Gary Paulsen was interested in as a teenager for writing. To escape the cold Minnesota winters, he went to read regularly in libraries. The reading also helped him at the same time to cope with his difficult family situation, as both his parents were alcoholics. He was raised by his grandparents. He began his writing skills to improve by initially corrected magazines. In 1966 his first book was published.
Gary Paulsen took in 1983 and 1985, the longest sled dog race in the world, the Iditarod, part and recorded his experiences in a 1994 book, so the race was known internationally. The book served as a template for the 2001 Disney movie Snow Dogs (Eng. Snow Dogs - Eight heroes on four paws ). He lives with his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen in New Mexico and has a son with her named James Paulsen.
He has written more than 200 books, many short stories and some pieces that are all primarily for young people. Paulsen has received for his books several times the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious children's literature prize of the United States, awarded for the first time going on a trip for Dogsong, the story of an Eskimo boy by sled dog.
- Alone in the Wilderness ("The Hatchet "). Carlsen, Hamburg 1995, ISBN 3-551-35562-2.
- Alone in the Wilderness ("The Hatchet "). Special edition. Carlsen, ISBN 978-3-551-31012-5.
- Blue light ("The transall saga" ). Carlsen, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 3-551-35439-1.
- Brian's Winter ( " Brian's winter" ). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1999, ISBN 3-596-80290-3.
- The camp ("The camp cook "). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 2000, ISBN 3-596-80130-3.
- The River ( continuation of Alone in the wilderness, GV " The river "). Carlsen, Hamburg 1997, ISBN 3-551-35345- X.
- Foxman ("The foxman "). Carlsen, Hamburg 2001, ISBN 3-551-55261-4.
- Freedom without limits. With the Harley by the United States ( " Zero to sixty "). Piper, Munich, 2001, ISBN 3-492-23306-6.
- The secret of Red Horse. Two adventure stories ( "The legend of Red Horse Cavern "). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 2000, ISBN 3-596-80267-9.
- Iditarod. The toughest sled dog race in the world ( " Winter Dance "). Piper, Munich 2000, ISBN 3-492-22910-7.
- Song of the wilderness ( " Wood Song"). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1999, ISBN 3-596-80022-6.
- My friend Harold ("The Schernoff Discoveries" ). Carlsen, Hamburg 2002, ISBN 3-551-35183- X.
- Night above the sea. An adventurous journey ( " The voyage of the frog" ). Carlsen, Hamburg 1998, ISBN 3-551-58020-0.
- Puffmaistage and Buttermilk Nights ( "Popcorn days and buttermilk nights" ). Dressler, Hamburg 1986, ISBN 3-7915-1644-2.
- A Christmas Carol ( "A Christmas sonata" ). Carlsen, Hamburg 2005, ISBN 978-3-551-55418-5.
- In winter room ( "The winter room" ). Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1999, ISBN 3-596-85016-9.
- Back in the wilderness ( " Brian's return" ). Carlsen, Hamburg 2000, ISBN 3-551-58060- X.
- Dangerous holidays. Ravensburger Verlag 2005, ISBN 3-7817-1887-5