Hatchet, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake ...Brian is a city boy.

Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness.

All he has is a hatchet - and a desperate will to survive.

Now Brian must learn to live the hard way - or die.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780330439725

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When Brian goes to visit his dad, everytying goes terribly wrong. When the pilot of the small plane suffers a heart attack, it is up to him to save himself. This is a thrilling story of determination and survival.

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Amazing story. Fabulous novel for recommendation to male students.

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The excitement and adventure of a thirteen year-old boy (Brian) who has been stranded in the Canadian wilderness. While traveling on a single-engine plane to see his father, the pilot has a heart attack and dies. After a somewhat successful crash landing in the Canadian wilderness, Brian is forced to survive with nothing other than what he carried in his pockets when boarding the plane and the hatchet that remained attached to his belt. After many months in solitude, Brian conquers his fears of the wilderness and alters the paradigm that he has maintained throughout his life. No longer does Brian perceive the wilderness as untamed and wild but rather it is his home. The transformation that Brian undergoes prompts his self-knowledge and self-confidence to blossom, leading him to embrace his isolation.Readers witness his gut-wrenching sickness from eating too many berries and his shock when he realizes he has never before heard total silence. His failures and triumphs are also presented as equal parts of one life-altering experience. In the two months he spends in the wild, Brian undergoes countless emotional and physical changes. But Gary Paulsen keeps the reader at Brian's side as he discovers how strong he has always been. In the end, the book is a fascinating thrill that will keep readers mesmerized to the last page.

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