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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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Oct 17, 2018

Hatchet is one of the greatest books I have ever read. Perfect for advanced elementary students and middle schoolers. If you love adventure then you will love Hatchet.

Sep 29, 2018

I saw "Hatchet" on the "Great American Read" list and decided to look at it. I had read some of Paulsen's work before, but when I began reading "Hatchet," I had no idea what to expect. Something about "Hatchet" captured my imagination and attention immediately.

Paulsen manages to leave you feeling as if you are with Brian each step of the way, from sitting in the co-pilot seat, watching the pilot die, to experiencing the plan crash. Each page leaves you wanting to turn the next, what is going to happen?

I found the book ended too soon and look forward to reading the works that follow Brian after "Hatchet," in order to learn what happens to Brian after his experiences in the Canadian wilderness. I highly recommend "Hatchet" to readers of all ages.

Jul 07, 2018

I think this book is quite interesting. It’s a good survival and adventure story that has its own perks, it also has a interesting back story.

Jul 04, 2018

This book is a very realistic and astonishing masterpiece. It grabs your inner attention instantly just as you sink in the first few chapters and it's literally almost impossible to move away from!
I couldn't stop reading as soon as I got my hands on it! I 10/10 recommend this remarkable book!

Age category: 9+

Type: Survival, a long journey, thrilling

Recommendation: 10/10

cmlibrary_rkimray May 31, 2018

A thoroughly engaging survival story! I wish that I had been assigned this book as school reading, and I can easily see how it has remained a classic. Hand this to any kid who likes the I Survived books, and I'm sure they will love it!

SnoIsleLib_BrianTH Mar 22, 2018

The Hatchet is an iconic book for anyone who read it in grade school. It is very easy to get wrapped up in this book and kids are almost guaranteed to like it.

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. :)

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.

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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
-Robert U

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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