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  • Title: Dogsong
  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • ISBN: 9780689827006
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the Old Days There Were Songs Something is bothering Russel Susskit He hates waking up to the sound of his father s coughing, the smell of diesel oil, the noise of snow machines starting up.Only Oogruk, the shaman who owns the last team of dogs in the village, understands Russel s longing for the old ways and the songs that celebrated them But Oogruk cannot give Russ In the Old Days There Were Songs Something is bothering Russel Susskit He hates waking up to the sound of his father s coughing, the smell of diesel oil, the noise of snow machines starting up.Only Oogruk, the shaman who owns the last team of dogs in the village, understands Russel s longing for the old ways and the songs that celebrated them But Oogruk cannot give Russel the answers he seeks the old man can only prepare him for what he must do alone Driven by a strange, powerful dream of a long ago self and by a burning desire to find his own song, Russel takes Oogruk s dogs on an epic journey of self discovery that will change his life forever.

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    1. With Gary Paulson's books, my relationship is a little strange. I either end up hating it completely or falling completely in love with it. This was one of those I fell completely in love with. The language is simple, so simple that one may mistake it as a story for children. I disagree. He weaves the words in such a way that once I shut the book I am left in a thoughtful mood, and filled with yearning. His descriptions evoke the most wonderful (or not so wonderful, depending on what it is) imag [...]

    2. WARNING: Contains Spoilers!!!1. Summarize your story: who, what, when, where, why howDogsong by Gary Paulson is a story of Russel, 14 years old Eskimo going on the journey to become a man. The story is divided into 3 big parts. The first part is about Russel feeling unhappy about his life and going to see a blind old man called 'Oogruk'. There he learns that people in old days had songs for every life and decides to go on his journey to find his own song.Part two is about Russel's journey. This [...]

    3. In 1985, Gary Paulsen brought his passion for dogsledding to his career as a novelist, and his popularity rose to levels he'd never known in almost two decades of writing. Dogsong was cited for a Newbery Honor, and Gary Paulsen's acclaim continued to grow after that. He had found his audience, and we've been grateful ever since. Paulsen transports us to Alaska in Dogsong, a story of a culture changed by outsiders into something unrecognizable to those who knew its glory days. By the time fourtee [...]

    4. I really did not like this book. I thought it was slow and there was not enough action. I would not really recommend this book to anyone because it was boring and was not worth reading. Also it was not worded very well.

    5. "Dogsong", by Gary Paulsen, is a marvelous read. Russel Susskit, a 14 year old boy, lives in a village in Alaska. His father, hasn't been very smart with his life. He has made terrible health decisions, leaving Russel looking for answers. Russel visits the village elder, Oogruk. Oogruk is extremely wise, and asks of something from him. Russel is sent on a wild, breathtaking ride. It includes Oogruk’s dogs, sled dogs to be exact. And Russel must use them to travel up North to look for clues and [...]

    6. My oldest granddaughter, she is ten, traveled to Alaska with me this summer. Her Papa works here and we will be spending two months with him. We have a lot of time on our hands and with no T.V. or internet access at our summer home, reading has become a huge happy pastime for both of us. I read Dogsong to Iris and we both were so in love with this book. It is like reading a 170 page lyrical poem. The writing is almost rhythmic and flows in a way that makes you feel like you are floating along wi [...]

    7. I really enjoyed this book. It's about a young Eskimo boy who runs with a dog sled into the wilderness to find himself. Gary Paulsen has a lot of experience with dogs and writes with such detail that you feel like you're there. I've read many other Gary Paulsen books and would reccomend them to anyone. His books can make a person enjoy reading. The reason I chose this book is because as said before I've read many other books by Gary Paulsen. I've always enjoyed books about nature and survival so [...]

    8. Dogsong is a fiction book by Gary Paulsen, it is about Russel who is a young teen who can't find himself. He feels lost with his life so he goes to this old guys house for help. The old mans name is Oogruk. Oogruk is a wise old fellow who lives close to Russel in their Eskimo village. Dogsong was published in 1985 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. Simon & Schuster, Inc was founded in New York, has published about 2,000 titles, and is one of the four biggest U.S. publishers. Russel tells his dad [...]

    9. One day in Alaska a boy named Russel went on a run. Russel is a young boy that is very independent. On his run he was trying to find food for his village. He didn't find anything to kill so he went to a friends house. His friend had stuff to eat. His friend wanted deer eyes to eat so he went out and got him some. His friend loves deer eyes. His friend has some sled dogs so he asked Oogruk if he could take the dogs out. Oogruk said yes so Russel took them out, and kept heading north so when he go [...]

    10. PAULSEN CATEGORYRussell is 14 and restless. Restless for what he does not know. One morning, as Russell warms their breakfast of Caribou meat his father acknowledges Russell’s dissatisfaction and suggests he pay a visit to the Eskimo village’s shaman, Oogruk. Russell goes and realizes as he listens and learns from the old man that his restlessness is a hunger for the old ways, and traditions of his people. At the encouragement of Oogruk, and with only an ancestral dogsled and a strong and lo [...]

    11. Dogsong was a very good eye opening book from the view of the eskimo prospective.This book is about a young boy that doesn't know what to do with his life and needs help. His father tells him to go talk to an old man in the village they live in that has been around a very long time and knows a lot of things he can share with him to try and help him find what needs to happen. My favorite quote from this book is "Would you like some deer eyes now or later?" The old man said that talking to the boy [...]

    12. This story seems pretty simple on the surface: an Eskimo boy takes five dogs and a sled and finds himself with the old ways. However, the social commentary that exists in this novel speaks out for the new generation to remember who they are and their culture. This book can be relative to other readers of multicultural backgrounds. Despite the fact that this book was set in Alaska and the protagonist was an Eskimo boy, I really felt a connection to the theme and messages of this novel. Growing up [...]

    13. Fourteen-year-old Russell Susskit is an Eskimo living in an old village where most of the Eskimos have adopted the white man’s way of living and forgotten the Eskimo traditions and way of life. Russell wants to live the old ways of the Eskimos and goes to live with an old shaman, Oogruk, to learn the old ways. He learns how to hunt in the old ways with a dog sled team and hand-made weapons and how to survive in the Arctic wilderness. Russell must now go on a journey alone to learn about himsel [...]

    14. This is the wonderful tale of a boy who follows his dream which were inspired by an old man he admires. Russel Susskit dares to follow a strange, powerful dream of his long-ago self to find his own song in an effort to better understand the old ways and the songs that describe them of his people. It's a great story. This book won garnered much recognition: Newbery Honor Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Notable Book, a School Library Book of the Year, a New York Public Library Book [...]

    15. I've been wanting to pick up this book since I read Paulsen's nonfiction account of running dogs, Winterdance. I found the first half a little heavy-handed, even for YA fare, but sank deeply into story and rhythm the second part in a way I haven't fallen into a book in a long time. In the end, the power of the story overcame the unfortunate tendency (of so many books)to assume and even preach the superiority of everything old and indigenous and lost. I don't know if I would have been as enthrall [...]

    16. I found this one in a stack of books I received from my Aunt's classroom. At first, I couldn't believe 10-11 year old children should read about the harsh and raw lifestyle of an eskimo boy; however, the book is rich in detail about native american customs. It is brilliant coming of age tale. Also, the boy learns of the circular nature of life because animals give their lives to feed man and man returns gratitude to the animals so their spirits will return the next season. He also dreams in a ci [...]

    17. A much needed book for boys today. It is rough and raw, a survival story which is so characteristic of Paulsen. A coming-of -age story, but more than that; it is the story of a boy that makes the passage to manhood. Russel Susskit begins as an eskimo boy, living with his sick father on the government reservation and ends as a man, living on his own, surviving by the "old ways." His passage involves the hunt, running dogs, and a journey where he finally finds his song, his meaning and place in th [...]

    18. This is an Eskimo coming of age story, filled with the dramas of an adventure through the frozen north. A tale written simply enough for young readers, but filed with enough substance for adult readers. In some ways reminiscent of stories by Jack London. A great read for those who enjoy a good Arctic adventure, truly deserving of it's award wins.

    19. I just finished reading this book with my kids as the culmination of our Innuit unit. It was wonderful. There is not one misstep in this beautifully written novel. I found the voice to be perfect, as primal as the main character's urge to return to the ways of his ancestors. Paulsen's cultural details were impecable and his execution of setting meticulous.

    20. The is a book for elementary students ~ and there are many lessons to be learned (even if they don't realize it!).It is a coming of age story addressing how and what can be learned from a simpler way of life ~ learning from the wise of the older generations. Something we can all appreciate. Understanding the cultures of others is especially important in today's world.

    21. I don't know if it was because I was forced to read this book for english class but I really did not like it at all. I got bored in so many places that I almost fell asleep. This really was not my kind of book.

    22. This book was really weird and boring and dind of hard to understand because he was trying to imitate the way they speak. No one should read this book unless they want to be bored to death.

    23. A couple days ago, I finished the fiction book called, Dog Song by Gary Paulsen. Gary Paulsen has won a ton of awards including his most famous one the John Newbery Medal. He has also written many books like Hatchet and Woodsong. In the book Dog Song, four-teen year old named Russel Susskit. The fourteen-year-old lives with his father in a small house that the government built for him. Russel has a strong anxiety about loud sounds and everything that smells like gasoline. His dad realizes it and [...]

    24. Dogsong is about a fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy named Russel Susskit who lives with his father. His mother left his father so it is just the two of them. They live in a small house built by the government. His father follows Jesus because he has lots of anxiety. He also smokes a lot. His father notices how Russel doesn't follow Jesus so he sends him to a blind old man named Oogruk who lives in a small town. Oogruk tells Russel about how the before the missionaries came and talked to people about [...]

    25. My personal thoughts for Dogsong by Gary Paulsen, for starters, are that this book was very fun to read, and I hope, if there isn't already, a sequel will exist for this book. Our story starts out with a troubled Russel Susskit, a teenager who doesn’t like all the fancy-shmancy modern things in his village, like snowmobiles or actually having to cook food. See, he wants it to go back to the way it was, when all these modern things weren’t around. Since his father doesn’t have the ability t [...]

    26. This book is about an Eskimo boy named Russel Suskitt. Russel lived with a wise  old man named Oogruk. Everyone in the village respected Oogruk's experience and expertise. Russel took Oogruk's dogs and sleds, and set out of the snowy,cold village in search of his song. He became one with his dogs and had a dream that actually folded out to be his life. On the way he found a pregnant Eskimo girl that he felt he needed to rescue by killing a bear in the "ancient way learned in the dream [...]

    27. I read this book and let me just say that if there was an option to give zero stars, then I definitely would. The book is impossible to understand and promotes Amish like ideas. After I read the book I went to Alaska and found out that most of the information about the dogs in the novel that Gary Paulsen had given was completely incorrect. I would recommend this book to nobody and I wonder why so many people like it.

    28. I usually love Gary Paulsen, and this one IS a good bookI just had a much harder time getting into this one. The main character ends up on a dogsled alone in the wilderness on purpose. a parent, I kept thinking about his poor father wondering what happened to him.

    29. Dogsong is a story about a boy living in Alaska who is taking a hunting journey, using the old way of hunting as his great ancestors did. His bond with his sled dogs grows and he becomes almost one of them, being alone for almost the entirety.

    30. It was quite interesting, but it didn't make sense to me. I have no idea what to think of it, of the dreams, of the two Russels but I liked the dogs!!

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