May 17

Birthdays: Gary Paulsen (1939), Anna Jameson (1794), Grace Lin (1974), Peter Høeg(1957)

Gary James Paulsen (born May 17, 1939) is an American writer of young adult literature, best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than 200 books and has written more than 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1997 for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens.

Tip: An ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is assigned to each book by its publisher (if self-published, you are the publisher and should get an ISBN). The same book may have different ISBNs – one for each format: hard cover, paperback, ebook, audio book.

Thought for the day: “If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books. The book needs you.” – Gary Paulsen

Jumpstart: You’ve just gotten a job writing short sayings for fortune cookies. Write at least a dozen. Then, as a second job, you’re creating greeting cards… write ten of these (birthday, anniversary, etc.).

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