Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

This is a great story about an incredible challenge, and one mostly unfamiliar to today’s urban children. The detail of the protagonist’s survival skill acquisition and experiences make compelling reading. I recommend it to all young children (ages 8-13). My son loved it. A kind of rite-of-passage story that helps clarify the skills and outlook that are truly important to achieving a satisfying life.

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Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present — and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair — it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

All my friends outside of school hate it when a teacher pushes a book onto them and they go “oh yeah, this isn’t so bad, I actually kind of like this,” and then they have to write a book report. Of course, I–being the boring one–never had that feeling. Plus, I go to a school where everyone…

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2 Responses to Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

  1. Belinda says:

    Yay great. Dan and I just made a commitment to start another novel soon! This sounds like something we’d both really enjoy!
    Thanks edgy mama

  2. My 5th graders loved the bk (way back in my other life when I was in the classrm). Paulsen is a compelling writer.

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