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A deer in his canoe, a bear attack, a leg stabbed with an arrowhead--it's just another week in the life of 16-year-old Brian Robeson. In his opinion, this beats a date at Mackey's Pizza Den, a fight with a bully, and a video game at the mall any day. After having survived a plane crash and 54 days in the Canadian wilderness several years earlier, Brian can't seem to fit into "civilization." The world of high school and family life makes no sense anymore. So Brian begins to plan. It's time to return to the woods. This time, though, he makes no plans to come back home.
Gary Paulsen, the popular author of many critically acclaimed books for young people and winner of the 1997 Margaret A. Edward Award, has written another sequel to the Newbery Honor Book Hatchet. (The River and Brian's Winter were earlier sequels.) Paulsen's graphic and detailed descriptions of Brian's adventures demonstrate a deep familiarity and connection to the wilderness; and in fact the author has spent much of his life in the bush, living almost entirely off the land. Brian's experiences in nature parallel his growing independence and maturity; readers who don't feel like they "fit in" will easily relate to the young protagonist's search for identity and purity. (Ages 11 and older) --Emilie Coulter
The appearance of yet another sequel to Hatchet may raise a few eyebrows, but Paulsen delivers a vigorous, stirring story that stands on its own merits. Whereas the previous continuations, The River and Brian's Winter, essentially offer more of the same survivalist thrills that have made Hatchet so popular, this novel goes further, posing a more profound question: How does someone go from living on the edge to polite membership in ordinary society? (Paulsen addresses the same theme, albeit more grimly, in his Civil War novel Soldier's Heart.) Here, Brian has returned to his mother's house and can barely reconcile the seemingly arbitrary demands of high school with the life-or-death challenges he surmounted during his months alone in the wilderness. With the aid of a counselor, Brian formulates what had been an almost instinctual, unacknowledged plan to revisit the bush, and this solo trip, not his interlude with his mother, marks the true "return" of the title. The few cliff-hangers are almost beside the point: the great adventure here is the embrace of the wild, the knowledge of life at its most elemental. Aside from its occasional use of YA conventions (e.g., the preternaturally sensitive counselor; jejune rhapsodies over the relevance of Shakespeare), this work is bold, confident and persuasive, its transcendental themes powerfully seductive. Ages 12-up.
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Bought this series of books for my grandson because Hatchet was the one and only book my son enjoyed reading when he was in school.Published 8 months ago by Marming
This book follows Brian into the wilderness. This time, he is choosing to go back there. He realizes that he doesn't fit in at school and needs to find himself in the wild. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sharon Rose
My son love any book written by this author and if he keeps writing books I am going to go broke! Highly recommend them for older children and teens.Published on April 9 2010 by Amazon Customer
AFTER BEING LOST IN THE WOODS, BRIAN DOESN'T FEEL LIKE HE FITS IN ANYMORE, WITH ANYONE. HE ENJOYED THE WOODS AND PLANS A TRIP BACK FOR GOOD. I FOUND I HAD TO CONTINUE READING. Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Bonnie Lucas
Brian's Return is about a boy named Brian that in the past was stuck in the wilderness for a long time alone (if you didn't know that read Hatchet. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003
The fight scene is informative as to how the atitude of having to kill for survival can bleed over into inapropriate areas. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by David Brown
Gary has pulled off yet another one! Brians return is an overall great read for a rainey day. It is when brian gets saved befor the winter and is shipped back to his home town in... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2003 by DULA
This is a very good book. Some may not have thought so but i did. And i have a few reasons to back it up. first of all if you like adventure books this is the book for you. Read morePublished on May 6 2003