October 15, 2021

Gary Paulsen, author of many young adult adventure stories, dies at age 82

Oct 15 2021 Gary Paulsen, the American author of young adult fiction who taught millions of children wilderness skills through novels such as Hatchet, Dogsong and The Winter Room, has died at the age of 82. His publisher said on Thursday his death was “sudden” but did not specify a cause. Paulsen wrote more than 200 books during his lifetime, and was renowned for introducing generations of young readers to survivalist literature. According to his publisher, there are 35m copies of his books in print and he has won three Newbery Honors. Hatchet, his tale of a 13-year-old boy left...

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School District Tells Teachers to Balance Books On Holocaust With “Opposing” Views

Gina Peddy, the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction of Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, was recorded in a training session advising teachers to “make sure that if you have a book on the Holocaust [in a classroom library], that you have one that has an opposing, that has other perspectives.” This isn’t a story about one official’s off-the-wall comments, though. Instead, it’s about a state struggling to deal with a vague, ominous law that restricts which kinds of books are allowed in classrooms. It’s part of the latest push to ban “Critical Race Theory” in schools, which...

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