Gary Paulsen dedicates his book to YOU!!!

Last year Mrs Buell won the opportunity  to choose the name of a character in a book by Gary Paulsen. Students  voted and chose the name  JC , to honor the memory of our beloved former chef JC Silva,  and  Mrs Buell  chose the surname Tucker to honor her mother.  At the end of the school year we learned that, not only  had Gary Paulsen included a character named  JC Tucker in his book, but that he’d also included a character named Betsy Putnam ( Mrs Buell’s  maiden name)  and dedicated the book to everyone involved in this wonderful story! 

The new book, Crush, hasn’t been published yet, but you may well have seen it poking out of school  backpacks  because   Gary Paulsen’s publisher Wendy Lamb sent us a box of Advance Reader Copies  so that  St Philip’s students  could be among the first people in the whole wide world to read it!!!!  She also sent a  picture of the cover art and the dedication page which reads : This book is dedicated to my friends at

Gilda’s Club


St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, N.J.


Betsy Buell,

Who brought us all together.