Gary Paulsen

Soldier's Heart: Being the Story of the Enlistment and Due Service of the Boy Charley Goddard... Volunteers

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Gary Paulsen introduces readers to Charley Goddard in his latest novel, Soldier's Heart. Charley goes to war a boy, and returns a changed man, crippled by what he has seen. In this captivating tale Paulsen vividly shows readers the turmoil of war through one boy's eyes and one boy's heart, and gives a voice to all the anonymous young men who fought in the Civil War.

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1000L
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01:39

The River

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"We want you to do it again."

These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived.

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960L
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02:32
The River

Nightjohn

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Copies: 26

Sarny, a female slave at the Waller plantation, first sees Nightjohn when he is brought there with a rope around his neck, his body covered in scars.

He had escaped to freedom, but he cam back - came back to teach reading. Knowing that the penalty for reading is dismemberment, Nightjohn still returned to slavery to teach others how to read. And twelve-year-old Sarny s willing to risk to learn.

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770L
Nightjohn

Mr. Tucket

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Copies: 25

Fourteen-year-old Francis Tucket is heading west on the Oregon Trail with his family by wagon train. When he receives a rifle for his birthday, he is thrilled that he is being treated like an adult. But Francis lags behind to practice shooting and is captured by Pawnees. It will take wild horses, hostile tribes, and a mysterious one-armed mountain man named Mr. Grimes to help Francis become the man who will be called Mr. Tucket.

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830L
Mr. Tucket

Harris and Me

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This summer will be different. That's for sure. When an eleven-year-old city boy is dropped off to stay on a farm with relatives, he doesn't know what to expect. His cousin Harris soon takes care of that. Harris is rude and crude and finds trouble at every turn. He leads his city cousin into everything from wrestling slippery pigs to catching mice to a daredevil jump out of a barn loft. And that's not all. There are swimming and cowboy movies and enough good food to fill the boys up for days.

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1060L
Harris and Me

Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs (Unabridged)

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An experienced Iditarod racer, Gary Paulsen brings his love of the sport to readers on a personal level in this intimate essay about the life of a litter of pups born to pull sleds across the snowy frontier - and the marvel he experiences as he watches them grow and learn.

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1280L
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01:16
Puppies, Dogs, and Blue Northers: Reflections on Being Raised by a Pack of Sled Dogs (Unabridged)

The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True and Fictional Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in the West (Unabridged)

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Cowboy stories and movies about the Wild West are full of amazing characters. Yet many of the lawmen we think of as heroes were anything but - some were violent scoundrels and outlaws themselves. Among all the lawmen of the frontier, one man stands out as a true hero: Bass Reeves.

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950L
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03:56
The Legend of Bass Reeves: Being the True and Fictional Account of the Most Valiant Marshal in the West (Unabridged)

The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer (Unabridged)

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For a 16-year-old boy out in the world alone for the first time, every day is an education in the hard work and boredom of migrant labor; every day teaches him something more about friendship, or hunger, or profanity, or lust - always lust. He learns how a poker game, or hitching a ride, can turn deadly.

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1070L
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03:19
The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer (Unabridged)

Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed (Unabridged)

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As a punishment for lying, Kevin has lost his allowance. He doesn't lie now, but he's broke. He's got to find a way to make money. Lots of it, so he can impress Tina Zabinski, the World's Most Beautiful Girl, and ask her on a date. So Kevin gets creative - and his life becomes a financial comedy of errors. Does he really have what it takes to get filthy rich at age fourteen?

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810L
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01:59
Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed (Unabridged)

The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech (Unabridged)

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I should have seen it coming. A long time before it came I should have known. I was six or seven years old and there was a girl living next door named Peggy. She was a year older than me and a lot stronger and we were wrestling and she held me down....

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01:28
The Amazing Life of Birds: The Twenty-Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech (Unabridged)

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