The Winter Room

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The Winter Room
Paulsen - The Winter Room Coverart.jpg
Author Gary Paulsen
Country United States
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Scholastic Books, 1989[1]
Media type Hardcover and Paperback
Pages 103
Awards Newbery Honor Book, 1990[2]

The Winter Room is a short novel by Newbery Honor Award-winning author Gary Paulsen. It is a realistic Fiction story about logging and farming, narrated in the first person to two boys by their Norwegian uncle in the "winter room" of a farm in northern Minnesota (U.S.). Like many of his works, it evokes a harsh rural environment using vivid imagery, and has elements of a coming of age tale.


According to Hurst,[3] it is a "brief, intense novel with incredible descriptive scenes" (n.d.), and Schmitz rates it as one of Paulsen's best.[4] Publishers Weekly found "Newbery Award-winner Paulsen never disappoints, and proves his talent again in this remarkably good tale"[5]

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  1. ^ "The Winter Room". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". Association for Library Service to Children. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Hurst, Carol. "The Winter Room". Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site. BooksInTheClassroom. 
  4. ^ Schmitz, James A. (Fall 1994). "Gary Paulson: A Writer of His Time". The Alan Review. 22 (1). Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Winter Room". PWxyz LLC. Retrieved 13 August 2015.