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

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  10,158 Ratings  ·  483 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
Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 8th 2001 by Laurel Leaf (first published September 11th 1992)
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Jun 24, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
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
Austin Marker
Mar 20, 2014 Austin Marker rated it really liked it
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
Macey Schoenick
Sep 25, 2012 Macey Schoenick rated it liked it
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
Dec 16, 2014 Jacob rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2014 Jared rated it it was amazing
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
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
Erick Lopez
May 21, 2015 Erick Lopez rated it liked it
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.
Jun 19, 2011 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2015 Michael2134 rated it really liked it
Personal response: I read the book Brian’s Return by Gary Paulsen. I thought it was a very great and interesting book, because it involved wildlife and nature; two things I enjoy. Brian realized that life outside of the woods wasn’t for him. After many failed attempts at trying to live in the city he decided he was better off living in the wild where he belongs. After many counseling sessions with Caleb, Brian decided to make a list of all of the items he needed to be prepared to move back to th ...more
Collin Jorgensen
Jan 03, 2017 Collin Jorgensen rated it really liked it

Personal Response: I read the book Brian’s Return by Gary Paulsen. I really enjoyed reading this book. The author created a plethora of imagery, and I could feel like I was in the book. The book was not predictable at all, and those types of books appeal to me.

Plot: This book was about a boy who loved living in nature. He once got stranded in the woods and survived, and ever since that happened he has wanted to go back. He was having problems with this and it actually caused him to have withdr
Payton Magdanz
Oct 20, 2015 Payton Magdanz rated it it was amazing
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Jul 20, 2013 Emily rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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
Dan Tews
Sep 10, 2013 Dan Tews rated it really liked it
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
Joe Schalkowski
Nov 21, 2013 Joe Schalkowski rated it really liked it
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
Matthew M
Oct 12, 2012 Matthew M rated it it was amazing
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
Kyle Wardall
Oct 20, 2016 Kyle Wardall rated it it was amazing
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I liked this book because it was very fascinating on how Brian had to live in civilization after he had lived in the wilderness for a long time.

A boy named Brian had to find a way to live his life in civilization after he had lived in the wilderness for a while but he can't find a way to live that way he just doesn't feel the same about civilization he feels isolated and disconnected from nature. Nature to Brian is apart of him now and he needs to go back to the wilderness
May 03, 2013 Roemello rated it really liked it
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Charles Lai
Jun 03, 2015 Charles Lai rated it liked it
The book I read was Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen which is another continuation of Brian's story. In this story Brian goes back to nature after a nasty fight. The biggest reason Brian goes back into the wilderness is because he felt disconnected to civilization. Brian also made a new friend, Caleb, a blind psychiatrist who helps Brian. The saga still takes place in the Canadian wilderness, Brian is heading to friends he met a long his journeys who live in the wilderness. One Brian's way there h ...more
Katie W
Sep 25, 2015 Katie W rated it really liked it
I can't imagine how hard it was for Brian to return to normal society after going through what he did. And it was hard. He came up with a plan to go back to the wild for the summer, secretly planning to stay longer, and this book is about those adventures.

I found this story to be at a slower pace than the previous ones. There is a lot of detail about his thoughts and his actions. It was fun to understand his thought process a bit better.

At the end of this book, there is an Author's Note and the
Nicholas Campagnone
Oct 28, 2015 Nicholas Campagnone rated it it was amazing
In the book Brian's Return there was a lot of actin but also a lot of adventure and suspense. In the book there were two main characters,Brian and Caleb. Caleb was a blind therapist that Brian had talked to and had come to have a strong connection with him. Brian was the main character in this book and he loved the outdoors and hunting. Brian was in fact so in love with the outdoors he asked Caleb if he knew anyone that could bring him back to the 'bush'(a forest with a lot of trees almost like ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Jack rated it it was amazing
Brian's return was good. When he first went out in the woods, he felt a special connection with the scenery around him. He felt like he was at home like when he was in the woods the first time, in hatchet. He wanted to stay. He eventually told the group he was with that he was going to stay. Another person stayed with him. They camped out and found food. When they were asleep one night, lightning strook his friend. The friend was in a coma. He then paddled down a super long river, and eventually ...more
Anne Osterlund
Oct 30, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Brian has been back in the world for two years, but nothing is right. Not the sounds, or the foods, or the football player who attacked him. And especially not the way Brian reacted to that attack.

How he put that guy in the hospital.

Something is missing in Brian. He doesn’t know what, but he knows WHERE it is. In the north. The woods.

He needs to return.

Brian’s Return is the fourth of five novels in the Hatchet series. Not a wild crazy climax, but a smooth, gentle build toward perfection. As Bria
Dichotomy Girl
Mar 19, 2012 Dichotomy Girl rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2012
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.
Nov 19, 2012 Pat rated it liked it
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.
Yoel Arias
Jan 23, 2017 Yoel Arias rated it really liked it
The book Brains Return was a good book because he connects with the wilderness again. I found this vary interesting because Gary Paulsen puts so much detail in the book it makes you feel like you are Brian like in the book Hatchet.In conclusion I found this book intense and insting.
Bryn Deer
Dec 19, 2013 Bryn Deer rated it it was ok
This was a good book. Just like the OTHER THREE!!!!!!
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
Zach Howard
Sep 16, 2016 Zach Howard rated it really liked it
it was fun book and had a lot of flash backs but in the end he found he purpose
Connor Vondrak
May 15, 2017 Connor Vondrak rated it really liked it
Gary Paulsen's thrilling novel Brian’s Return is a great book about survival. This third novel in the series is about a boy named Brian who comes home from the wilderness. He is in school having regular dinners with his mom and even making a few friends. But on the inside, he is disgusted with civilization and not too long after he came home he got into a big fight with another boy, and the police got involved. He now wants to go back to the woods, and this time he does not want to come back to ...more
Katie L. 5 Losee
May 12, 2017 Katie L. 5 Losee rated it it was ok
Brian’s Return, by Gary Paulsen, is the fourth book in “Brian’s Saga”. After Hatchet, The River, and Brian’s Winter, we now come to Brian’s Return, where Brian comes back from the harsh elements to civilization. He is trying to find where he belongs in the world, but maybe he belongs in the wild. He has lived and grown there for many months, he has grown accustomed to the wildlife that surrounded him. So maybe he doesn’t belong in a high school, but rather that place he almost died. I have loved ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Brian's Saga (5 books)
  • Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
  • The River (Brian's Saga, #2)
  • Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, #3)
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