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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Return Nov. 3 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Milking It For All It's Worth Dec 3 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First of all, you should not read this book if you have not read "Hatchet," which comes earlier in the series. If you like that book enough, you should go straight on to "Brian's Winter," and if you're still interested, read "The River." This will bring you up to where "Brian's Return" begins.
I loved "Hatchet" and "Brian's Winter"-- but after that, author Gary Paulsen added two more books to the series, which he shouldn't have. I was quite disappointed, and feel that this book tainted the series: It's filled with a great deal of one-sentence (and even one-word) paragraphs--I believe that Mr. Paulsen was trying to fill up enough space to publish what qualified as another "book." You should note that this watered- down story fills 115 tiny pages--and the book went straight to paperback. I don't think that Mr. Paulsen took this book so seriously as the earlier ones.
However, there's plenty to satisfy fans of the series: For example, short portraits of how Brian reacted when he got back home and his trouble fitting back into school. Even better is an interaction between Brian and an adult who sees things his way--a fellow man of the woods.
If you're an ardent fan of the series (as I was and still am), you probably can't resist buying this book anyway. But if you're not sure, you aren't missing much by passing it up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brians Return Nov. 19 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book because it was adventurous, exciting, and showed yyou the way man and nature have been for the earliest years of the humans. I also liked this book because it has a lot of desire to it. He was sick of the modern 'stuff', like ovens, guns, and money to get whatever you wanted. Insted of just making it and just wanted to go back and be a part of the woods.
The best part of the book to me is when Brian is quitly and swiftly paddling along the edge of the lake. He is just trying to get reacuanted with the outdoors, when a deer jumps out of the bushes. The deer had been trying to get into the water because of the misquitoes. They were all over his eyes, and the deer had run to the water so they would leave. Instead of landind in hte water, the deer had jumped onto the canoe with Brian in it. The deer did not see the canoe or Brian becsause the misquitoes in his eyes made the deer temporarily blinded. That was the best and funniest part of the whole book.
The author did a good job in descirbing the setting and the conflict. The setting was descibed to as if you hadn't ever been outside your bedroom. He used words and phrases such as lush green forest, or the quietness of the lake broken by the sharp howl of the song sang by the wolf. The conflict was a boy who had been lost in hte woods for a year, but then luckily saved. He missed the woods so much that he had started to think he was in the woods again, fighting bears and mosses in self defense. That is why I think that the author did such a good job of describing the setting and the conflict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peace from Yokota Oct. 30 2002
By am
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I agree with A reader from Danville because from the reading that I have personally done with this book I can say that it is completely true. In the Beginning of the book he mentions that the things around him doesn't mean anything to him, or he doesn't care for it. He has a hard time because he fells that he doesn't belong there, as if that he what was once home is foreign to him. Also in the beginning of the book he gets into a fight and then is sent to go see counseling. Brian then becomes attach with the counselor and then is convinced that sense he feels that where he lives is so foreign to him then he is to return to "home"�Ein witch in his case was the northern woods here his plane had crashed. He then gets prepared to go back for his summer between school. He also prepares some extra stuff to take with him to the trip (stuff that he didn't have when he was in the crash that could make struggles a little easier). He finalize his dates to go , discuss it with his mother , and then goes to come back when the summer ended to tell more stories to his counselor that help him so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a tale of adventure and independence
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Sharon Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
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
5.0 out of 5 stars every kid should read this book
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 more
Published on May 20 2004 by Bonnie Lucas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great But Not Best
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 more
Published on Nov. 11 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars mysticism beyond survival
The fight scene is informative as to how the atitude of having to kill for survival can bleed over into inapropriate areas. Read more
Published on Nov. 10 2003 by David Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great sequile to the hatchet series
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 more
Published on Oct. 21 2003 by DULA
5.0 out of 5 stars brians winter
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 more
Published on May 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Wilderness book
Your book Brian's Return is a great book because of what Brian does to go see the Smallhorns again. Brian went against a bear and mother nature herself to get there. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book written by Gary Paulson is outstanding. This book is very fun and easy to read. If you are a reader that loves the outdoors this book is for you. Read more
Published on Jan. 13 2003 by tony1_22
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