when he encounters a "ghost" that is really just a tree stump that glowed because it sucked up phosphorus. This is a good book, I am a fiction lover and even I accepted it as a phenomenal non-fiction! Keep on writing, Gary Paulsen, and we'll keep reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was so emotional the dog storm almost blead to death but he would not stop running
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Gary Paulsen's dog-sledding experiences, especially his description of the Iditarod. Like him, many of the characters he writes about are alone in the wilderness. When you read this book, it is easy to see why he writes about characters learning about nature and surviving on their own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. I think it may be one of his best books yet because it is about his real life! If you like Gary Paulsen than you will be sure to like this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was fantastic. Gary Paulsen really amazed me when I read this book. This book really shows a descriptive part of nature. Gary really knows how to describe nature at its best. The way Gary writes will keep you glued to this book. I loved this book and would recommend it to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is one of the best books I've ever read! As good as Harry Poter!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our 6th grade class thought the book, Woodsong, was action packed with thrilling and truthful events. The book was hilarious and our class laughed outloud. We made a track showing all the stops and we made our own sled. We also did triva on the Iditarod. We rated this book five stars for its true story on Gary Paulsen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'd say that WOODSONG was a fantastic book. Gary Paulsen deserves two thumbs up. I just read it recently and found it hard to put down. Gary really describes everything very well, which makes it very interesting! I think that this book could really influence some kids to reach for their dreams1
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a very good and understanding. It didn't cofuse me. I could follow the storyline with all the events going on. I like how Gary described the dogs personalities. Each adventure is fun and amazing! This book is good for all ages!! Even though it might be short its still holds my attention. I like how Gary stays with the wilderness in all of his books!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is one of the best books I have ever read. The way Paulsen wrights it brings out the best in the woods, and dogs.
Mrdafunnybunny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it is fine but getting into it gets boring
bschroth04 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very slow i did not like it. I did not find it interesting because i didn't really know what the ididarod is.
bpinchot40 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I know of. I definitely recommend this!!
akingzett16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun nature book:) yet wierd:/
ALindelof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about the author Gary Paulsen when he lived in poverty. He raised a dog sled team and he has adventures with them in the wild.
Spetti18 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very heartwarming book about a man who lives his dogs. The plot was hard to follow. It was more of a guys book but i still enjoy stories about dogs.
MadisonB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good book. I liked how the second part of the book was just on the Iditarod race in Alaska. The only thing that I didn't like in this book was that some of the parts in the book were very gruesome.