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Gary Paulsen
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Born Gary James Paulsen
May 17, 1939 (1939-05-17) (age 81)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Period 1966–present
Genre Young adult fiction, adventure novels, nonfiction
Subject Adventure memoirs, sports
Notable works
Notable awards Margaret Edwards Award
Spouse Ruth Wright Paulsen
Children 3
Relatives Michael Paulsen, Paulette Paulsen, and Bill Paulsen


Gary James Paulsen (born May 17, 1939) is an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than 200 books and has written more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1997 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

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