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Hatchet [Hardcover]

Gary Paulsen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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30 Sep 1987
The story of a young boy, the lone survivor of an airplane crash, who struggles to survive in the Canadian wilderness.
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  • Hardcover: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; Library Binding edition (30 Sep 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027701301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027701302
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,111,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a spellbinding account...a winner." -- "Kirkus Reviews, " starred review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Two years earlier Brian had been stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness for fifty-four days with nothing but a hatchet. Somehow, he had survived.

Now he can hardly believe it. He has been asked to return to the wilds, so that others can learn his skills. Only this time he won't be alone. This time he will be in control. But plans have a way of going wrong . . .

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Brian is a 12 year old school boy who flies to Canada to visit his father,but then all goes wrong.The pilot flying Brian starts to have a heart attack.The plane crashes in the Canadian Outback and Brian is left to survive on his own,with nothing but a hatchet. Brian encounters many problems that he has to tackle himself,during his stay with the wildlife.
During Brians stay in the wilderness ,he, in the beginning often thinks about his separated parents and The Secret. Brian entered the wilderness being a spoilt brat , with a negative mind and left the wilderness with a positive and a more mature attitude towards life.
Brian keeps on thinking that people will come and rescue him,but he is wrong.Brian is only rescued after four months.He has to make a fire to keep him warm at night,but he has no supplies to help him.Brian slowly learns to many survival skills,such as how to make a fire and how to hunt and fish for food for himself. After a little while a storm blows up and lifts the plane out of the water.He soon gets to the plane and manages to get a small bag with survival gear.
The main characters of this novel are Brian, his parents and the pilot.
Read the book to find out the rest!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very gripping, extremely good. 27 May 2002
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When you first open this book and read through till the end, you will find yourself so absorbed in "Hatchet" that you shall not want to put this book down.
I felt sorry for the main character in the book called Brian Robeson whose parents have split up because his mother was having an affair with a different man. During this book it was called "The Secret".
Brain is on his way to spend time with his father. Before he left his mother gave him a present of a Hatchet. While travelling on the plane the pilot has a heart-attack and the plane crashes into the Canadain forests. Gary Paulson explains the stages of the heart attack very well and you will find this part very gripping.
The book from then on deals with Brain's survival, the search for food, the need for a fire and how he learns to cook and catch meat which at home he would never dream of doing.
After reading "Hatchet" you will realise how lucky you are for all of your home comforts.
One thing that I did not like was that sometimes the book was slightly boring. The reason that I thought it was boring is that Gary Paulson goes on a lot about him catching food and the struggle to do so. After hearing about the berries and then the fish, I was fed up by the birds.

I do not think that I would survive if I was placed where Brain was as I survive too much on home comforts.
Overall I thought this book was very good and I can't wait to read one of the follow ups, "Hatchet:The return", or "Hatchet:Winter".
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I enjoyed reading this book, it kept me busy. it keeps you on the edge of your seat.
The pilot of Brian's plane dies while in flight and young Brian has to land the plane. He also has to learn how to catch food, how to make fire and most importantly how to SURVIVE. The only tool he has to help him is his hatchet, given to him by his mother, which is tied tightly around his belt. It is a classic story of survival against all odds.
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Hey! I am an eighth grader at a school in Italy. I have read the book Hatchet, and I thought it was great! I liked the authors use of imagination. Gary Paulsen is a very creative writer. I enjoyed this book because it was very down to earth. I thought it was excellent concerning how the author went down to pre-teens and adolescent age. Many kids can relate to this book because many have parents that are divorced and can relate to Brian's pain. I really don't have a favorite character because Brian is practically the only character in the book. I admire Brian's actions and how he took care of things. I also admire his confidence and patience. Brian is one of the most courageous character's I have ever read about. I thought the book was great and all, but it wasn't perfect. There were some qualities in the book "Hatchet," that I disliked. I disliked how the author described the scenery too much. I mean, sure, Mr. Paulsen can describe the scenery, but not all that much. It got kind of boring after awhile. I also didn't enjoy how Gary Paulsen said words over and over again. I think it is quite ridiculous how the author kept on bringing up the so-called "Secret," out of the blue. For example, he'd be telling how Brian was scared to fly in the plane, then all of the sudden he would bring "The Divorce," up or "The Secret." He did it throughout the book. But I didn't mind, after all, Gary Paulsen is human. The book "Hatchet,"is a great book that should be read by all. I thought it was fun-filled and exciting. I encourage pre-teens and adolescents to read this book. I could not put this book down. So, if your a person who hasn't read this, I encourage you to.
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Brian a young troublesome city boy crashed in the Canadian wilderness after the pilot had a fatal heart attack. He was only left with his hatchet, that his mother gave him before he left the airport,which he uses to survive. Finding out the streangths mother nature going through a hurricane. The animals played a vital part in his survival.He learns to make new tools and how to use them.He goes through many adventures and experiences new concepts that he would not have learned in the city. This is an exciting adventure book which we recommend you to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book for reluctant boy readers, my son has read it three times
Published 1 month ago by curly
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Canadian teen adventure
Despite the title making it sound like an 18+ horror, this is in fact a beautifully written adventure story about 13 year old Brian Robeson. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GBG story lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
My son absolutely loved this book he was so intrigue he read it in 3days!! He just raved about it for days and now I'm hooked gt to gt the next books! Great Arthur!!!
Published 9 months ago by sofie
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Childhood Book
I read this when I was around 10 or 11 and 9 years later I still remember it as being one of my favourite books. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Chirrup
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
The book that started the Brian series so well written it really draws you in you can really imagine being there. Highly recommended
Published 15 months ago by ian burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Hacket
Amazing book. I was so scared that my heart was beating loudly in my chest! I loved it, and can't wait to get the next one. I am 11 and I it was the best book I have ever read!
Published on 20 Nov 2010
1.0 out of 5 stars A VERY Boring Book
A VERY Boring Book with too much descriptive language, VERY repeditive & VERY long chapters. I was fed up after chapter 2 & would not recommend buying. Read more
Published on 17 July 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I have started reading this book to a whole key stage 2 class and they are concentrating for once!!! They can't bear it when I stop reading for them to go home!
Published on 8 May 2010 by H. J. Drinkwater
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Survival Adventure
Imagine you are a child on a plane flight in a small plane across the Canadian Wilderness, when the pilot suddenly has a massive and extremely lethal heart attack, leaving you... Read more
Published on 15 April 2010 by Sir Furboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Both my son's (and me) enjoyed this book. Don't want to spoil the story too much but it's gripping, most kids will enjoy this! Brian is a city boy. Not used to being alone. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2007 by Scooby Doo
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