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Brian's Return (Brian's Saga #4)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  7,788 ratings  ·  323 reviews
As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges. But now that's he's back in civilization, he can't find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North. The only answer is to return-to " go back ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published September 11th 1992)
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Natalie
It was about 20 years ago in school that my teacher read to us The Hatchet. It was always one of my favorite books. One that I would come back to and read occasionally as I got older.

I started re-visiting classics that were popular when I was a child. So with the power of the internet, I was able to discover, much to my surprise, that Gary Paulsen hadn’t been idle with his young character, Brian. Naturally I knew about The River, but not that fans had badgered Mr. Paulsen to write an alternative
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Macey Schoenick
I liked reading this book a lot because I enjoy the outdoors like Brian. Brian Robenson survived living on his own when his plane crashed in the book "Hatchet", when Brian goes back home and realizes civilazation doesn't really fit who he is. Brian talks to his school counselor and lets out how he is feeling, the counselor enjoys listening to Brian talk and tells stories when and how he survived being in the wilderness the first time. Brian wants to return back to the wilderness. Brian wants to ...more
Jacob
I enjoyed "Brian's Return" by Gary Paulsen, because it deals with Brian and his adventures. I am a country boy so I could relate to him. It is basically about a teenage boy who in an earlier book gets stranded in Minnesota and has to fend for himself. It is a continuation of the story about real life events that had happened to the author Gary Paulsen. This book talks about how he overcame his fear of the country. When he was forced to live his life in the wilderness after the plane crash. He go ...more
Jared
I just finished reading "Brian's Return" by Gary Paulsen, I thought that the book was excellent, I could picture the experiences of the book in my head, like how he describes how the trees moved or the sunsets over the lake. When Brian decided to go back, I thought he was crazy, but then when he is there and makes the choice to never leave and live the rest of his life there, it blew my mind that after all that Brian went through, he would want to stay there.

The main character of the book, Brian
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Garrett Dunn
This book is a sequel to the book hatchet. In this book, the main character is brian. recently he was stranded in the woods after a plane crash. in the months he was there he became almost like part of the woods. when he finally came back he didnt like everything how it was back at home. people made him mad and it wasnt the same. he beat up a guy almost just out of instict. he talked to a therapist for a little while,and decided to go back to the woods. thats why its called brians return. Brian, ...more
Austin Marker
In the book Brian's Return there is one main character who is Brian. Brian hasn't felt the same sense he came back from the woods everything is different part of him was left back in the woods and he is going to return back retrieve it. At school Brian doesn't feel right Brian is a junior in high school many people think he is weird because he acts different. Brian has some enemy's in school one is a big football player who gets in a fight with Brian which Brian beat him up in self defense. Bria ...more
Erick Lopez
I love the way the author describes the setting. The Descriptions really brought the story "to life." Brian's return is a very compelling story about a boy's itch to be one with nature. I recommend this to anyone who likes adventure.
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Josiah
I think that much of what makes Brian Robeson such a compelling figure is the way that his character reflects the life and philosophy of author Gary Paulsen. Brian is an intensely autobiographical creation, and the spirit of personal independence and craving for nothing more than to just be a part of the wilderness—a craving that had its origin in the first book of his adventures, Hatchet—is clearly the heartfelt desire of Gary Paulsen played out on the page, in a situation that he has imagined ...more
Emily
I picked this one up out of curiosity, to see how Mr. Paulsen got Brian back to the wilderness. (Besides, it's short and a quick read.) You can see from my previous Goodreads reviews that this series has been hit and miss for me. Brian's Return, the fourth installment of the saga, was mostly a hit.

After his extended period of time alone in the wilderness, Brian has a hard time readjusting to "real life," even after being back for more than a year. In what would undoubtedly be diagnosed today as
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Matthew M
Genre: Adventure
Pages: 144
Brief summary: It is about a kid named Brian and he comes back from his trip from the wilderness. He comes back and he goes to school but he is not a normal kid he went to the wild stayed there he knows what is like. So he was interviewed a while back when he came home but a couple years passed by and this girl wanted to get to know him better. So they go somewhere to eat but when they do this football player really likes the girl that Brian was with so he gets mad and
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Joe Schalkowski
I read the book “Brian’s Return” by Gary Paulsen. The book is about a young boy named Brian who is dying to get back into the wilderness. While he is at school he really doesn’t talk much or make a whole lot of friends. One day a girl in his class walks up to him and asks him out on a date. When they get to the place they are going to eat, a mean boy in their class pushes the door open and knocks the girl over. Then he punches Brian and Brian’s first instinct from the wild is to fight back. He ...more
Dan Tews
I really enjoyed Brianś Return because I enjoy reading about books written about nature. This book is about a boy named Brian who was lost in the wilderness after a plane crash. He wants to go back to where he was found, because he does not like being in civilization. He can't stand it, because he was in the wilderness for so long, he found it peaceful.

In this book the main character name is Brian. He really likes the wilderness, because it is peaceful to him. He does not like civilization, bec
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Roemello
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Jocelyne
I loved this book. It is the story of brian and how he got back into civilization and goes to high school. He wants to go back to the wilderness
Caitlin
Brian's Return

After Brian's life changing experience in the woods alone, he returns back home famous for surviving in the lonely, dreadful, vast Canadian woods. Brian meets a mentor named Caleb; as a result of a fight between him and another boy. Caleb is blind, and enjoys Brian's company and him telling his stories of when he was in the woods, and his description of the scenery of the woods instead of talking about resolving the tension from the fight.

Soon, Brian convinces himself that he (
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Ismail Laraki
Throughout the novel Brian has grown even more than the previous novel, Hatchet and faced back the challenges of the wilderness and the simple life in the woods. The return of Brian in the forest marked a new step towards his maturation and he grew even more as a responsible man. An example of his maturation throughout the novel would be when he encountered several problems with his shelter, but he still took in consideration Kaleb and made it possible for Kaleb to have a positive experience wit ...more
Athena
This book kept me going. It made me think about life without electronics or much of anything. It even taught me something about Shakespeare. I made a poem about the book and I would like to show it to you.It is about the character known as Brian.

There once was a boy who spent time in the woods,
When he was rescued, the city he never understood.
The boy was named Brian, and famous was he,
He tried to fit in but he knew where he should be.
Then came a bully who was jealous of him,
The chances of beatin
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Austin Hammond
I just finished reading the book “Brian’s Return” by Gary Paulsen. I’m not big into reading, but I enjoyed this book. It’s about a boy named Brian who loves the wilderness. He would pick living out in the bush over living in a city or town. Any day Brian feels that he has the wild in him and he needs to return back to the bush. He lived there previously, but he ended up having to return home. He makes the decision to return back to the wilderness after getting into a fist fight with a bully who ...more
Dichotomy Girl
After enjoying both Hatchet and Brian's Winter, I decided to go ahead and read this book as well.

An interesting follow up to Hatchet, this book explores what it's like for Brian to try to reintegrate to life outside the wild, and his longing to return to the woods.
Tyler H
I thought this book was an OK book, because I wish the book would have been longer and told more about Brian's adventure. The book told really descriptively how Brian connected with the woods, and how he found were he wants to be. I don't think that this was one of the best in the Hatchet series.
The book starts out with Brian going back to school from the river trip in the previews book in the series. When he gets back from his trip his friends are all happy to see him and glad he is OK. But w
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 Pat
It is 3am and I am determined to finish this book. It is captivating and gives you that hunger to see what will happen next. Brian is so happy to be back in the woods as he learns to expect the worst, no matter what. This book isn't as specific as Hatchet in his ordeals, but it's interesting non-the-less. I was quite impressed with how the author came to write these books--you should follow your heart and live each day to its highest peak.
Max
This book, Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen is another version of the ending of Hatchet like Brian's Winter. In this story instead of surviving through the winter he goes back to the city but does not feel right. What he does kind of surprised me because Brian decided to go back to the woods where he was stranded. I did not like this book as much as I hoped because when Brian is in the woods he kept a journal. I did not like the journal because most of the time he was writing in it and not doing a ...more
Molly Womack
I really liked this book. It is one of my favorites now. I thought it was going to be really boring, but I actually really enjoyed it. I have read it at least three times since the first time. It really gets you into the hunting and woodsy mood. there were a lot of details that i really liked. he should definately write more books like this. they are amazing! i recommend this book to all the kids that like hunting, fishing, and adventure. it makes you want to just be in the woods all the time an ...more
Nickie
The writing and ideas that went in to this book are very high quality and well thought out. Brian has returned home to live with his mom and attend school, but even though Brian is out of the Woods the Woods are not out of Brian. He finds himself thinking about if he had to do it again what he would bring with him and do differently. The list he creates shows so much forethought and insight. I do not think going out solo was a good idea for a 16 year old even if he did survive their before. My n ...more
Sabin
Apr 01, 2015 Sabin added it
In the book Brian's return Brian just can't stay away from the forest so he hast to go back. After a fight releasing his forest strength he and many others realize the city is not for him and he hast to go back to the forest. With some arrangement he is able to go back to the forest and he must go back to the people that saved him in the first trip. Sadly it's not that easy the plane could only drop him off 100 miles away from the house so he must ride down the river for 100 miles. He runs into ...more
sh(e)reader
I'd read the first three books in the Hatchet series several years ago. I quite liked them, but had been reading them more from a parental perspective, to recommend to my boys. My three older boys all read Hatchet at my request, but didn't care to continue. Until #4. He asked if we had Hatchet, so I pulled it out for him. He read it quickly and really liked it. He read "Brian's Winter" and "The River" and asked about this book.

I had this book in MY nightstand for the past couple years. I'd just
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Jonas Plank
December 18, 2014

Brian already has a lot of experience from the last time he was in the woods which made things easier for him. First, he knew how to catch fish. Since he had perfected his list he didn't have the best the best fishing equipment, but handy fishing supplies. This made it much easier for Brian. Secondly, he is aware of the sounds in the forest or nature. "There was a scuffling outside and outside and he thought of a bear and how stupid he'd been to leave his pack on the ground next
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Josh Reavis
I Enjoyed this part of the saga as well. Brian is a junior in high school and is really different from everybody else. He gets picked on and a big football player tried to beat him up but Brian beat him up instead because of self-defense. He tells his counselor that he belongs back at that lake where he crashed. When he goes back he is really excited and never wants to leave. He finds himself again, and his knowledge on survival come back to him. He feels like he is home at last. I would recomme ...more
Joey Pinney
Brian's return
Gary Paulsen

This novel is another alternate ending to hatchet like Brian's Winter. In the story Brian returns to normal civilization but doesn't feel right. His solution is to return to the woods he was stranded in. He keeps a journal on his journey in the wild. In my opinion I didn't enjoy this book as much as hatchet but it wasn't the worst novel I've read. One reason this book isn't one of my favorites is because Brian spends too much time in his journal and barely any time hun
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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Brian's Saga (5 books)
  • Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
  • The River (Brian's Saga, #2)
  • Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, #3)
  • Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga, #5)
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