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This Side of Wild, was a great book because it showed me how lucky we are to have all types of animals in our lives. Paulsen clearly illustrates the connection we have with the natural world by explaining in great detail his triumphs and misadventures while trekking through wilderness and meeting new people.
"Beauty behind me, beauty before me, beauty to my left, beauty to my right. All around me is beauty."
This Side Of Wild has 120 pages, it's age range spans from 8 to12, and its lexile level is 1210— Rhi- age 12
Longlisted for the National Book Award
The Newbery Honor–winning author of Hatchet and Dogsong shares surprising true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their compassion, intellect, intuition, and sense of adventure.
Gary Paulsen is an adventurer who competed in two Iditarods, survived the Minnesota wilderness, and climbed the Bighorns. None of this would have been possible without his truest companion: his animals. Sled dogs rescued him in Alaska, a sickened poodle guarded his well-being, and a horse led him across a desert. Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom.
His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.
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.
"An absorbing read for animal lovers of any age."
— Publishers Weekly
"Older middle graders and younger teens,especially those who love dogs, will come away with a variety of emotions about wildlife—curiosity, respect, and awe—after reading this funny and perceptive work."
— School Library Journal