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Hatchet (Brian's Saga #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  170,715 ratings  ·  7,552 reviews
For use in schools and libraries only. After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the wilderness. He learns to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother.
Hardcover, 189 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Turtleback Books (first published November 1st 1986)
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Cassie Yes and no. Yes, because the over-arching situation is survival. No, because Hatchet is realistic fiction. The things in the story *could* happen,…moreYes and no. Yes, because the over-arching situation is survival. No, because Hatchet is realistic fiction. The things in the story *could* happen, even if they are far-fetched. The Hunger Games is straight up sci-fi. Additionally, Hunger Games has political and social commentary, while Hatchet really is just about one boy vs. nature.

Both stories are excellent reads, with tension throughout, but don't expect the same sort of conflict from Hatchet.(less)
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May 10, 2007 Rachel rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one. This is the worst book I have ever read.
So when I was in the 7th grade, Mrs. Randall (formerly Sr. Mary Randall, an ex-nun) FORCED this pile of garbage upon me and the rest of my unsuspecting classmates. I was an advanced reader and it was a relatively short, easy to swallow book but it took me FOREVER TO READ IT. because it was THAT FUCKING BORING. It's about this stupid snot of a kid whose parents are getting divorced (mom and dad broke up! boo-hoo :'( i'm scarred for life now!) and somehow his plane goes down in the wilderness of C ...more
Though the story was compelling, very compelling, compelling enough that I finished it despite the compelling urge to throw it out the window, I don't think I could ever read it again. The window, oh the shiny window, the shiny open window was very tempting. This book was so repetitious, why so repetitious, I know not why this book was so repetitious, but the repetitions made me want to pull my hair out. My brown hair, the brown hair on my head, the hair that was brown that was on my head.

I did
yes yes yes!! thank you to all the goodreaders who recommended this to me after my love for island of the blue dolphins became known. it turns out i love survival stories!! with teens!! and i wish i could say i never tore my eyes from the page and read this in an hour, but i have been having a distractedish day today; emailing my dad for fathers day (everyone: call your dads!! or if they are at work, email-chat them!) and then there was a fire across the street from me (which is my number one al ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Nov 09, 2011 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of survival novels
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: A member of the Action/Adventure Aficionados group
I have to be honest. At first I was having a serious 'really?' moment as I started listening. The 'really?' was because this is a three-time Newberry Award winner, and I thought the prose was way too repetitive. The same word would be repeated three times. The same sentences twice. I was steeling myself to keep listening and hope it got better. It did. By the end of this novel, I totally realized why it is a Newberry Award winner.

Hatchet is a story of survival. The protagonist is a thirteen-year
Daniel Lowder
What I learned from Hatchet:

1. If you see a man grimacing in pain, it could be a heart attack. If this man is the pilot of a charter prop plane that you're flying alone in, you could be fucked.

2. If you eat mysterious berries, they just might give you severe diarrhea. And, having just been marooned in a plane crash, you could lack the proper facilities to expel the diarrhea within. So, you could end up shitting your brains out in a cave. Since the tender age of 9, when I glanced upon the pages o
Nov 02, 2007 Joseph rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: freshmen1
basically, Biran is the main character in the story, he is getting on a plane to go visit his father; his parents are divorced. he also has a giant burden on his back, his mother was having an affair.
before he leaves , his mother gives him a hatchet. after, he sets off, he talks with the pilot and has a little fun by piloting the airplane swerving and swoppoing up and down. until suddenly, the pilot has a heartattack becasue of gas and dies. brian is forced to fly the plane himself, but until t

Seriously, I read this maybe in fourth grade? It was definitly in elementary school, because I remember it was at the same time that we we doing "survival skills"* in Girl Scouts. Not that I ever wanted to be trapped by myself in the wilderness, but I spent a lot of my time in my backyard pretending to find flint with my sister, and starting imaginary fires to keep warm. In winter we dug ourselves igloos. I always went camping with my parents, so this book started a lot of Q&
Max Stone
(fwiw this is a book I read my kids aged 6-10)

I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could. Basically the stuff which makes it a classic and is indeed very good is the adventure/survival stuff (he is the sole survivor of a plane crash deep in the woods and has nothing but a hatchet). Both the details of what he is doing to survive, and the psychological changes he goes through in his attempt to survive are believable, interesting, and illuminating.

There is a second thread in the book which is him pro
Hatchet is a book about a thirteen year old boy, Brian Robeson, who goes through many experiences that ultimately gets him stranded in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. His only two survival tools, his mind and a hatchet, which was a present from his mother. Throughout the book, we learn all of the different ways how Brian learns to adapt to his new and unfamiliar surroundings.

My thoughts:
Hatchet is probably the worst book I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books. The only reason wh
I will be honest: I didn't really enjoy this book. And I even had high expectations because it's the recipient of the Newbery Honor.

I had just read “The Life of Pi” a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely despite its otherwise relatively boring, dialogue-less narrative – one that can be expected from a book about a shipwrecked teenage boy (albeit with a Bengal tiger for company). This children's book, Hatchet, had a similar plot: thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson was on his way to see his father
Jan 03, 2008 Henry rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: boys and tomboys the world over (and any adult counterpart suffering nostalgia)
My first foray into childhood favorites for one unlikely-to-succeed purpose: converting my brother from books about Harry Potter to books about anything else, in the world. Any suggestions?

When I first read Hatchet, at around ten or twelve, I devoured it time and time again. The idea of learning wilderness survival with nothing but a hatchet and my own wits prickled the pores of my baby-smooth chest with visions of man-hair, tufts and tufts of it, more than I knew what to do with, for after fini
I think I'm being generous with my rating of 2 stars. know what, sometimes I feel like being nice. Only sometimes, though.

I first read this when I was in 6th grade (Mr. Tietze's class, *holla*). I think I liked it but I don't really remember. So, since Mr. Tietze was the best teacher I've ever had, that is the reason for me being generous in terms of this rating.

Since re-reading it, I realize how stupid this book is. It didn't make sense. Why on earth would a mom give her 13 year old s
Aimee ❀just one more page...❀
A story of a boy that survives a small plane crash into the wilderness. The pilot (and only other person on the plane) had a heart attack and died. Every struggle and triumph are fascinating. A must read for young readers. One of the books I will never forget.
Gary Paulsen writes in only two emotions: fine and vomit-y. Someone may want to tell him that there are other ways to provoke a response in a reader than going right for the gut, so to speak. This book could have done with some fear and suspense, perhaps some gratification, depression, or joy. I do not mind a tragedy, nor do I balk at watching the man beaten down. I am a fan of Chekhov's.

If your idea of suspense is mosquito bites on your nipples, meet your Stephen King.
Ok, so I first read this book in December of 1994 over my 4th grade Christmas break. I think the last time I read it was before I became a dumb-ass teenager in 1999 (early). I’ve always been partial to the woods. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing whether it’s hunting, fishing, camping, trapping or just sitting in them, I want to be in the woods. It’s where I want to retire and die if I get the choice. I love nature, I’m pro-nature and Teddy Roosevelt is my favorite president, his love and what he ...more
Friggin' awesome. My 3rd grade teacher read this book aloud to my class, a chapter a day, and I remember being absolutely enthralled every single day. She read it to us right before first recess, so whenever that day's chapter ended with a cliffhanger we had the whole recess to discuss what we thought was going to happen next (and act out our own renditions of the time Brian got attacked by a bear).
So when I added this, I vaguely recalled the title, and I swear, I have definitely read it, but what I thought it was about was a boy being stuck under the snow following an avalanche (it turns out the book I was thinking of is apty named Avalanche by Arthur Roth) but anyway, that's not what it is about, and I really don't remember this book at all.

Hatchet I definitely read in middle school at the instruction of my librarian (we had a sort of once-weekly class in the library to introduce us to t
Shruti S
HATCHET by Gary Paulsen

Brain doesn't think his life will ever be the same after his parents get divorced but his life is about to take an even bigger twist as the plain he is on crashes into Canadian wilderness. alone in the wild, stranded on a piece of jutting out land Brain will try his hardest to survive. Throughout the book I admired his constant positive attitude even when he felt like giving up because without it he would have been dead. It was amazing to read about the number of ways Bra
Feb 15, 2009 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sara by: Steven Wren
Shelves: young-readers
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Mc Mac McDougall
Jan 14, 2008 Mc Mac McDougall rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone its a very good book
Recommended to Mc Mac by: a teacher
This book is the Hatchet written by Gary Paulson. It is about a boy who goes to see his dad in Canada for a trip but things go terribly wrong. He is in a bush plane when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian is forced to fly and land the plane on an L shaped lake. He has to face the wilderness on his own for a long period of time. Some of the problems he faces is getting food from the wilderness. At first all he has is his hatchet and the cloths on his back but after a while he starts ki ...more
Awards Won: Newbery Honor (1988), William Allen White Children's Book Award (Kansas) (1990), Young Hoosier Book Award for 6-8 (1991), Buckeye Children's Book Award for 6-8 (1991), Massachusetts Children's Book Award (1995), Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (1990), Sequoyah Book Award for Young Adult (1990), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award (1989), Virginia Readers' Choice for Middle (1989), Golden Archer Award (1989), Soaring Eagle Book Award (1997)

This is an excellent book for b
Somehow this boy was an encyclopedia of knowledge and whenever he faced a problem he would simply think back to a show he watched, something he had read, or a previous experience to solve the issue at hand. To me this was a little too convenient and an uninteresting way for the main character to beat the challenges of the wild.

I thought the author did a great job of describing the lake area down to its true natural core, but the survival side of the story needed tuning to be more realistic and e
Oh my gosh, I just looked up Hatchet, and there were more Hatchet books so Brian must survive. The titals were things like, Hatchet and Brian's Winter, Hacthet The Truth, and Hacthet, Brians Return. I wonder if Brians Return was the book where he finnaly returns home? It did say that was book number 4 and there were no book 5 that I saw.(P.S Mrs. Browning, this is not my weekley book review, it's the Maze Runner.)help!
I finally read it! When I was a librarian, I used to recommend it all the time and bullshit those kids into thinking I'd read and loved it. It was pretty good!

Phew. What put off children's classic should I tackle next?
The Hatchet was about a 13 year old, Brain Robeson, who was on his way to see his mom in a small private plane with and old pilot. Everything was going as planed until the pilot has a heart attack and foxes them off course. Brain managed to fly the plane with the limited amount of knowledge of fly a plane into a medium L shaped lake. Now it is up to Brain to survive and try to get help. But when it's just Brain a Hatchet and natural. It's up to him to remember everything his dad has told him.
Oct 03, 2012 Eric_W rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who liked Swiss Family Robinson
Shelves: miscellaneous
As many of you might know, I abhor the YA designation, believing it to be a form of segregation that simply makes it a target for the Comstockians of the world, witness recent calls for YA books to be more wholesome and less dark. That many so-called YA titles deal with issues that should be of concern to teens seems of little concern to those who want to prevent their sixteen-year-olds from reading about what they experience everyday. The YA designation, I suspect, has, in the past, steered man ...more
Melissa Wehunt
I probably should have read this years ago, but it is (literally) checked out whenever I go to find myself a copy. I finally got my eaudiobook...I was so excited...afterall, teachers assign this book ALL THE TIME! And kids/teens seem to love it. So... my expectations may have been a tad high. With that in mind, here are my pros/cons:

1. Survival Story...that's always fun and interesting
2. Would make a great (and easy) discussion book...which is probably why teachers love it
3. Book that works
Julianna's Book Reveiw Hatchet Gary Paulson

The compelling literary element: The compelling literary element is the plot for example: Brian got attacked by a moose and he was in the middle of a tornado.

The genre of this book is survival and adventure.

This is the special part of this book: The pilots mouth went rigid, he swore and jerked a short series of slams into his seat, holding onto his shoulder now. swore and hissed "chest! oh god, my chest is coming apart!" Brian knew now. The pilot wa
For the last few months, I have been going into my son's classroom and reading with a small group for an hour. This is exactly my kind of volunteering. We each take turns reading aloud and when the hour is up, we mark our place for the next week.

Our group, which contained five boys and myself, read The Hatchet, a book about 13 year-old Brian Robeson, who survives in the Canadian wilderness for months after the airplane he was traveling in to visit his father crashes - in large part because he ha
Solid book with a great last line, a last line that means much more than the words indicate on the surface. Since this was a classic, I was surprised to find several spelling and grammatical errors, but that's not the reason for the four stars opposed to five stars. The book was good, but it didn't blow me away. However, I would recommend it for any young reader. I read it because my son picked it up from the library.
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“Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience - waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking.” 140 likes
“He did not know how long it took, but later he looked back on this time of crying in the corner of the dark cave and thought of it as when he learned the most important rule of survival, which was that feeling sorry for yourself didn't work. It wasn't just that it was wrong to do, or that it was considered incorrect. It was more than that--it didn't work.” 70 likes
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