Brian's Hunt

Brian's Hunt

Book - 2003
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Two years after having survived a plane crash into the Canadian wilderness, a sixteen-year-old returns to the wild to befriend a wounded dog and hunt a rogue bear.
Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, c2003
ISBN: 9780385746472
Characteristics: 103 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 10, 2019

This book wasn’t the most interesting in the series.the interesting part started near the end. In Brian’s hunt, Brian got tired of living in the city so he orders a ton of survival equipment and goes back the to the wilderness not to survive but to live. I would recommend it if you read the other books in the series.

DBRL_KrisA Apr 29, 2017

This volume continues the story begun in Paulsen's previous book, Brian's Return. He had said about Return that it would be the last book written about Brian, but as he comments in this book's afterword, he had so many readers writing him to continue the story, literally hundreds of letters a day, that he decided to write another. And, he says, "I will no longer say that I will write no more about Brian and the north woods..."

In this book, Brian slowly continues his journey north through Canada, eventually planning on meeting up with the Cree family who rescued him in the winter of his previous adventure. (This book continues the premise that Brian had not been rescued before winter had set in.) He's in no particular hurry, until he encounters (in the middle of the wilderness) a domesticated dog that has been injured by a bear. Concerned that a dog would be this far out in the woods, and that it would run away from (instead of toward) its humans when injured by the bear, Brian decides to figure out where the dog came from and (hopefully) reunite it with its people. The upshot of all this is that Brian discovers the scene of a bear attack, rescues one of the survivors, and hunts down the bear that made the attack.

As Paulsen mentions in the afterword, the bear has been romanticized with cutesy characters like Winnie the Pooh and the teddy bear. On the other end of the spectrum, we see the sensationalized accounts of bear attacks. One of Paulsen's reasons for writing this book was to try to make it clear that bears look at humans (along with their pets and livestock) as meat, a food source. While most wild animals will flee rather than attack when exposed to humans, animals will attack when threatened, and a hungry predator will attack a human. (in fact, Paulsen says in his book that a bear would be more likely to attack a human than a dog.)

The story is beautifully written, and I can relate to Brian's feelings about "civilized society" and his preference for the wild - where at least you know what to expect.

Aug 11, 2014

The book “Brian’s Hunt” by Gary Paulsen is full of adventures and it mostly talks about survival. Written by an amazing author, this book is written on the perspective of a boy who survived a fatal plane crash. The only way Brian survives is with the hatchet his mother gave before she died in the crash. The hatchet is basically a Bow and arrow, which helps him hunt down animals so he can survive. As I read the book I realized how it gives you great tips on survival, and also camping! Gary Paulsen is the author of the award-winning novel Hatchet, the first book in the series. It’s a great book to read, just like Brian’s Hunt. This book takes you on a journey through survival, having you sitting right at the tip of your seat, as you move through each page. The amount of thoughts that popped into my head while reading this book was well over infinite, but I just kept coming back to the one thought: “How is Brian able to survive by himself?” I was able to make many connections and also make many connections because of this book, and so I would say that this book is great to use in any school assignment! Brian’s hunt is also a great book for reading clubs. Just try to imagine yourself in Brian’s perspective; would you be able to survive just like him? I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and trust me this book is just what you need!

Natasha_Reanne Mar 09, 2012

*Spoiler Alert*
I love love loooove the part when he sees David and Anne... :'(

Nov 18, 2011

This is the best and final book of the "Brian Saga". Brian dislikes the city life, tries to fit in but cant not. Then he gets in a fight, and had to seek a family councilor. But the councilor was the only guy who understands about the woods and then is fascinated about Brian's adventure. After the first meeting, Brian returned 5 days a week, not for counciling but to tell the councilor about all his adventures. Brian started to miss the Woods and so he goes back again and has a completely new adventure.


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