Brian's Return

Brian's Return

Book - 1999
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After having survived alone in the wilderness, Brian finds that he can no longer live in the city but must return to the place where he really belongs.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1999
ISBN: 9780385325004
0385325002
9780440413790
0440413796
Characteristics: 117 p. ; 22 cm

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DBRL_KrisA Apr 29, 2017

This is (in my opinion) the best of the books in this series. There's not a whole lot of action, but it's a beautiful description of how Brian feels the need to return to the wilderness, and what awaits him there.
After spending the winter in the wilderness (Paulsen incorporates the "what-if" scenario from Brian's Winter into this book), Brian returns to his "normal" life of school and friends, but something just doesn't feel right. He doesn't care about the little things that other students are talking about - like girlfriends, and television shows, etc. - and he starts becoming more isolated. After an incident with a bully, where Brian reverts to his wilderness self and seriously injures the other student, he is required to spend time with a therapist. As he describes his survival experiences to the therapist, he comes to the realization that he wants (no, needs) to go back to the wilderness. This book is all about that trip and about Brian's spiritual awakening.

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hunainhaq29
Jul 25, 2016

Best Book ever

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allen6to7 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 73

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Jul 25, 2016

you can take the man out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the man

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