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Author Gary Paulsen was born May 17 1939 in Minnesota During the first few years of his life he was raised by several relatives because his father was stationed in Europe during the Second World War His mother worked in a factory and he ran away from home at the age of 14 and travelled around with a carnival where he learned much about life After that period he moved back to Minnesota where he turned to the sport of dog racing But after some years he suffered an attack of angina and was forced to give up his dogs So he put all his energy in writing books and since 1985 he published more than 175 books The most popular are Hatchet Dogsong The Winter Room and also the whole Series about Brian Robeson whos also the protagonist of Hatchet Today Gary Paulsen is one of the most important writers of young adult literature and he won many prices with his novels His books frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association Main characters Brian RobesonHes a typical thirteen-year-old city boy who finds it extremely difficult to cope with the divorce of his parents Hes also not used to being alone until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness where he starts a new period of his life Brians MomBrian lives with her in New York during the whole year except of the summer holidays She cheated on Brians Dad and thats also the reason why his parents divorced Brians DadSince he separated from Brians Mom he works as an engineer in the Canadian oil fields where Brian wants to visit him Content The book is about a typical thirteen-year-old city boy with the name Brian Robeson His parents divorced few months ago and hes finding it very difficult to cope with that In addition to that his father now works in
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