Brian's Return Hardcover – Jan 12 1999
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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
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.
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.
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.
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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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 14 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 20 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