The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a survival story about a 13-year-old boy named Brian Robeson who was sent to see his father because of the secret that caused his parents' divorce. As he headed for his father, who lived in the Canadian wilderness, the pilot of the single engined plane had a heart attack. Brian vaguely knew how to fly the plane and landed it in an l-shaped lake. He survives the crash and is able to swim to shore. He then, builds himself a shelter and makes a fishing spear. To survive he used his hatchet and birch bark to make fire. To keep from starving, he ate gut berries, berries that made him sick, raspberries, and he eventually learned how to fish and hunt with spears. While fishing, he had an encounter with a moose that left him with broken ribs. To make matters worse, a tornado destroys his shelter and scatters his weapons. Right after the tornado, he realizes that the plane's tail end was sticking out of the water and the survival pack was still inside. He retrieved the survival pack and enjoyed the food, weapons and sleeping bag. There was also an emergency transmitter that, he believed, was broken. Little did he know, a nearby plane received the transmission and he was rescued. During the story, Brian learned many life lessons and had to learn things he would need to survive. He also developed a new outlook on life and an appreciation for what he had.