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Title:
Zero to sixty : the motorcycle journey of a lifetime
Author:
Paulsen, Gary.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Harvest edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace & Co., 1999.

©1997
Physical Description:
179 pages : maps ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A Harvest book"-- T.p.

Maps on endpapers.

"Originally published as Pilgrimage on a steel ride"-- p. [4] of cover.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1270 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.3 6.0 80963.
ISBN:
9780156007047
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Nearing sixty, diagnosed with heart disease and feeling his mortality, Gary Paulsen buys his first Harley-Davidson and rides from his home in New Mexico to Alaska-and from the present into his past, through the landmarks of a singular life. Paulsen's journey is peopled with familiar faces, from the tough cop who saved him from juvenile delinquency to the prostitute whose career advice stopped him from quitting the army. And the work he does while on his bike-the work of mapping his life to find meaning-is of a piece with the pure sweat and muscle of youthful days spent on farms in Minnesota, or at the bottom of septic tank pits in Colorado, or wrangling dogsleds through the Alaskan wilderness. Amid the silence and beauty of running the road on his Harley, Paulsen celebrates the comforts of hard work, the thrill of challenge met bravely, and the peculiar joys of life lived to its fullest.


Author Notes

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. He was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California when he realized he wanted to be a writer. He left his job and spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader. His first book, Special War, was published in 1966. He has written more than 175 books for young adults including Brian's Winter, Winterkill, Harris and Me, Woodsong, Winterdance, The Transall Saga, Soldier's Heart, This Side of Wild, and Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books. Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room are Newbery Honor Books. He was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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