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Gary Paulsen , Peter Coyote
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April 27 2004


Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parents’ divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

“In a straightforward and compelling narration, Peter Coyote captures Brian's terror, anguish and exultation as he learns to survive alone in the wilderness.”–AudioFile

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This Newbery Honor book is a dramatic, heart-stopping story of a boy who, following a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, must learn to survive with only a hatchet and his own wits. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 8-12 Brian Robeson, 13, is the only passenger on a small plane flying him to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. The plane drifts off course and finally crashes into a small lake. Miraculously Brian is able to swim free of the plane, arriving on a sandy tree-lined shore with only his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. The novel chronicles in gritty detail Brian's mistakes, setbacks, and small triumphs as, with the help of the hatchet, he manages to survive the 54 days alone in the wilderness. Paulsen effectively shows readers how Brian learns patienceto watch, listen, and think before he actsas he attempts to build a fire, to fish and hunt, and to make his home under a rock overhang safe and comfortable. An epilogue discussing the lasting effects of Brian's stay in the wilderness and his dim chance of survival had winter come upon him before rescue adds credibility to the story. Paulsen tells a fine adventure story, but the sub-plot concerning Brian's preoccupation with his parents' divorce seems a bit forced and detracts from the book. As he did in Dogsong (Bradbury, 1985), Paulsen emphasizes character growth through a careful balancing of specific details of survival with the protagonist's thoughts and emotions. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Survival and secrets Nov. 9 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hatchet is a wonderful story of survival by a thirteen year old. Basically, Brian, whose parents have just recently divorced, is going to spend his summers with his dad when the single-engine plane he is in, crashes in the Canadian woods. Armed with only a hatchet and his wits, Brian learns to survive. Like any child in his situation, Brian is very upset about the break-up of his family unit. The story is really one about survival so why bring up the divorce? My feeling is that it shows that you can have two types of problems -- those that you can control/fix like the survival issue, and those that you can do nothing about like the divorce. So, why did I give it a two-star? Well, this is a children's book so I saw no reason for a detailed description of a kissing scene in the mother's extramarital affair. Even the affair was irrelevant. In fact, it is not that Brian really deals with either The SECRET or the affair by the end of the book. If Paulsen's intention with the divorce was to just show kids that you cannot always do some thing about all the bad things that happen to you but that should not mean you should drown in self-pity, then including the divorce was okay. However, he should just have left it at that and would probably have received four stars from me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet April 7 2003
By Drew
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book Hatchet is about a thirteen year old boy named Brian Robeson. Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his father. During the flight up to Canada Brian's pilot has a heart attack. Brian is the only other person on the plane and has to figure out a way to land the plane. Brian crashes the plane in the Canadian woods and learnes how to survive in the wilderness by himself.
I think that this was a good book. I liked that he was all alone and figured out everything by himself and was able to stay alive. I don't think that the author did anything wrong with this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars -A primer on how to think, problem solve June 10 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hatchet is more than just a survival story. As Brian, a 13 yr old who is the only survivor of a plane crash while going to visit his father, learns to survive, he learns about himself as well as his surroundings. It is different than other survival books I have read because it guides you step by step through his thinking process. It is a primer on how to think, how to reason and problem solve, for this reason alone, I would love my children to read it.
Beyond that it is really entertaining. It is suspensful and full of surprising twists and turns. You feel as if you are right there, as if you were Brian.
The author Gary Paulsen has spent a lot of time in the woods; he has run two Iditarods (an Alaskan sled dog race). He says (after Brian's Return) that most of the things that happened to Brian have actually happened to him at one time or another.
I recommend this book for 10 yrs and up. I will read it again, and I look forward to reading it with my boys.
Sequels to this book (that should not be missed!) are The River, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return, and Brian's Hunt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet May 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Hatchet is a great book for people who like adventure books. It is about a boy who is flying to his mother's house. He had to take a plane, but the pilot was not feeling well. The pilot had a heart attack. The boy tried to fly the plane, but he could not steer it and it crashed. The boy was stranded on an island with a hatchet that his father had given him for his birthday. He built himself shelter with wood he cut up with the hatchet. He had to eat fish to survive. He had to cut up the fish with the hatchet. The boy had to completely change his lifestyle to survive. He had to have a positive attitude to survive, but some days he did not feel that great. He found the radio from the plane. He tuned it and got a man on the line. He told him that he was stranded on an island. Did the man save the boy? Read Hatchet to find out!
I thought that Hatchet was a great book. It was very suspenseful because I did not know what was going to happen next. I do not recommend this book to people who do not like action or adventure. I would rate this book a four out of five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This story is a winner! May 9 2004
By filmfan
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen is about a 13-year-old boy, named Brian, who got separated from civilization for 54 days. It is a story about survival and the reader never knows what will happen next. The thing that is so amazing about Brian's story is how he survived with only the clothes on his back and the hatchet he wore on his belt. He learned from his mistakes and nature. The reader will learn lessons about living in the wild.
The main character of the story is Brian Robeson. The author doesn't describe how Brian looks but he describes how he thinks and acts. Brian's parents are divorced so he is going to Canada - to live with his dad for the summer. Brian is the protagonist of the story, battling a conflict against nature - the antagonist. Gary Paulsen, the author, narrates the story in the third-person point of view, telling what goes on in the mind of Brian.
The story has an adventurous plot, told in chronological order, which begins in a little bush plane flying over the Canadian north woods with Brian and a pilot. Gary Paulsen uses foreshadowing on pages 5 and 6 when the pilot rubs his shoulder, complains of aches and pains, and emits body gas. Soon after, the pilot grabs his chest and screams about his chest splitting apart. Then Brian has a flashback and remembers, "When a man in front of Paisley's store had suffered a heart attack. He had gone down and screamed about his chest." (page 11) Brian realizes the pilot has had a heart attack Then the pilot dies.
The plane crashed in an L-shaped lake and Brian escaped with his life. All he had was his hatchet and the clothes on his back. He would have to survive in the setting of the Canadian north woods in the present day.
The first thing Brian had to struggle against was hunger.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great survival story.
I remember reading this book in elementary school, decided to buy it and read it again. What a great survival story, well written and exciting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
A classic. Grade 4 all over again!
Published 3 months ago by sleeveless wonder
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great read for young and old, a must read for anyone who enjoys reading. 6 words left in this review.
Published 3 months ago by joe
5.0 out of 5 stars the beginning of an adventure
This story is about Brian who has many internal conflicts. He ends up in a northern wilderness as a result of a plane crash. He learns to read nature and look after himself. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sharon Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
I read this in school and I've thought of it numerous times throughout the years. I'm glad I finally decided to buy it and read it again. It's a good read and an awesome story.
Published 18 months ago by Christopher Diliberto
5.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet: 20th Anniversary Edition
When my son was in grade 8 this was the first book he read from beginning to end without me
pushing him, and I remember him sharing the events in the book with great... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2011 by Marming
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Author
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 An amazing story of survival
This is easily Gary Paulsen's greatest novel. This is a wonderfully interesting tale of survival and is the best in the series about Brian. Read more
Published on Sept. 8 2006 by Brian A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must HAVE! (poop)
"Going to die. Going to die. Going. To. Die. The Secret. Bad. Just as Brian began to see the light, he scratched his left elbow, revealing a large brownish gold scab, turning into... Read more
Published on May 28 2005 by poopypants
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Survival Story
I would recommend this book to anyone 11 years old and up because it presents a picture of how a young man survives the wilderness. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
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