Hatchet

Hatchet

Book - 2008
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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 : Scholastic, 2008
ISBN: 9781416936466
Branch Call Number: PAUL
Characteristics: 189 pages

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
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

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.

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LIAMM2005
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.

I like this book because I liked the adventure that Brian had. I also like it because he had to fly a plane over a forest and he had to figure out a way to survive. - Daniel, age 11

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

https://my.christchurchcitylibraries.com/blogs/post/hillmorton-high-hunters-gatherers-book-reviews/

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JustinL2005
Dec 10, 2016

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

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GaryYi
Dec 01, 2016

great book

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marypatricee16
Jul 21, 2016

Loved the book! it was all about a thirteen year old boy trying but succeed surviving in the forest for 4 months.

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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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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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