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CANCELED: Gary Paulsen, How to Train Your Dad

Thursday, October 7, 2021 - 6:00pm

Regrettably, due to unforseen circumstances, our event with Gary Paulsen has been canceled. We hope to be able to reschedule it for a future date. Thank you.

Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome acclaimed and bestselling author Gary Paulsen (Hatchet) for a virtual event celebrating his new middle grade novel, How to Train Your Dad. Paulsen will be in conversation with writer Dan Gemeinhart (The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise).

From the legendary author of Hatchet, a laugh-out-loud eco-friendly adventure about a boy, his free-thinking dad, and the puppy-training pamphlet that turns their summer upside down.

Twelve-year-old Carl is fed up with his father's single-minded pursuit of an off-the-grid existence. His dad may be brilliant, but dumpster-diving for food, scouring through trash for salvageable junk, and wearing clothes fully sourced from garage sales is getting old. Increasingly worried about what schoolmates and a certain girl at his new school might think of his circumstances--and encouraged by his off-kilter best friend--Carl adopts the principles set forth in a randomly discovered puppy-training pamphlet to "retrain" his dad's mindset . . . a crackpot experiment that produces some very unintentional results.

This is a fierce and funny novel about family, green-living, and untangling some of the ties that bind from middle-grade master Gary Paulsen.

Gary Paulsen is the winner of the ALA Margaret Edwards Award for his contribution to young adult literature, and is a three-time Newbery Honor winner, for Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room. His books have sold more than 35 million copies. He lives in New Mexico.

Dan Gemeinhart is a former elementary-school teacher-librarian and lifelong book nerd. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a small town in Washington State. He's the author of some other books, too: The Honest TruthSome Kind of CourageScar IslandGood Dog, and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise. If he ever meets you, he'd love to talk about books with you.

How to Train Your Dad By Gary Paulsen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374314170
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - October 5th, 2021

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise By Dan Gemeinhart Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250233615
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - July 21st, 2020