Sometimes when I finish a book that connects perfectly, I sit hugging it to my heart, thinking, “Oh… wow… wonderful.” I reflect on where the book has taken me and what stands out. There was so much here – one detail, triggered the next, and on and on. I wrote them down. I recalled singing in bars, the train ride, the car-truck ride, the geese, fishing, picking mushrooms, perfect food, the love of Sig, the practicality of Edy, the voyage, the gunfire, the bodies, the rats, the loneliness, the library, the notebook, and enlisting.
Reading Gone to the Woods – Surviving a Lost Childhood is a gift. What an amazing book. What an incredible story. What an inspiring life. Gary Paulsen throws out a lifeline to readers through this book. The honesty of his words, and the precise clarity of the moments he chose to share, creates an indelible record for readers to find, study and grow from.
This story shows hope exists in the bleakest times. It shows change and possibility waiting to be found. And it reminds us that all stories matter and need to be told.
Matt reviewed Hatchet in 2012. He finished his review saying he thought readers would agree that Hatchet was a “timeless classic.” It is. I hope readers find their way to Gary Paulsen over and over again. His story is inspiring. His writing is inspiring as well. We can all do important things – even if it is just to resist.
Happy Reading! 📚
I’ve connected the trailer to the book here so you can hear Gary Paulsen’s voice.