Fishbone's Song

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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6.1 X 8.7 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

Gary Paulsen (1931-2021) was one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He wrote over 100 books for adults and young readers.


""Fishbone's Song" knocked me for a loop. The book seemed to read itself to me. The voice, the language, the amazing storytelling - wrapped in a gritty, yet lyrical package lulled me into forgetting that this was a well-crafted book by a master author. It was so organic, it seemed to have been dreamed or lived or both - more than an intentional work of artistry.
Its wisdom and story/song guide for living put me in mind of "A Single Shard," "Big Fish," and "Way of the Peaceful Warrior."
The best of literature is transformative and "Fishbone's Song" has the alchemist's magic that has left this reader's heart a bit wiser and braver and more present."--Judith Rovenger, Children s Literature Consultant"
""Fishbone's Song" is magnificent. In some ways, it reminds me a bit of "Dogsong" and "The Winter Room." It is not that the story is familiar, but Paulsen combines the incredible artistry of language of "The Winter Room" with the music of language of "Dogsong." But it is more, of course. It is the master author branching out, much like a spider, weaving the web, new designs, thoughtful planning. Then, readers are ensnared, wrapped in layers of that silky thread, held motionless by the story.
Simply, this is a masterpiece from a master storyteller. I had to read it slowly, in pieces, when everything was quiet. In some ways, the, I am much like that boy of Fishbone's, learning to see things, to understand things, feel things for myself."--Dr. Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University