- Hardcover: 189 pages
- Publisher: Prentice Hall & IBD; Library Binding edition (30 Sept. 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0027701301
- ISBN-13: 978-0027701302
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,615,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hatchet Hardcover – 30 Sep 1987
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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".
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!
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!
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.
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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