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Title:
Dogsong
Author:
Paulsen, Gary.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Antheneum Books for Young Readers, [1985]

©1985
Physical Description:
177 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels at odds with aspects of modern life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself.
General Note:
"A Richard Jackson book."
Language:
English
Reading Level:
930 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.2 5.0 360.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.8 8 Quiz: 03196 Guided reading level: V.
ISBN:
9780689839603
Format :
Book

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Summary

In the Old Days There Were Songs
Something is bothering Russel Susskit. He hates waking up to the sound of his father's coughing, the smell of diesel oil, the noise of snow machines starting up.
Only Oogruk, the shaman who owns the last team of dogs in the village, understands Russel's longing for the old ways and the songs that celebrated them. But Oogruk cannot give Russel the answers he seeks; the old man can only prepare him for what he must do alone. Driven by a strange, powerful dream of a long-ago self and by a burning desire to find his own song, Russel takes Oogruk's dogs on an epic journey of self-discovery that will change his life forever.


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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Booklist Review

Growing up in a modern world, Eskimo youth Russell Susskit mourns the loss of his people's old ways and begins a dogsled pilgrimage of learning, testing, and rediscovery. (Ap 1 85)


Table of Contents

The Trancep. 1
The Dreamrunp. 75
Dogsongp. 165