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After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
Publisher: New York : Bradbury Press, c1987
ISBN: 9780027701302
Characteristics: 195 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 18, 2018

The "Hatchet" is a wonderful story that is realistic and intellectual. The author, Gary Paulsen has created a bright, relatable book that inspires kids and adults of all ages. After the first chapter, I was spellbound by what Brian was dealing with and empathetic of Brians sadness and confusion. He has shown a great deal of courage, by surviving in the wilderness alone. I was captivated by his adventurous spirit and loving personality. In other words, I believe that this book is AWESOME!! Hope you enjoy. :)

Nov 25, 2017

Gr8 appreci8, r8 8/8.

Sep 17, 2017

Hatchet is the survival story of Brian Robeson after he gets lost in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash. He was on his way to visit his dad, but after the pilot underwent a heart attack and dies they crash into the wilderness. I found the story entertaining and action packed. The story was great and made even better with the aspects and added drama of Brian trying to survive, and the problems and incidences he faced along the way made it great. I found the entire book very interesting although I did find some parts a bit unrealistic. It's weird to think that anyone would be able to do what Brian did, especially since Brian didn't have much outdoor knowledge. The book was fun to read and entertaining. You don't need to be a survival expert to enjoy this great book. I rate it 4/5 stars.
- @Storm17 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This first book of a five part series follows Brian Robeson, a 13 year-old boy with divorced parents. As he travels to his father his plane crashes in a lake surrounded by a forest. Brian now has to find a way to land, survive and find a way back home. This book captures the frustrations of living off the land and the reader can be fully immersed and feel what it really feels like to be isolated with no help. Brian as a character is very interesting as well, as he has no background on survival and is just a normal teenager. Hatchet sparks conversation between our youth. As I read this I could not help but wonder, what would I do if I were in Brian's situation? This is a great read.
- @TRBB99 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

GCPL_Teen Jul 26, 2017

This classic is a great read for girls and boys alike. The action and adventure in a rugged outdoor setting keep the reader's interest.

JCLBeckyC Jul 19, 2017

This riveting book is a great pick for reluctant readers. Listening to the audiobook version is a great way to pass time on long family car rides. Brian is a tough, thoughtful character who should appeal to all genders and ages. This completely believable survival story is both action packed and a tribute to the amazing power of the mind. Highly recommended.

Jun 09, 2017

this is a great survival book

DBRL_KrisA Apr 02, 2017

This is one of those books that all kids apparently read in school at a certain age. It wasn't written till the late 80s, so I was at that certain age too early.
This is a survival story. Brian is a passenger in a prop plane that crashes in the (I guess) Canadian wilderness. He's the only survivor, and has to learn everything he needs to make it in the wild on his own.
Other readers have complained that Brian as a character is pretty bland, that he's not very well fleshed out. But the book is not about Brian; it's about the ability of someone (in this case, a thirteen-year-old city boy) to survive with next to no resources and almost no skills.
I really enjoyed this book, as an adventure story for young readers. I had a couple quibbles - mostly Paulsen's habit of repeating phrases; he repeats phrases; repeats them - but overall, this was a good, fairly quick read. I'm curious to know what the rest of the books in the series will add to the story.

Brian was in a plane crash he was on his own to survive . He had to figure out how he can survive until help comes. He made his own house tools to hunt.

ChristchurchTeens Feb 07, 2017

This book is about a kid called Brian that goes to his Dad's house to see him because his Mum and Dad have split up. On the way the plane pilot dies from a heart attack but Brian survives the crash and the only thing he has got is a Hatchet!

You will like this book if you like the woods and adventure stories. It is a really good descriptive book because you can see it clearly in your mind.

Reviewed by Andrew


Dec 10, 2016

Read book at school! Loved it and can't wait to share with others.

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Apr 14, 2017

After a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, thirteen year old, Brain must learn to survive the wilderness with the use of his only tool a hatchet.

Jul 08, 2015

this is about a boy named brian survivaling in the wildernees after his plane crashed

Jun 10, 2015

Brian Robeson is going to his dad's home in Canada but the pilot of the small bush plane he is riding has a heart attack and dies. Brian has to land the plane and survive in the wilderness.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

The book that I Have just finished is called, “The Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen a realistic-fiction book. In the book the protagonist is, Brian Robeson a fourteen year old teenager. The setting which most took place was the forest of Northern Canada. Brian is trying to go to Canada by an airplane to see his father during the summer; however, the pilot had a heart attack and died the plane; however, went out of control and Brian and the pilot fell down into a lake in the Northern Canada forest. The protagonist is the obstacles is the things in the forest that is trying to get him dead, for an example: the mosquitoes are keep on biting him and lead poison into his body which could lead him to death. There is a second part to the book which is called, “The River” also by Gary Paulsen and a realistic-fiction book.

Mar 30, 2012

Brian Roberson was going to his father's for the summer.But his pilot had a heart attack and the plane crashed.Can Brian survie in the wildness


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Apr 14, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

Jul 21, 2016

If he
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Jul 08, 2015

the hatchet is what got me through all of this I must not give up

Jan 26, 2014

"Food was everything," Thought Brian.


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