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Feb 13, 2021

Brian, a 13 year old boy who's parents are divorced, is visiting his dad while suddenly the pilot had a heart attack, and the plane crashed. Brian is forced to survive in the wild with only a hatchet on his belt. Will he survive? Read to find out.

Jan 20, 2021

Hatchet is about a boy named Brian who gets stranded in the middle of nowhere after an unsuccessful plane ride. He has to survive off his own instincts and find a way to get help. All he has is a hatchet that was given to him by his mother. Brian has to protect himself from the wilderness, and sustain himself with unknown foods. He endures harsh events like tornadoes and a scary experience with a moose. Desperate, Brian must find a creative way to get off the island. This book was a true page turner, because every time I thought Brian would not survive or give up, he pushed on. I sincerely recommend this book to readers who love adventure and survival books!

Nov 14, 2020

This was a great book!

Aug 31, 2020

One of my favorites and I wish Peter Coyote read many more books. Despite this being about a boy of 13, it's a very engaging tale with some wisdom for any age.

Aug 15, 2020

The Hatchet is a story about a 13-year old boy,Brian. After his parents divorce he decides to fly to visit his dad. As he is traveling in a single engine airplane, the pilot has a heart attack,leaving Brian in the canadian wilderness with nothing but a hatchet. Here he is forced to test his physical and mental strength to survive. On top of that, he has to bear the horrible secret that has been tearing him apart. One thing that I really like about this book is that it shows how he develops from being a normal boy who takes many things for granted to an independent, hardworking individual. I would recommend anyone to read this book because it shows multiple examples of creativity and ingenuity
to survive.

Aug 08, 2020

The book “The Hatchet”, is about a boy named Brian, his parents are divorced and he goes on a flight to visit his father. However the plane crashes where he is in the middle of nowhere. He has to survive in the wilderness in order to be able to found soon. Brian uses mostly his hatchet to try to survive. But he has to be strong and courageous in order to survive, if he loses hope, then that means death for him. In the end it’s up to him to save himself or not save himself. I like this book a lot because I think it displays how to not take what you have everyday for granted, and it shows how you should be grateful for everything you have. I recommend this for teenagers, because I think teenagers tend to take what they have for granted because they get caught up in other things, and it also teaches them survival skills which I think are important.

Aug 07, 2020

Thirteen-year-old, Brian Robeson crashes in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but the hatchet his mother gifted & the clothes on his back. His parents have recently gone through a divorce, and what was meant to be Brian's visit to his father, has suddenly arose into disaster after the pilot undergoes an unexpected heart attack.
When all hope seems lost, Brian is forced to survive under the harsh wilderness on his own. While reading this, you begin to understand the limits that he's willing to take in order for his survival.
Overall, this book offers a new experience. Personally, I found it quite entertaining, if you're into survival, this one's for you.

Jul 31, 2020

Hatchet, is a fictional story of survival for 13 year old Brian Robeson. Shortly after his parents’ divorce, Brian was the sole passenger on a single engine plane flying to visit his father in Canada. The pilot suffered a heart attack and died. Brian crash landed into a lake surrounded by wilderness. He survived, but this city boy had to fend for himself in the unfamiliar backwoods. With his parents’ divorce heavy on his mind, he had to find ways to survive in his new “home”. He survived the wilderness for 54 days before being rescued. Through it all, Brian grew mentally and physically, and became independent.

I enjoyed the fast pace at the beginning of this book. The pace made the story fun as I went through the pages learning about Brian’s life and misfortunes. This book showed that in order to survive a tough situation you must be mentally and physically fit. You may make beginner’s mistakes at first, but learning from these mistakes will greatly improve your situation. That was a huge life’s lesson to take away. Somewhere by the middle of the book, the story got repetitive and boring. The story repeated itself chapter after chapter talking about Brian’s daily life of endlessly hunting, sheltering, sleeping, hunting, sheltering, sleeping. The ending of the book was abrupt and a little bit of a letdown. I was actually expecting his rescue to be a bit more dramatic, like his parents hopping off the plane to a teary reunion. Nope, that did not happen.

Jul 15, 2020

Written by Gary Paulsen, this short novel describes the experience a boy named Brian has after his plane crashes in the middle of the woods. He was aboard the plane to see his father, who had recently divorced with Brian’s mother. The only thing that Brian has is his hatchet, which his mother had given to him before he boarded the plane. Paulsen effectively transitions from Brian’s situation in the present to his memories from the past, while accurately depicting the characteristics of the forest, making this book a captivating and compelling read for all people.

Jul 12, 2020

I can certainly see how this became a classic- it filled a literary gap at just the right time for young readers who were looking for a survival story that appealed to their age. It is believable, and poor Brian suffers almost every hardship possible in his 54 day stay in the Canadian wilderness. His problem solving and thought processes alone are worth the read, if you can get past the ridiculous way it's written. It is so repetitive that at several points I wanted to put the book down and walk away. It's short, which is, in the end, its saving grace. I will continue with the series since I'm curious, but I'll need a short break from the third grade writing style.

Jun 29, 2020

Hatchet is outstanding. It is so cool to see how the main character was able to go from being in the city to out in the middle of the forest! If I were to ever get lost in a forest I would now know how hard it will be to survive, but I would also have a better idea of what to do and what to stay away from. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes survival books. I give this book 5 stars for its amazing character development and series of events. It is just an all around great read. @Gasenic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a compelling survival story of thirteen-year-old Brian, who becomes stuck in the wilderness when his plane crashes. Brian has to learn how to survive in the Canadian wilderness. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was written very well, and I could feel Brian's pain, hunger, and sadness. It really touched my heart. I was impressed with Brian; I loved seeing how innovative his brain worked and how he made tools from his environment. I recommend this book to people of all ages. The survival lessons you learn from Brian could potentially save your life if you ever find yourself stuck alone in the wild! Rating: 5 stars @LavishReads of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a book about a boy who learns to survive in the wilderness. The book starts off with a boy named Brian who is travelling to see his father in Northern Canada. Suddenly the pilot has a heart attack and Brian doesn’t know what to do. The plane ends up crashing, Brian ends up surviving, and now he needs to learn how to survive in the wilderness. I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read and I found I wanted to keep on reading to find out what would happen next. I was excited to discover that it is the first book in a series. I liked the author’s style because it’s different from any book I've read. What I like about his style is that he used words and phrases that a normal 13 year old kid would use. I would recommend this book to any children who are ages 12 and up. I gave this book a 5/5 rating because the book makes you feel like you are on this journey with him.
@GymGirl of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jun 04, 2020

The Hatchet is a realistic fiction story and starts off on a plane lifting off. Brian is a 13 year old teenager, who is on a bush plane to go to see his dad in Canada. In the middle of the trip above a forest, the pilot on the plane falls back and dies of a heart attack. The plane starts to fall slowly, while the plane is still at fast speed. In shock, Brian tries to make the plane land safely without hitting many trees and later lands in a lake and from there, he has to survive in the wilderness, with only a hatchet as an aid that he received from his mother. Surviving by making fire and shelter from the hatchet, he has to find a way out while in the middle of the Canadian forest.

Jun 02, 2020

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, describes Brian Robeson, a thirteen year old who was sitting on his flight when the pilot gets a heart attack, causing the plane to crash. Surviving the crash, Brian is armed with only a hatchet that his mother gave him. Only thirteen years old and unexpectedly thrust into the woods, he must learn to brave the wilderness all by himself. During his time in the woods, he learns how to start a fire, hunt for food, and fend off danger. But it’s not just about surviving the wild. Brian has to fight off homesickness and the painful feeling of his shattered family as his parents divorced. Hatchet was one of my favorite books that I read. This book is filled with vivid details of Brian’s exploits, yet at the same time is also very straightforward. I would give it a 9/10 since the book tells us a lot about life. Disaster may come unexpected and we have to face it to survive; option B is extremely rare. I would recommend the book for readers of ages 14-18 as the book may be a little grim at times. If you’re into survival or wildlife, you should definitely give this a read.

Apr 24, 2020

Hatchet was one of my favorite books to read when I was younger. It was the only book I read multiple times. The story of Brian got my heart pumped when I read it. I believe every child should read this book. They would be missing out on this one of kind book.

Jan 02, 2020

This is one of the best chapter books I've ever read. This book made me want to read on and find out what become of the boy. It was very exciting and adventurous. I enjoyed reading this book.

JCLTiffanyR Oct 07, 2019

A tween boy is the only survivor of a plane crash and must survive in the forest until he is found. This novel was utterly compelling on audio and entirely believable. An enjoyable read and I learned some great survival tricks to boot.

Aug 22, 2019

Hatchet is a great survival adventure story perfect for readers looking for a quick paced action packed read.

Aug 15, 2019

Amazing Book!!!

Jul 29, 2019

Hi! Trying to find a good book for my son fred is such a hassle

Groszerita Jul 27, 2019

This is a survival story about Brian, a 13 year old, who lives after the plane that he was on crashes into the Canadian wilderness. Brian has a hatchet that was given to him by his mother and he uses the hatchet to help him survive.

Jul 23, 2019

I love this book. My grade 5 teacher told us that it was a must read book and I totally agree. This is perfect for grades 5 to grade 8 students. I like how all Brian has is his hatchet and makes so much with just that one tool.

Nov 27, 2018

Hatchet, a young adult fiction novel by Gary Paulsen was published in September 1987. The story takes place in the Canadian wilderness when 13 year old Brian Robeson is on his way in a small plane to meet his father. The pilot has a heart attack so then Brian has to take the wheel, but he manages to land the plane without hurting himself. He’s stranded and scared. He doesn’t think straight so then he gets into some troubles. Later, Brian thinks about things, ends up finding food and water, and builds himself a fire and a shelter.

The book was interesting and made me crave to read more. I could actually feel Brian’s pains, hunger, and sadness. The pace of this book is pretty fast. The way the author achieves this is to explain in detail about Brian’s day, and then just ends the description to skip to the next week. This book is pretty realistic in some ways and not in others. One way this was realistic was that Brian relied on his sources and ate whatever he could eat, but what was unrealistic about this book was that he survived the plane crash and also that he drove the plane for over an hour by himself as an untrained 13 year old.

This book is recommended to everyone, but personally I think both genders and all ages would enjoy this book. It’s action packed and also has a lot of vivid description that makes me say that this book is good for both genders. I would give this book four stars and recommend it to everyone.

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.

CircMary Aug 06, 2018

Engaging story wonderfully read by Peter Coyote. Perfect for a car trip. I have always loved "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and was almost equally enthralled by this story.

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