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Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga #3)

3.96  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,581 Ratings  ·  977 Reviews
He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry -- something he did not like to think about -- and his bow was good only for smaller game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a fool bird or rabbit ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published January 12th 1998 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 1996)
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Eujeana Boone in this book the conflict was he had not been saved from the canadian wilderness and he had to survive untill he was rescued .
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Jun 29, 2009 karen rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-faves
more survivals for me! this book wasn't as fun as the first one - the book seemed less immediate than hatchet. maybe because of the way it was presented; as a "what if", rather than a regular story, the stakes seem lower, even though it is exactly the same. it's more like a writer's exercise than a proper story. or maybe i am reading too many woodsy type books too closely together. i will pause now and get on with my summer of classix. teeny books, get thee behind me!
"Brian's Winter" by Gary Paulsen picks up where the character Brian left off, had he not been rescued. In his foreward, Paulsen said that he received "as many as 200 letters a day" from readers saying that they felt that Brian's story was not finished, that he was rescued before things got really tough. In order to read this novel, you have to read it with the pretense that when he retrieved the survival pack from the plane, he did not turn on the radio signal. With winter on the horizon, Brian ...more
Nathan Simpson
Mar 05, 2009 Nathan Simpson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes survival
Recommended to Nathan by: Gary Paulsen's The Hatchet
Shelves: book-club
Again, I review that I love these books, not only am I a Gary Paulsen Fan, but I also like survival books; and if you like survival this book is not for you. The book takes you back to the spot where we left Brian, the Canadian Wilderness. This time instead of setting the radio transmitter of Gary Paulsen writes about a diffrent ending to the book Hatchet. Brian finds the survival kit and continues to hunt for small game and "fowl bird" as he calls it. Brian knows that the seasons are coming and ...more
Adam Veeser-Johnston
Personal Response: "Brian's Winter" was a great book from the series of "Hatchet". Also this book was based on a series of events that happened in this timeline.

Plot: Brian is lost in the woods and is surviving out in the wilderness alone as a survivor of a plane crash. As winter approaches, Brian is hurrying to make up for lost time. About a month into winter there are gunshots across the lake and another plane overhead. Brian believes himself to be hallucinating these things and dismisses them
Oct 21, 2008 David rated it liked it
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Jan 10, 2014 Anthony rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Being Alone in the middle of nowhere isn’t very fun, but being cold and alone takes it to a whole other level; just ask Brian Robeson.

“Brian’s Winter” is a continuation of Gary Paulsen’s book “Hatchet”. Actually it is a reimagining of what would have happened to Brian Robeson if he wasn’t rescued and had to get through the cold Northern Canada winter alone. Brian almost misses the signs that winter is coming, but when he finally gets it he realizes that he has a lot of work to do. There are many
April Fell
Apr 16, 2013 April Fell rated it it was amazing
Name: April Fell
Genre: Adventure
APA: Paulsen, Gary.(1996). Brian's Winter. New York: Random House Children's Books.
Highly Recommended/read 1st two books Hatchet and The River/this is the final book in the series

Brain's Winter is the 3rd book in the Hatchet series. Gary Paulsen received feedback from his readers that they wanted to know what happened to Brian in book II. He felt an obligation to his readers to finish what he had started in Hatchet.

Brian is stranded in the Alaskan wilderness when
Apr 01, 2009 Alberto rated it it was amazing
Ive learned about this book a lot. Now, when i hear someone has been stranded out in the wilderness, I always think about Brian. This book teaches you have to do a lot of things and speccially never give up and less when your life is on the line. I also liked that the book was very interesting, for example when Brian was attacked by a moose or how he learned to make snowshoes. I really like adventure stories and even more survival stories, and this book covers all of it. I think it was very inte ...more
Dagan Brinda
Nov 26, 2013 Dagan Brinda rated it it was ok
A nice little "what if" scenario that I am glad he tackled, it truly showed how much Brian has grown, as he handles things that gave him loads of trouble in the first book as if they were second nature. I only have two complainants, first off, the book was too short, I read books that overstay their welcome all the time, but this would be the first time a books I read has ever understayed their welcome. Secondly, the ending, it feels as if it was stuck on at the last second. All & All, I fee ...more
Matthew Tyler
Dec 12, 2014 Matthew Tyler rated it it was amazing
Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen is about a thirteen year old boy named Brian Robeson who has been stuck out in the Canadian Wilderness for a couple months. Brian's Winter is the sequel to Hatchet and answers the question, "What if he was never rescued?" It starts off with Brian out in the woods, and it is now fall. Brian was constantly hunting in this book just so that he could survive. Brian faced many different adversities, such as a bear, wolves and also a skunk that was actually friendly towa ...more
Ryan Ebert
Mar 17, 2014 Ryan Ebert rated it it was amazing
Brian's Winter was a great book! It is a direct continuation of the famous book 'Hatchet' by Gary Paulson. In this book, Brian is still stuck in the Wilderness after his tragic plane crash back during the summer. He has been surviving, hunting rabbits and foolbirds and catching small fish in the nearby lake. He notices the temperature beginning to change. He realizes that winter is slowly approaching, and that he is not nearly prepared enough for it. He needs to change his entire point of view ...more
Sep 11, 2014 Elijah rated it it was amazing
My personal response- I think this was a very we'll written book. The way Gary Paulson had only one main character and how he managed to still make a great story just around him was amazing.

The Plot- This is about Brian Robeson who is thirteen years old and is trying to survive in a wilderness with winter coming fast. He is not prepared for it at all. He has no clothes or food or anything. He has to learn to do a lot of things a normal thirteen-year-old boy would never have to do. He learns thr
Parker O'connor
Brians Winter is an ok book. I like how much smarter he is in this book, but it was also fun to read about how much he learned about survival. He doesn't really do very much in this book other than hunt and get rescued. I don't like it taking place in winter because he can't hunt anymore because all of the animals would be hibernating for the winter. I think this book could have been better.

Brian Robeson's story doesn't pull me in as much in this book. After surviving in the woods for months on
Anders Torgerson
Oct 07, 2015 Anders Torgerson rated it really liked it
Brian's Winter is a fantastic novel. Written by Gary Paulsen, this novel explores the story of Brian Robeson, a young teen who survives a horrific plane crash over the Canadian wilderness. Unfortunately, Brian is then forced to survive in these minimal and isolated conditions for an extensive period of time. This books provides readers with an alternative story to the conclusion of the novel Hatchet, Gary Paulson's first novel in the Hatchet series. In this alternative story, Brian must survive ...more
Katie Watkins
(3.5 Stars) The author said after writing Hatchet, he received many requests to write about what would happen if Brian hadn't been rescued and had to go through a winter alone, so he decided to write about it.

I don't know if I could survive the way Brian did and in my mind, he's just a kid! I don't know how he was able to come up with all these survival techniques, but he somehow did. And he seemed to thrive. I like my alone time, but I think I would go crazy being alone day after day for months
Noah Rucks
Jan 05, 2016 Noah Rucks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book brians winter .I enjoyed reading this book because it taught me how hard it would be to survive during winter. I like survival books liked this one, because I love what the outdoors has to offer.

Plot: Brian's Winter is book about a boy named Brian who survived in the Canadian wilderness over winter, after his plane had crashed. Brian set up his base camp about fifty yards from the lake and about fifty yards from the woods. He made a shelter to keep him protected from the wind and
Payton Magdanz
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Oct 24, 2014 Jared rated it it was amazing
I read "Brian's Winter" by Gary Paulsen, I thought the book was good in some ways. It started out in the early stages of fall and worked its way into the winter including all the changes that had to be made just to survive. He had to kill more for food and clothing. Brian spends a great majority of his time in his shelter to stay warm and not freeze to death in the harsh winter.

The main character of this book is Brian. He is a very brave, tough, and intelligent boy who is trying to survive in t
Feb 15, 2014 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
I fell in love with the Canadian wilderness and Brian Robeson all over again in Brian’s Winter. This is like Hatchet, but with more evocative and breathtaking scenes of nature that left me awed and humbled. As an alternate sequel to the first book in the series, Brian’s Winter tackles the question of how Brian would survive through the winter if he hadn’t been rescued. Because Brian is more prepared than he was when he first crash-landed, this story has more fun elements amidst the danger; for e ...more
Jake Handrich
I thought this was a good book because he went in the wilderness and is living off the land and verry little things that people made, he is living by himself. He knows the enviornment and when he hunts he knows where the animals are and how to hunt them. He set up his camp under a rock by a small lake in canada. When he hunts he only kills what he needs and uses the whole thing for tools and food.

In the book it is winter going into spring, he is going down river in a canoo to visit some friends
Gretchen Mueller
Dec 26, 2015 Gretchen Mueller rated it it was amazing
Brian has been stuck in the woods for a whole summer due to his plane crashing on the way to his fathers house. While Brian has been there he has learned how to hunt, build fire, and survive on his own. This book tells the story of what could have happened to Brian during the winter if he wouldn't have been rescued when the summer ended. One thing I really liked about the book is that it was very realistic. It teaches you a lot about what really happens in the woods in a realistic way. Also, I r ...more
Sheriden Haase
Jan 16, 2014 Sheriden Haase rated it really liked it
IF you are into survival novels then this is a book for you! Brian describes to you about the pros and cons of this senerio. Brian Robeson is young teenager surviving mother natures harshs conditions including winter blizzards and bitter coldness. IF you are a person who is sometimes gone from home doing whatever, say you become in a senerio where you might need some survival techniques, this book will tell you how to survive.
Brians Winter is a lead off of the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. A
Jan 20, 2014 Michael2134 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brians winter is about a boy named Brian whose plane crashed in the wild wilderness of Canada. He was only left with the tools he made and the ones he found in the planes survival kit. He was all alone besides the nature around him. Brian new he had to survive.

The plot of this book was very straight forward and to the point witch I liked a lot. It was also filled with excitement when he was getting food, and fighting of a bear that crept into his camp at night.

Brian changes during this time, b
Austin Hammond
Oct 03, 2014 Austin Hammond rated it it was amazing
Austin Hammond
English 12/5
September 25th, 2014
Brian’s Winter

I just finished reading “Brian’s Winter” by Gary Paulsen. I thought this was a very good book. It was one of those books that you didn't really want to put down. It was very eventful and always had something new in store.

There was a lot of exciting events that happen in this book, anything from him getting attacked by a bear, to him spearing a moose. The biggest adventure for him I feel was him having to learn to live off the land and
Isaac Sheets
Dec 03, 2014 Isaac Sheets rated it it was amazing
I love Gary Paulsen, and every signal book he makes. They're just so awesome and... well awesome. Brian's Winter pretty much follows after the first book "Hatchet", and shares the story if Brian never got out of the Canadian forest before winter. So now his whole conflict is Winter. I though it was really cool how Gary would give us readers this story even when it wasn't even meant to happen with the ending of Hatchet. The book just really goes into detail how Brian prepares for the closer comin ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Ryanc rated it it was amazing
"Brian's Winter" was one of the best books I have ever read. This alternate ending to "Hatchet," by Gary Paulsen, tells of a teenage boy, Brian, who is riding in a plane that crashes in the northern forests of Canada. I found the writing in this book very descriptive, and it almost felt like I was there with the main character braving the winter. In the story, Brian shows extreme bravery because when he is injured and starving, he does not give up and wait to die but instead keeps on going. In o ...more
Aug 15, 2015 Allison rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
The alternate ending to Hatchet, but there’s not much different about this book than the original. Brian is still in the wild when the seasons change, but hunting and living in the winter doesn’t seem to cause him much problem. Even a bear attack barely harms him. The book is very long for the little amount of story it delivers, and the deus ex machina ending was a letdown. I knew it wasn’t possible for Brian to die in the wild, since there are more books coming after this one, but it REALLY wou ...more
If you enjoy survival novels then this is the book for you. Brian shows how surviving in the wild has many cons but also pros that can help better a person I believe. Brian is a boy that was in a plane crash that landed in the rugged terrain and climate of Canada. He only had tools from the planes survival kit and the ones that he made from the plane wreck. He had to take his skills and perfect them while learning as he goes along. He is learning that nature is calm and relentless. The world owe ...more
Jan 14, 2016 Dylan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Personal Response:

I read Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen. I thought this was a very good book, because I have read the previous books and they kept on getting better and better. He knew where the animals were and how to hunt them. He set up his camp under a rock by a small lake in Canada, where he only killed what he needed, and used the whole animal for tools and food.


Brian's Hunt was about Brian Robeson who was a thirteen year old boy and survived in a wilderness with a winter that came fa
This was one of the few books my son willingly read during elementary school, so I would recommend it to boys on that merit alone. I finally got around to listening to it on CD and had a few thoughts on it.

1) It would be really hard to write a book with only one character. Paulsen does it pretty well. I don't think I'll ever try it.
2) I bet Paulsen did all the things that he writes about. I mean, I could totally see him putting together a pair of snow shows from branches and hide just to be auth
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