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Gary Paulsen, author of ‘Hatchet,’ more coming-of-age wilderness stories, dies ‘suddenly’ at 82

Gary Paulsen, the children’s author best known for “Hatchet” and other coming-of-age stories set in the wilderness, has died at age 82. Paulsen died “suddenly” Wednesday, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group representative Molly B. Ellis confirmed to USA TODAY. “It was Paulsen’s overwhelming belief in young people that drove him to write,” read a remembrance provided […]