Much of Gary Paulsen's life has been lived close to the natural world. A three-time Newbery Honor winner, Paulsen writes adventure stories, such as Dogsong, Hatchet, and Woods Runner, where his young main characters struggle to survive in the natural world. Other stories touch on family visits to Minnesota, as in The Winter Room and Harris and Me, or science fiction, as in Time Hackers. Recently, Paulsen and his son, Jim, collaborated on two books involving a boy, his father, and their dogs. In 1997, Paulsen won the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime contribution to young adult literature.