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Gary Paulsen is a successful graduate of the college of hard knocks. From a young age, he was fending for himself, working odd jobs and camping out in the woods alone for months at a time. He has run the Iditarod (the famously grueling, 1,049-mile Alaskan sled-dog race) three times, trained horses at New Mexico, sailed around the Pacific at a beat-up sailboat, also dwelt in some of the harshest environments in the world. Oh, and college definitely wasn't his thing: he flunked from ninth grade,......Read More
Did you know that in The Hound of the Baskervilles, world-famous detective Sherlock Holmes is a zombie? It's true. In a manner of speaking. As we mention in our "In a Nutshell" section for The Return of Sherlock Holmes, writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (spoiler alert!) Kills off his famous detective in the conclusion of the short story "The Final Problem," published in 1894. We may all love Sherlock Holmes, the classic Victorian gentleman detective who uses his colorful observations to reason......Read More
While sleeping close to a sycamore tree at the sacristy of an abandoned church, Santiago, a shepherd boy, has a recurring fantasy about a kid who informs him that he'll come across a hidden treasure if he travels to the Egyptian pyramids. An old lady tells Santiago that this fantasy is prophetic and that he should follow its instructions. Santiago is unclear, however, because he loves the life span of a shepherd. Next Santiago meets a mysterious older man who seems able to read his thoughts. He......Read More
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