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With the outbreak of war between the Union and the Confederacy in 1861, the Union army recruited soldiers throughout most of America,...

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Literary Qualities

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"This is partly a work of fiction. Charley Goddard really existed," Paulsen says at the end. What Paulsen does is build a work of fiction out...

(The entire section is 489 words.)

Social Sensitivity

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

The social problems caused by post-traumatic stress disorder have been well publicized in America since the end of the Vietnam War. Acts of...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Jones, J. Sydney. “Paulsen, Gary.” In Something About the Author, edited by Alan Hedblad. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2000.

Moore, John Noell. “Archetypes: The Monomyth in Dogsong.” In Interpreting Young Adult Literature. Portsmouth, N.H.: Boynton/Cook, 1997.

Paulsen, Gary. Father Water, Mother Woods: Essays on Fishing and Hunting in the North Woods. New York: Delacorte Press, 1994.

Paulsen, Gary. Guts: The True Stories Behind “Hatchet” and the Brian Books. New York: Delacorte Press, 2001.

Salvner, Gary. Presenting Gary Paulsen. Boston: Twayne, 1996.

Wood, Susan. “Bringing Us the Way to Know: The Novels of Gary Paulsen.” English Journal 90, no. 3 (January, 2001): 67-72.

Topics for Discussion

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Charley is terrified by his first experience of combat. Why does he go back out onto the same meadow to face the same enemy when he is...

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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Who were the First Minnesota Volunteers? Write a history of their service during the Civil War.

2. What was the First Battle...

(The entire section is 260 words.)

Related Titles / Adaptations

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Paulsen says that he wanted to write a biography of Sally Hemings, a slave who may have been Thomas Jefferson's mistress. He could not find...

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For Further Reference

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Review of Soldier's Heart. Booklist (January 1,1999): 782.

Buchholz, Rachel. "My Life's Work: Author." Boys'...

(The entire section is 399 words.)