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Soldier's Heart

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Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen
Mass Market Paperback $7.99
Sep 12, 2000 | ISBN 9780440228387

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"A stark, utterly persuasive novel of combat life in the Civil War that may well challenge generations of middle-school readers."–The New York Times

"Paulsen’s storytelling is so psychologically true that readers will feel they have lived through Charley’s experience."–Publishers Weekly, Starred

"The nightmare of the Civil War comes to the pages in this novel from Paulsen . . . based on the real-life experiences of a young enlistee."–Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

"The novel’s spare, simple language and vivid visual images of brutality and death on the battlefield make it accessible and memorable to young people."–Booklist, Starred


ALA Best Books for Young Adults WINNER 2000

ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers WINNER 2000

Massachusetts Children’s Book Master List WINNER 2001

Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of the Year WINNER 2000

Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List WINNER 2000

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award NOMINEE 2003

Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award NOMINEE 1999

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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.

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