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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Return
The book Brian's Return is a very good book. It's interesting and no matter where you stop reading you can tell something good is coming up next. It's not a high reading level so it's easier to understand. The author explains every thing throw and it's not really at a high reading level.
Brian's Return is the last book in a series. The first book was called...
Published on Oct. 22 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Milking It For All It's Worth
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...
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Brians Return, Oct. 15 2003
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jacob kirkendall (Falls City Nebraska) - See all my reviews
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
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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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
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am (Tokyo , Japan) - See all my reviews
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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4.0 out of 5 stars This Was a Good Book, Dec 11 2001
This review is from: Brian's Return (Hardcover)
I thought this book was great. It had a lot of suspense and many other things. The one thing the author could have done was to make it longer than it is, but it is a great ending to a great series of books. Brian the main character in the book is Brian is a round character with many different personalities's. Brian starts this book back in his hometown with his mother. He can't stand it there and wants to go back into the world where he feels that he is in the right place unlike home. Brian becomes a loner and only has a few friends after the fame went away. Brian one day gets in a fight with this boy and beats the mess out of him and his punishment is he has to see the police guidance councilor. He begins to make friends with him. Then that summer Brian goes off all-alone to where he first crashed. Brian travels bye canoe all by himself he goes from lake to lake eating only things, he catches and some rice that he took with him. On one of his stops that he has to cross this damn to get to the next lake he stops to hunt and when he comes back, he meets a man that is doing the same thing. Overall, the book is Great and I recommend it to everyone who loves the outdoors. You should also read the other books in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Was a Good Book, Dec 11 2001
This review is from: Brian's Return (Hardcover)
I thought this book was great. It had a lot of suspense and many other things. The one thing the author could have done was to make it longer than it is, but it is a great ending to a great series of books. Brian the main character in the book is Brian is a round character with many different personalities's. Brian starts this book back in his hometown with his mother. He can't stand it there and wants to go back into the world where he feels that he is in the right place unlike home. Brian becomes a loner and only has a few friends after the fame went away. Brian one day gets in a fight with this boy and beats the mess out of him and his punishment is he has to see the police guidance councilor. He begins to make friends with him. Then that summer Brian goes off all-alone to where he first crashed. Brian travels bye canoe all by himself he goes from lake to lake eating only things, he catches and some rice that he took with him. On one of his stops that he has to cross this damn to get to the next lake he stops to hunt and when he comes back, he meets a man that is doing the same thing. Overall, the book is Great and I recommend it to everyone who loves the outdoors. You should also read the other books in the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Was a Good Book, Dec 11 2001
This review is from: Brian's Return (Hardcover)
I thought this book was great. It had a lot of suspense and many other things. The one thing the author could have done was to make it longer than it is, but it is a great ending to a great series of books. Brian the main character in the book is Brian is a round character with many different personalities's. Brian starts this book back in his hometown with his mother. He can't stand it there and wants to go back into the world where he feels that he is in the right place unlike home. Brian becomes a loner and only has a few friends after the fame went away. Brian one day gets in a fight with this boy and beats the mess out of him and his punishment is he has to see the police guidance councilor. He begins to make friends with him. Then that summer Brian goes off all-alone to where he first crashed. Brian travels bye canoe all by himself he goes from lake to lake eating only things, he catches and some rice that he took with him. On one of his stops that he has to cross this damn to get to the next lake he stops to hunt and when he comes back, he meets a man that is doing the same thing. Overall, the book is Great and I recommend it to everyone who loves the outdoors. You should also read the other books in the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Return, Oct. 22 2001
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The book Brian's Return is a very good book. It's interesting and no matter where you stop reading you can tell something good is coming up next. It's not a high reading level so it's easier to understand. The author explains every thing throw and it's not really at a high reading level.
Brian's Return is the last book in a series. The first book was called Hatchet, second was The River, third was Brian's Winter, and then Brian's Return.
Hatchet was about when it all started. Brian was flying on a single engine plane to see his dad up North. The pilot had a heart attack and the plane went down in a lake in the middle of the wilderness. He had to learn how to survive alone in the wilderness with only a hatchet for fifty-four days.
In The River, the government asked Brian to go back to the wilderness and show astronauts and the military his survival techniques that kept him alive. Derek Holtzer went with him to observe him and take notes. But during a storm, Derek was hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Brian builds a raft a tries to transport Derek to the nearest town down the river for medical help.
Brian's Winter is a little different, it takes after Hatchet. The author made it that what if Brian didn't get rescued and had to make it through the winter. The stakes were raised for survival. Brian had the longest winter ever.
Finally, Brian's Return. Brian was rescued every time before and brought back to his mom in the city. After everything Brian has gone through he has to try to fit back in with the city life. He had to get used to the tv, stove, microwave, grocery store, noisy vehicles, and everything else that he had learned to live with out. He started school again and tried to make friends and hang out, but he doesn't feel that he fits in. The whole time he is in the city he can't quite thinking of the wilderness and how much he wanted to go back. Nobody was really interested in what he felt and his stories. He felt alone until he meet a blind guy named Caleb. Caleb was very interested in what Brian had to say and always asked him to describe the scenes that he has seen. Caleb understands that Brian needed to go back to the wilderness and helped him. His mom didn't want to go but let him considering he would only be gone for a month or two and he brought some supplies such as a canoe, tent, and some food.
With both his parents gave him permission, Brian made arrangements and went back to the bush. Once he got there a thought came to him, "Should I go back home at the end of fall or stay here were I belong?"
In conclusion, I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about wilderness and survival. If you read the first three books, then this book would be better and easier to understand. I enjoyed this book very much and I think you would too. I definitely give it 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The third and best sequel to Hatchet, May 17 2001
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Robert W. Kalteux (Seminole, FL USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Brian's Return (Hardcover)
Brian's Return, by Gary Paulsen, is an adventure/survival book about Brian's long-awaited return to the Canadian woods written by Paulsen, a three time Newberry Honor award winner. The story begins with Brian, a 16 year old boy trying to live a normal life. The hard part for him is, he spent 48 days in the Canadian woods after his pilot had a heart attack and it changed his perspective on life. He can't find joy in having his food put right in front of him, or talking about who was going out with whom. After beating up a football player, he sees a counselor named Caleb. Caleb listens to his beautiful descriptions, and tells Brian that the answer was to go back up into the wilderness. He creates a list and a plan for a hundred mile kayak trip to eventually visit the Smallhorns, who rescued him in Brian's Winter. Brian goes through yet another action packed wilderness experience in Brian's Return. This book would be a little hard for young kids to find the true meaning of, so ages 11 and up would be a good reccomended age. Anyone who enjoyed Hatchet and its other sequels will enjoy this book.
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