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.
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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