Talk about being ahead of the curve: Paulsen wrote this a full two years before the world economy collapsed. The boy comes from a loving family but his folks are busy, like many parents today.
He is the author of more than books and has written more than magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.
Gary did not meet his father until he was seven years old. He spent time throughout his childhood with his grandmother, aunts and various other relatives. He then returned to Minnesota. At the age of 14, Gary ran away and went to a sugar beet farm.
The book, which is written in first person, begins when Paulsen was seven, living in Chicago with his mother.
Paulsen described several traumatic occurrences that transpired during the three years that are chronicled by the book. For example, one day while his mother was napping, Gary sneaked outside to play. There a vagrant snatched him and apparently attempted to molest him, but his mother suddenly appeared on the scene and beat the man to death.
Paulsen reported his mother's many adulterous affairs in Eastern Sun, suggesting that the man he called "father" was not really his biological father.
He also discussed his mother's alcoholism. He told how she would bring him to a bar and had him sing for his supper, even though she had an income from her work in an ammunition factory, and he felt there was no need for this.
When World War II ended, Gary's father sent for him and his mother to come join him in the Philippineswhere he was stationed.
A great part of the book is dedicated to the voyage by naval vessel to the Philippines. During the trip, Gary witnessed a plane crash. His mother, the only woman aboard, helped the corpsman care for the surviving victims. After arriving in Hawaiiaccording to Paulsen, his mother began an affair with the ship's corpsman.
He quickly realized that he would not have a close relationship with the man whom he felt he did not resemble nor relate to, who never referred to him as anything except "the boy" and who, like Gary's mother, was an alcoholic.
Gary's family had two servants while they lived on the army base in Manila, a man named Rom, and a woman named Maria.
Gary shared a room with Maria and before long, the woman, who had endured multiple rapes at the hands of the formally occupying Japanese, began to molest Gary. He claimed in the book that this happened quite often, nearly every night, until he left Manila.
While living in Manila, Gary's parents continued to drink heavily. His mother also continued to have affairs. The accounts in Eastern Sun ended when Gary and his mother left Manila. Bits and pieces of Gary's adolescence can be pieced together in Guts: In that book, Paulsen discussed the ways in which he survived between the ages of twelve and fourteen back in Minnesota.
He barely mentioned his parents except to say that they were too busy being drunk to stock the refrigerator.Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong.
He won the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the American Library Association for his lifetime achievement in young adult literature. When a year-old boy received an old lawn mower from his grandma for his 12th birthday, he decided to earn some cash by mowing lawns.
One client, Arnold the stockbroker, invested some of his money and before he knew it his business and cash flow grew and grew. Nov 15, · Lawn Boy Audiobook by Gary Paulsen Audiobooks Library Gary Paulsen's comic story about a summer job becomes a slapstick lesson in business as .
By: Gary Paulsen " Lawn Boy" turns out to be a twelve-year-old boy, just looking for something to do over the summer after receiving an odd birthday present. A great social studies lesson in economics, as he begins his own lawn mowing business, which takes him on a summer adventure he never expected.
by Gary Paulsen Gr. 4—7 96 pages Wendy Lamb Books, and e-book Lawn Boy, unlike most of Paulson’s other books, is very funny, and is probably the only children’s novel that can explain the fragile nature of the U.S.
economy. Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are The Legend of Bass Reeves, Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day, The Time Hackers, and The Amazing Life of Birds. He lives in New Mexico and Alaska.