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Praise

Nightjohn should be required reading (and discussing) for all middle grade and high school students.”
School Library Journal, Starred

“Among the most powerful of Paulsen’s works, this impeccable researched novel sheds light on cruel truths in American history as it traces the experiences of a 12-year-old slave girl in the 1850s.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred

“Paulsen is at his best here.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred

An ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults

Awards

ALA Best Books for Young Adults WINNER 1994

Indiana Young Hoosier Award WINNER 1997

Maine Student Book Master List WINNER 1994

Texas Lone Star Reading List WINNER 1995

Author Q&A

author fun facts

Born:
May 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Previous jobs: Farm hand, ranch hand, truck driver, sailor, dogsled racer, teacher, field engineer, editor, soldier, actor, director, trapper, professional archer, migrant farm worker, singer


Hobbies: Sailing, collecting and riding Harley Davidsons; twice ran the Iditarod, the challenging 1,000 mile dogsled race across Alaska


Inspiration for writing: After a librarian gave him a book to read–along with his own library card–Gary was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.


From the Hardcover edition.

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