Dogsledding alone in the brutally cold Alaskan wilderness is a challenge Gary
Paulsen himself has experienced. He took part in the 1,000-plus-mile Iditarod
races in 1983 and in 1985, the year he published Dogsong. Paulsen's
strong sense of adventure flows into his writings, which focus on people who
make personal discovereies while struggling to survive in the great outdoors.
A native of Minnesota, Paulsen received Newbery honors for Dogsong, The
Winter Room, and Hatchet.