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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very gripping, extremely good.
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good class adventure novel
Hatchet is an imaginitive vibrent tale of survival in which a 13 year old boy is stranded in the Canadian woods with nothing to survive with but a small hatchet.It is a discriptive piece of writing which accuratly portrays the enviroment that Brian had to survive in.He had to face many difficulty and dangers.He also had to find food and found that a little hard in the...
Published on 7 May 1998


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very gripping, extremely good., 27 May 2002
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This review is from: Hatchet (Piper) (Paperback)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book about a boy who has to survive in the wild !, 8 May 1998
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This review is from: Hatchet (Hardcover)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet was a good book, but let me tell you what I thought., 20 May 1999
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This review is from: Hatchet (Hardcover)
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet , the classic story of survival against all odds., 27 May 2002
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This review is from: Hatchet (Piper) (Paperback)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting, real life adventure book for boys., 8 May 1998
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This review is from: Hatchet (Hardcover)
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 Exciting Canadian young teen adventure, 5 Jan. 2014
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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. He is flying north across the Canadian wilderness to visit his father, when the pilot has a heart attack and dies - throwing the small 2-seater plane way off course in the process. Brian survives the crash and has to learn how to survive on his own, with only the hatchet that his mother gifted to him for help.

Author Gary Paulsen's own adventurous life more than qualifies him to pen such a gripping story. As a teacher, in Europe, I take advantage of the fact that his books are still relatively unknown outside of North America, and study it with my students - it's refreshing to find a book where half the class don't announce, 'I've read this' - and they always love it!

EXCITING TIP: If you loved this book then head straight for 'Brian's Winter' - it'd be a slight spoiler if I told you what it's about...but it's a VERY clever little 'what if...' sequel idea from Paulsen!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hatchet is an enthrawling novel, written thoughtfully., 27 May 2002
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This review is from: Hatchet (Piper) (Paperback)
"Hatchet", written by Gary Paulson, is about a boy called Brian who is travelling in a bushplane(a small two seated plane) to live with his father for the summer when the plane crashes. The reason Brian is going to his fathers is because his parents are divorced and Gary Paulson refers to this throughout the book. The pilot has a heart attack and Brian is left to crash land the plane in a lake and realises he is alone in the Canadian wilderness with only a hatchet(a small axe). As the plot progresses Brian begins to learn more about how to survive with only a hatchet given to him by his mother.
I would recomend hatchet to everyone as it is very intense and very enjoyable. If you have already read "Hatchet" there is also the option of Hatchet: Winter or Hatchet: the return, which both offer alternative endings to hatchet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Survival Adventure, 15 April 2010
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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 alone. Imagine the sum total of your flight experience is the few minutes when you held the plane straight and level earlier in the flight. That is the position Brian finds himself in at the start of this novel. Surviving a crash landing, this city boy, with no survival training and nothing but a hatchet and the clothes he is wearing to help him, must learn how to survive in a wild and unforgiving place.

This is a compelling survival story, well written, gritty and realistic. It captivated me despite being well over its target age range, and it will be equally captivating to a young adult audience. Thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best adventure story of all times, 12 Oct. 1999
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This review is from: Hatchet (Piper) (Paperback)
Hatchet is a great book of survival. It's about a boy whose parents have spilt up and he has gone to visit his father in an aeroplane. The aeroplane driver has a heart attack so the boy takes control of the plane and lands it near a lake. He is now stuck in the middle of no wear with no food or now drink. All he has to live on is berries and the lake water. The only tool he has is his hatchet (a small axe ) he uses it to make a fire but he doesn't want to let the fire go out so he has to keep on going out of his camp to fetch fire wood. Soon he is going to run out of it so read the book, find out how he survives that's if he survives. To find what happens try buying the great adventure story of Hatchet
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hacket, 20 Nov. 2010
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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!
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