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Brian's Return [Hardcover]

Gary Paulsen
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Jan. 12 1999
As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges. But now that's he's back in civilization, he can't find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North. The only answer is to return-to "go back in"-for only in the wilderness can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs.

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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

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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.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars a tale of adventure and independence May 26 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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. It helps kids to see that they can choose to leave the crowd and find their own way in life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book April 9 2010
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars every kid should read this book May 20 2004
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great But Not Best Nov. 11 2003
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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.) He diecides to go back after seeing an ex-cop, Caleb for counseling after an fight with a football jock. Before departing, he finds out the pilot can only take him so far and he'll have to canoe the rest of the way. Without telling his mom about this detail he starts preparing.
I think it's a great book for learning how to survive in the wilderness, but it's a good book for someone without a care in the world also. I didn't like the fact that there wasn't many characters in the book. The beginning is kinda boring until you get into the second chapter, but hang on to it. After that it gets better and better until the end. I wish it wouldn't have let off as if Gary Paulsen had to make a deadline. I wish he would make a followup to tell us what's next. But don't take my word for it, read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mysticism beyond survival Nov. 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The fight scene is informative as to how the atitude of having to kill for survival can bleed over into inapropriate areas. The List of equipment Brian takes back into the wild is usefull. How he describes both the beauty of the woods as well as his restlessness in the city is good. His differentness in what he cares about is also informative.
However, the book is essentialy a mysical journey. While Brian is Thankfull, I wonder to whom he is thankfull. What spirits guide him?
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2.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Return Nov. 3 2003
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Brian's Return is a disappointment! Gary Paulsen is a excellent author, but he could of done a better job for this book. This wasn't his best writhing. The beginning of this book was very boring, because he is in his home town telling how boring it is to be in town. Brian finally figures out that he likes the woods better and it makes him free. He wants to get permission to go back to the woods and live there. When he finally gets the permission the permission to go back, he has to find a why out there. An airline will drive when to 1 island and Brian's has to row his way to three other islands. He rows to one island a day and has to find his own food.
The sequels to Brian's Return are Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter. Gary Paulson is the author of the best selling novel of the year "Brian Winter". This book is very adventurous at times. I thought it would like Hatchet ,but it wasn't even close. I think that's way I didn't like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great sequile to the hatchet series Oct. 21 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 the good old USA. Brian has adjusted to the wilderness and is not yet ready to go back to civilazation. Things happen and brian is forced to go into tharepey with a blind x-cop. The x-cop shows him the light and now brian is preparing to go back into the wilderness, but this time he's prepared. Another great book from Gary Paulson and a great book for all ages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brians Return Oct. 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Brian's Return is about a boy who has lived in the forest for a long time. He comes back into the city to tell his mom all about his trip. He starts school to see if he likes it or not. Brian tells his mom how much he hates it and he wants to go back. She first tells him to try it again to see if he likes it. After, school he goes and hangs out with his friends. Brian and this bullie both like the same girl. Brian beats the kid up really bad. After, his mom heres what happens she hires a counselerto help him. Every day Brian goes and see's him. He tells him about the experience he has with the forest. Brian tells his mom he is going back to the forest. She ask him to stay but he said he is going. Brian and his mom both start to pack all of his stuff he will need. He gets a ride from the pilot to the forest. Every now and then he writes letters to Caleb the counsler. Brian tells him how he has been, and how he is doing. If you wnat to know more just read the book.
What I liked about this book is it deals with problems that we have right now. It relates to me because I do most of that stuff.
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