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Hatchet

by Gary Paulsen

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | December 26, 2006 | Trade Paperback

Hatchet is rated 3.4545 out of 5 by 11.
This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.

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 parent’s 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416936475

ISBN - 13: 9781416936473

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from How would you survive? Could you? 13-year old Brian's parents are recently divorced and his dad is working in Northern Canada. Brian is on a small plane, going to see his dad when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. The plane goes down somewhere in the Canadian wilderness and Brian survives the crash, but is on his own. I thought this was really good. How would you survive a plane crash if you are left on your own in the wilderness? Who knows what to do to survive? Brian has to figure this all out. I thought the author did a good job of taking Brian through the steps of figuring these things out. I enjoyed “meeting” the various wildlife along the way, as well. It wasn't real fast paced, but I still found it interesting, and it was still quick to read, as it is a YA book.
Date published: 2013-05-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not The Best There was potential, there really was. And I understand what people like about this book; the characters (or character), the plot, the setting, and the writting could all be likeable. For me, it just wasn't. It was missing something, something big that didn't grab my attention and keep it. The characters were good and fit the story well, I'll give you that. The setting was also pretty nice. But I felt it was a bit juvenile, like it was a kind of play-by-play. And the writing, oh the writing. So many people love Gary Paulsen's style of writing, because its so unique and different. Yes, it is different. And I suppose that many people love it and appreciate it, and, if you do enjoy it, then go ahead. Personally, I hated it. While others raved over it, I was dreading reading this book, and I would have broken my rule of never leaving a book unfinished if I wasn't forced to read it with my class. And 90% of it was because of the writing. You might say its because I'm not used to it, but, whatever the reason, I did not like this book at all, and I'm so glad I didn't buy it. I felt that it dragged on and on, and there wasn't really any action. It might be fast-paced at one point, but then super slow and boring at another. I did like how it had pretty real facts, and how it was as realistic as it could be, out in the wilderness. But, overall, I found it dull, boring, and completely and utterly... terrible. Don't let this review discourage you, because this is only my opinion. I just wouldn't start reading this book with high expectations.
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was great, I loved it! The book was well written I would deffinatly recomend this to some else!! It's all about how a 13 year old boy lives out in the Canadian wilderness for 54 days before being rescued. Before he is rescued there is a tornado a moose attack. It was one of those books that you could not put down. When he is up in the wilderness he only had a hatchet! Later on in the story he makes a bow and goes hunting. He was left stranded in the wilderness because he was going to visit his dad in the Canadian oil industry. Next if you are like me and you loved this book you should read the river next then brians winter
Date published: 2012-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from IMO, wow It’s about a city boy who survives a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness; equipped with nothing more than the hatchet his mother gave him and his windbreaker. Readers and audiences will get a thrill viewing the protagonist’s fight for survival along his journey. The experience of man vs. nature will forever change his perspective towards civilization to which he is eventually returned. This captivating book is one of Gary Paulsen’s masterpieces. Readers will witness the protagonist’s tremendous amount of will power from eating unripe berries to realizing his absolute isolation on an island. In the time he spent in the wild, he suffers numerous emotional and physical changes, yet the author keeps the reader close to the protagonist’s side as he overcomes difficult obstacles and discovers how strong he has always been. The hatchet is filled with potential discussion points, such as survival techniques, family secrets, and dealing with family crises. Many of these themes can be discussed in generalities among people and reflected upon during personal time. To conclude, the book is a wonderful adventure that will keep readers mesmerized to the very end.
Date published: 2010-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hatchet this is a funky book it is the best ever i love when matt was in the secret passage it rocked this makes no sense i know
Date published: 2009-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little bit of a sleeper at times, imho. Hatchet is a story of lone survival in the wilderness. When a young boy off to visit his father in Northern Canada, is stranded off-course when the pilot of the small bush plane taking him there has a heart attack, he is forced to perform a crash landing. While the boy fashions himself a shelter and works on taking care of the necessary amenities of life, he starts to become a different person. With a new found appreciation of nature and beauty, a carefully learned patience and a dedicated persistence and drive, he notices the marked difference in his thoughts and feelings. Author Gary Paulsen infuses divorce and infidelity as part of the story line, and repeatedly has the boy, Brian, flashback to stressful images and thoughts related to his parents failed relationship. Although this inclusion seems slightly contrived and sometimes unnecessary, it’s interesting to note how the old Brian was eager to inform his father of ‘the secret,’ while the newly enlightened Brian decided better of it. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-12-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Readable Despite seemingly unnecessary repetition of sentences, spelling errors and the authors profound obsession to bring up “the secret” again and again, the book gets good about ½ way through as it truly becomes the survival story I had hoped for.
Date published: 2008-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hatchet --- Great Book!!! What a fantastic read, it kept me intrigued from start to finish. The trials of the North are so fascinating that it just made me want to continue.
Date published: 2008-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BAD! BAD! BAD! BAD! BAD! IT WAS A REALLY BAD BOOK! DON'T READ IT!
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from AMAZING. Well... HATCHET WAS GREAT. My teacher read it to us at school, and I loved it so much I purchased it immediately! The drama, action, and suspense are just great, I was hooked from the time the pilot had a heart attack, to the point his rescuer came to save him. I feel as if the other books dont measure up though, and that Hatchet was 1000x better.
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awsome!! This book isso GOOD!!! I couldn't stop reading it! It's pretty much all about surviving!!! I promise you this is a page turner! If you ebjoyed reading this book, read Brian's Winter first then The River, then the final book, Brian's Return. Thse are all continuations.
Date published: 2007-10-22

– More About This Product –

Hatchet

by Gary Paulsen

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.5 in

Published: December 26, 2006

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416936475

ISBN - 13: 9781416936473

About the Book

Paulsen's Newbery Honor Book is the story of 13-year-old Brian Robeson, the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. This 20th anniversary commemorative edition features a fresh new look and a new reading group guide. Reissue.

From the Publisher

This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.

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 parent’s 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.

About the Author

Gary Paulsen, May 17, l939 - Gary Paulsen was born on May 17,l939 in Minnesota. During the first few years of his life, his father was stationed in Europe during World War II and his mother worked in a factory. Paulsen was raised by his grandmother and aunts. He lived overseas after the war in the Phillippines between 1946-49. Ever since he was fifteen, he worked many jobs to support himself. He attended Bemidji College, in Minnesota, paying his tuition by being a trapper. He also spent some time in the army. He decided one day to try writing and tried to become a magazine editor. He spent nearly a year as an associate magazine editor on a magazine for men in Hollywood, California. He published his first book, "Special War," in 1966 and had published nearly forty books and several articles and short stories during his early years. He went back to school in 1972, attending the University of Colorado, but his career was interrupted by a lawsuit in 1977 over "Winterkill." In 1990, he suffered a mild heart attack, which did not hinder his writing at all. Paulsen was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Editorial Reviews

"Riveting."
-- Booklist, starred review

Appropriate for ages: 10

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