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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.
Hatchet is a great survival adventure story perfect for readers looking for a quick paced action packed read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I think this book is quite interesting. It’s a good survival and adventure story that has its own perks, it also has a interesting back story.
This book is a very realistic and astonishing masterpiece. It grabs your inner attention instantly just as you sink in the first few chapters and it's literally almost impossible to move away from!
I couldn't stop reading as soon as I got my hands on it! I 10/10 recommend this remarkable book!
Age category: 9+
Type: Survival, a long journey, thrilling
A thoroughly engaging survival story! I wish that I had been assigned this book as school reading, and I can easily see how it has remained a classic. Hand this to any kid who likes the I Survived books, and I'm sure they will love it!
The Hatchet is an iconic book for anyone who read it in grade school. It is very easy to get wrapped up in this book and kids are almost guaranteed to like it.
The "Hatchet" is a wonderful story that is realistic and intellectual. The author, Gary Paulsen has created a bright, relatable book that inspires kids and adults of all ages. After the first chapter, I was spellbound by what Brian was dealing with and empathetic of Brians sadness and confusion. He has shown a great deal of courage, by surviving in the wilderness alone. I was captivated by his adventurous spirit and loving personality. In other words, I believe that this book is AWESOME!! Hope you enjoy. :)
As far as "lost in the wilderness" stories go, Hatchet was very entertaining. The fight for life that Brian has every day was easy to immerse myself in because the situations were realistic yet suprising. Brian's journey from a troubled boy to a patient and observant young woodsman gave the story an effective "coming of age" theme. The subplot focusing on Brian's divorced parents was less meaningful to me compared to the message of respecting mother nature, but it added an aspect of inner turmoil that made Brian's journey more dramatic. For example, maybe Brian would not have risked his life to retrieve the hatchet from the lake if he was not still emotionally attached to his mother back in New York. Though it added depth to his character, the subplot did not get a satisfying conclusion, but I suppose that just adds to the realism. As a wilderness lover, I thought Hatchet was a great read. I connected with the setting and had a lot of fun imagining myself in Brian's shoes. The story was descriptive enough without being too long-winded, and I appreciate how Brian learned that the wilderness is not his enemy. Rating: 4/5
- @outdoorsman14 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
Hatchet is a novel about a teenager who spends almost 3 months in the wild after a deadly plane crash, learning to survive on his own, with only a hatchet. This story touches on the topic of empathy and divorce. The main character Brian struggles to accept his parent's divorce, and when on the island trying to survive, learns more about himself, and life. When reading this novel for the first time, I could relate to almost everything Brian was going through. I could feel his pain, anxiousness, and loneliness. The book allowed me to see a new perspective about everyday life, and to never take things for granted. I recommend this book to everyone. I rate this book 4/5 stars.
- @CoolReadz of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This is an amazing book, and I've read it multiple times and even then it feels as if I can relive what the main character Brian has lived through. The story is of a teenage buy, flying to see his Dad in a small plane with only himself and the pilot when the pilot suddenly has a heart attack and is deceased. Brian must learn how to land the plane and wait for help to come, but it doesn't in the perspective of Brian. He has a gift from his mother from the beginning of the book, a hatchet, his trusty tool that helps him with the large aspects of his survival. The book has its ups and downs, and is written as if it would be Brian writing it, but as if a real teenager would write a book. The book highlights the realistic aspects of being stranded in a forest and that all the bad things that can happen will happen, whether it be a tornado, or a cow almost breaking your ribs, the book shows how Brian can recover from that. I would recommend this book to anyone that wants a rather short read, but a very interesting story, written by an author that has gone through something similar. Rating: 5/5.
- @The_Suspect of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
This classic is a great read for girls and boys alike. The action and adventure in a rugged outdoor setting keep the reader's interest.
Narrator Peter Coyote brings this riveting story alive. One of my favorite audiobooks. Excellent choice for a family car trip.
This riveting book is a great pick for reluctant readers. Listening to the audiobook version is a great way to pass time on long family car rides. Brian is a tough, thoughtful character who should appeal to all genders and ages. This completely believable survival story is both action packed and a tribute to the amazing power of the mind. Highly recommended.
This is one of those books that all kids apparently read in school at a certain age. It wasn't written till the late 80s, so I was at that certain age too early.
This is a survival story. Brian is a passenger in a prop plane that crashes in the (I guess) Canadian wilderness. He's the only survivor, and has to learn everything he needs to make it in the wild on his own.
Other readers have complained that Brian as a character is pretty bland, that he's not very well fleshed out. But the book is not about Brian; it's about the ability of someone (in this case, a thirteen-year-old city boy) to survive with next to no resources and almost no skills.
I really enjoyed this book, as an adventure story for young readers. I had a couple quibbles - mostly Paulsen's habit of repeating phrases; he repeats phrases; repeats them - but overall, this was a good, fairly quick read. I'm curious to know what the rest of the books in the series will add to the story.
Brian was in a plane crash he was on his own to survive . He had to figure out how he can survive until help comes. He made his own house tools to hunt.
This book is about a kid called Brian that goes to his Dad's house to see him because his Mum and Dad have split up. On the way the plane pilot dies from a heart attack but Brian survives the crash and the only thing he has got is a Hatchet!
You will like this book if you like the woods and adventure stories. It is a really good descriptive book because you can see it clearly in your mind.
Reviewed by Andrew