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Gary Paulsen, How to Train Your Dad

October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT


Bookshop Santa Cruz is delighted to welcome acclaimed and bestselling author Gary Paulsen for a virtual event celebrating his new middle grade novel, How to Train Your Dad.

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The featured book will be published on October 5th and is available for preorder below.

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 HatchetDogsong, and The Winter Room. His books have sold more than 35 million copies. He lives in New Mexico.


October 7, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT
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