Hatchet

Hatchet

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After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, 1999.
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ISBN: 9781416936473
9781416936466
1416936467
Call Number: Teen Fiction
PAULSEN
Characteristics: 189 p. ; 18 cm.
Subjects: Georgia children's book awards.
Airplane crash survival -- Fiction.
Wilderness survival -- Fiction.
Self-reliance -- Fiction.
Divorce -- Fiction.
Canada -- Fiction.
Action and adventure fiction.

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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.


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INVS
Aug 31, 2020

One of my favorites and I wish Peter Coyote read many more books. Despite this being about a boy of 13, it's a very engaging tale with some wisdom for any age.

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Painuly999
Aug 15, 2020

The Hatchet is a story about a 13-year old boy,Brian. After his parents divorce he decides to fly to visit his dad. As he is traveling in a single engine airplane, the pilot has a heart attack,leaving Brian in the canadian wilderness with nothing but a hatchet. Here he is forced to test his physical and mental strength to survive. On top of that, he has to bear the horrible secret that has been tearing him apart. One thing that I really like about this book is that it shows how he develops from being a normal boy who takes many things for granted to an independent, hardworking individual. I would recommend anyone to read this book because it shows multiple examples of creativity and ingenuity
to survive.

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ParmisBroumandi
Aug 08, 2020

The book “The Hatchet”, is about a boy named Brian, his parents are divorced and he goes on a flight to visit his father. However the plane crashes where he is in the middle of nowhere. He has to survive in the wilderness in order to be able to found soon. Brian uses mostly his hatchet to try to survive. But he has to be strong and courageous in order to survive, if he loses hope, then that means death for him. In the end it’s up to him to save himself or not save himself. I like this book a lot because I think it displays how to not take what you have everyday for granted, and it shows how you should be grateful for everything you have. I recommend this for teenagers, because I think teenagers tend to take what they have for granted because they get caught up in other things, and it also teaches them survival skills which I think are important.

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starbits
Aug 07, 2020

Thirteen-year-old, Brian Robeson crashes in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but the hatchet his mother gifted & the clothes on his back. His parents have recently gone through a divorce, and what was meant to be Brian's visit to his father, has suddenly arose into disaster after the pilot undergoes an unexpected heart attack.
When all hope seems lost, Brian is forced to survive under the harsh wilderness on his own. While reading this, you begin to understand the limits that he's willing to take in order for his survival.
Overall, this book offers a new experience. Personally, I found it quite entertaining, if you're into survival, this one's for you.

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Sean_Exon
Jul 31, 2020

Hatchet, is a fictional story of survival for 13 year old Brian Robeson. Shortly after his parents’ divorce, Brian was the sole passenger on a single engine plane flying to visit his father in Canada. The pilot suffered a heart attack and died. Brian crash landed into a lake surrounded by wilderness. He survived, but this city boy had to fend for himself in the unfamiliar backwoods. With his parents’ divorce heavy on his mind, he had to find ways to survive in his new “home”. He survived the wilderness for 54 days before being rescued. Through it all, Brian grew mentally and physically, and became independent.

I enjoyed the fast pace at the beginning of this book. The pace made the story fun as I went through the pages learning about Brian’s life and misfortunes. This book showed that in order to survive a tough situation you must be mentally and physically fit. You may make beginner’s mistakes at first, but learning from these mistakes will greatly improve your situation. That was a huge life’s lesson to take away. Somewhere by the middle of the book, the story got repetitive and boring. The story repeated itself chapter after chapter talking about Brian’s daily life of endlessly hunting, sheltering, sleeping, hunting, sheltering, sleeping. The ending of the book was abrupt and a little bit of a letdown. I was actually expecting his rescue to be a bit more dramatic, like his parents hopping off the plane to a teary reunion. Nope, that did not happen.

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kyang_91
Jul 15, 2020

Written by Gary Paulsen, this short novel describes the experience a boy named Brian has after his plane crashes in the middle of the woods. He was aboard the plane to see his father, who had recently divorced with Brian’s mother. The only thing that Brian has is his hatchet, which his mother had given to him before he boarded the plane. Paulsen effectively transitions from Brian’s situation in the present to his memories from the past, while accurately depicting the characteristics of the forest, making this book a captivating and compelling read for all people.

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RebelBelle13
Jul 12, 2020

I can certainly see how this became a classic- it filled a literary gap at just the right time for young readers who were looking for a survival story that appealed to their age. It is believable, and poor Brian suffers almost every hardship possible in his 54 day stay in the Canadian wilderness. His problem solving and thought processes alone are worth the read, if you can get past the ridiculous way it's written. It is so repetitive that at several points I wanted to put the book down and walk away. It's short, which is, in the end, its saving grace. I will continue with the series since I'm curious, but I'll need a short break from the third grade writing style.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jun 29, 2020

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a book about a boy who learns to survive in the wilderness. The book starts off with a boy named Brian who is travelling to see his father in Northern Canada. Suddenly the pilot has a heart attack and Brian doesn’t know what to do. The plane ends up crashing, Brian ends up surviving, and now he needs to learn how to survive in the wilderness. I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and I found I wanted to keep on reading to find out what would happen next. I was excited to discover that it is the first book in a series. I liked the author’s style because it’s different from any book I've read. What I like about his style is that he used words and phrases that a normal 13 year old kid would use. I would recommend this book to any children who are ages 12 and up. I gave this book a 5/5 rating because the book makes you feel like you are on this journey with him.
@GymGirl of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Yummydoo
Jun 04, 2020

The Hatchet is a realistic fiction story and starts off on a plane lifting off. Brian is a 13 year old teenager, who is on a bush plane to go to see his dad in Canada. In the middle of the trip above a forest, the pilot on the plane falls back and dies of a heart attack. The plane starts to fall slowly, while the plane is still at fast speed. In shock, Brian tries to make the plane land safely without hitting many trees and later lands in a lake and from there, he has to survive in the wilderness, with only a hatchet as an aid that he received from his mother. Surviving by making fire and shelter from the hatchet, he has to find a way out while in the middle of the Canadian forest.

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tang88260_0
Jun 02, 2020

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, describes Brian Robeson, a thirteen year old who was sitting on his flight when the pilot gets a heart attack, causing the plane to crash. Surviving the crash, Brian is armed with only a hatchet that his mother gave him. Only thirteen years old and unexpectedly thrust into the woods, he must learn to brave the wilderness all by himself. During his time in the woods, he learns how to start a fire, hunt for food, and fend off danger. But it’s not just about surviving the wild. Brian has to fight off homesickness and the painful feeling of his shattered family as his parents divorced. Hatchet was one of my favorite books that I read. This book is filled with vivid details of Brian’s exploits, yet at the same time is also very straightforward. I would give it a 9/10 since the book tells us a lot about life. Disaster may come unexpected and we have to face it to survive; option B is extremely rare. I would recommend the book for readers of ages 14-18 as the book may be a little grim at times. If you’re into survival or wildlife, you should definitely give this a read.

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starbits
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Jul 31, 2020

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yyjiang_0
Jan 02, 2020

In this book, a tween named Brian is on a plane flight to visit his dad. In the plane, the pilot gets a heart attack and Brian is forced to try and fly the plane as long as he can. When he crashes, he gets injured and slowly recovers in the wilderness with only a hatchet. Along the way, he makes new tools that help him in many ways during his treacherous days in the forest. He eventually gets rescued by a man that came looking for him.

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2book1
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.

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AwesomEruption
Jul 24, 2015

BRIAN ROBERSONS GET LOST AND HAS NO WAY TO OUT. THEN HE TRIES HIS BEST AND FINALLY SURVIVES.

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Kevin_xiao
Jul 08, 2015

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

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Tim2514434
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.

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cros87
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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2book1
Apr 14, 2017

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

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marypatricee16
Jul 21, 2016

If he
had
fail
he
shall
try
again
-Robert U

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Kevin_xiao
Jul 08, 2015

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

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Team_NMR
Jan 26, 2014

"Food was everything," Thought Brian.

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