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Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga #5)

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Millions of readers of" Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter," and "Brian's Return" know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization.
When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog
Paperback, 105 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jun 24, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
First off, note the title of this book. I didn’t realize until I was about 60 pages in or so why the book is called Brian’s Hunt.

For myself, I’m an adult now. I read The Hatchet probably about 20 years ago, most likely when it was still a relatively new book. I was a real bookworm, but due to not having such things like internet and google, my only way of finding out if an author had new books was to go to my local bookstore or library and check.

Therefore it wasn’t until a few years ago I realiz
Jane Stewart
If you liked the earlier books, read this. It’s pleasant but I wanted it longer with more stuff.

This is book 5 in the series. Brian was 13 in the first book “Hatchet” when he survived a plane crash and the Canadian wilderness - alone for 54 days. In book 4, Brian is 15 and returns to the wilderness - with supplies to live there for a while. This book is later in that same trip or the next year. He is now 16. He catches fish and shoots game with a bow and arrow. He discovers an injure
Michael cook
Feb 22, 2012 Michael cook rated it it was amazing
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Oct 11, 2009 Nika rated it liked it
The river and wilderness belong to Brian and his new companion, until he discovers a terrifying scene at a campground nearby his hunting grounds. His closest friend may be in danger, and he is willing to risk his own life in order to protect her.

I have never read a "Brian book" before, although I had read excerpts from Gary Paulsen's various works many times. I liked that Paulsen's style mirrored the situation in the woods--bare-boned and raw.

I recommend this to anyone, especially those kids in
Jan 20, 2014 Dylan rated it really liked it
This book by Gary Paulsen entitled “Brian’s Hunt”, is the fifth and final book in his series. This is a book that I feel will catch the reader’s attention. It is about Brian, the main character, and his continued journey spending his time in the wild fishing and hunting. Brian previously survived on an island for 56 days where he learned how to survive by living off the land. After this life changing experience, Brian no longer feels that he can live in the current society.
Brian starts thinki
Jan 07, 2014 Simon rated it really liked it
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David jones
Apr 05, 2012 David jones rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was OK but it wasn't the greatest mainly because for homework I had to fill out a story map about it. I started it a while ago, when I was first assigned to read a independant reading book around my lexile. And this was it. I picked it because it was my lexile reading range and it was only 100 pages so I thought I could fly through it. I started it, then never got around to reading it, even though I was telling myself to read it. I just wanted to read Stephen King. But I ...more
Apr 21, 2011 Rio rated it liked it
The reason why i chose this book is because i have read the other two books befor it. It book is realleistif ficshon. The teting of the book is out in the north woods of Canada. The mane character lived in the city for most of his life but he was in two different plane crashes and now he calles the north woods his home. The plot of the book is that Brian wants to go see his friends that he spent his three months of his winter with and they are natovamaricans. The conflict of the book is that a ...more
Jul 27, 2016 Zora rated it it was amazing
Terrific read, novella length. (I'd be more of a feral creature like Brian, but for the mosquitoes and biting flies that are acknowledged in these books but not sufficiently described as the peace-wrecking monsters they are.)

Some wonderfully affecting passages about dogs.
Caden R
Oct 06, 2016 Caden R rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy who is about 15 years old and has had tons of crazy experience with the wilderness. He ends up liking it a lot and decides to go camping by himself. In the night he is sleeping and wakes up to a dog whining and crying because it has a huge cut in it so he fix's it up. He has to get food for it and later finds out that it was cut by a bear and belongs to a family but most of it died from the bear. It got into the cabin and killed them but all the kids survived. He goes to ...more
Taylor Brazil
Apr 27, 2015 Taylor Brazil rated it really liked it
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May 07, 2014 Gus rated it liked it
I believe that the Gary Paulsen's main idea of Brian's Hunt was to show how a boy can overcome being in a plane crash and getting stranded on an island, and then two years later go back into the wilderness by himself. The book takes place in the wilderness, with Brian alone in the wilderness. This book is told in third person limited. Brian Roberson is the main character and he is in the wilderness for the first time by himself, just two years after he was in a plane crash. He is a little bit ...more
Justin 833
Apr 28, 2008 Justin 833 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like books with a little action in it.
Brian’s Hunt

The book that I read was Brian’s Hunt. The author is Gary Paulsen and the genre is adventure. I picked this book out because I had read the book Hatchet, which is also by Gary Paulsen. There are many books to this series.
Brian is a kid who knows a lot about the Canadian woods. He was there first when his plane crashed and he had to survive there. Brian has gone back many times to the Canadian woods. He likes it more in the woods then in the city. This time, he goes back to hunt in
Jan 19, 2015 Blake added it

“Brian’s Hunt” by Gary Paulsen, is the fifth book in the series. It is about a teenager named Brian who loves the outdoors. He is on a 56 day journey on an island in which he learns to live off the land. While alone on the island he is rescued by a family who lives there. One night he heard a dog whimpering and went to see what was wrong. The dog turned out to be hurt. It had a big cut in the side, in which he fixes up with fishing line. He then realizes it is a house dog and heads out to find t
Apr 27, 2008 Annie rated it really liked it
Gary Paulsen’s Brian’s Hunt is the fifth and final Brian book. This book is about Brian Robeson, who left civilization, and is just living in the wilderness. Brian is sleeping in his canoe one night, and he heard something walking towards him. He came to realize it is a female dog. The dog has a big flap of skin torn off her back, and Brian asks himself, “Where did she come from?” “How did this happen?” Brian searches for his Cree friends that he has met before. His instincts tell him to head ...more
Cole Hudziak
Mar 28, 2016 Cole Hudziak rated it really liked it

Personal Response: I read this book called Brian’s Hunt and I thought that it was a good book. I think it is cool to read these types of books. I can relate to this book because I love the outdoors and enjoy adventures.

Plot: Brian’s Hunt by Gary Paulsen, and it was a good book in my mind.It is about a teenager named Brian who loves the outdoors. He was on a 56 day journey on an island in which he learns to live off the land. While alone on the island he is rescued by a family who lives there. O
Hunter Falish
Brian's Hunt is a great continuation to Brian's life story. It shows how he becomes very uneasy in a civilized environment, and how he longs to be back in the wilderness. That is why he makes up his mind to return to his camp out in the wilderness. Shortly after his arrival, he finds a severely injured dog, which he then takes care of. Brian becomes worried about his friends a Cree family that lives not far from his camp. Brian works his way to his friends house and finds a gruesome sight. The ...more
Mar 22, 2016 Ben rated it liked it
In the book Brian's Hunt, the main character is a sixteen year old boy named Brian. The book is set in the Canadian wilderness during current times. The main conflict is that a dog shows up from somewhere with a slash down it's side and some other wounds. He then decides to go north and take the dog with him, and ask his Cree friends if they know if anyone has lost a dog. But, when he gets to their camp, he finds the mother and father dead, mauled by a bear, and one of their daughters, Susan, ...more
Oct 29, 2015 Chrismcdowell rated it liked it
The book takes place in a forest in Canada. Brian stays near a lake and moves around the open land and meets a village. He has found friends and is hoping to return to meet a girl he is in loved with. During his survival adventure he was fishing and went to bed. He goes to bed in a canoe on the lake so land animals wont bother him. Although while he was trying to sleep he heard some weird noises. He couldn't figure out what the noise was so he went to shore to get a closer look. He saw a dog ...more
Apr 11, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it
If this book was combined with Brian's Return, I would’ve enjoyed the latter better. Brian’s Hunt continues off from where we left Brian, who was on his way to the Cree trapping family he met in Brian's Winter. He meets an injured dog along the way, and witnesses a cruel and disturbing scene that leads Brian to The Hunt. In this last (for now) book in the Brian’s Saga series, Paulsen shows us a harshness of nature that is not present in the previous books. The one thing I didn’t like about this ...more
Jerrit 811
Sep 30, 2008 Jerrit 811 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like books about the great outdoors with a lot of suspense
Recommended to Jerrit 811 by: online review
Jerrit Schramm
8-1 L.A.

I really liked this book because it talked about a young boy who left the bustling city life to live amongst the animals and nature. My by far favorite part of the book is when he finds a wounded animal (cant say what animal because it will ruin the rest of the book for the people who haven’t read it). I think the book was made to influence opinion on saving the wilderness that is still left out there. It also talks about how there are still native Americans who live
Jan 14, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Brian's Hunt is a good book. This time Brian is back in the wilderness, because there is something missing from his life. When he gets to the forest he finds a dog. He thinks the dog belongs to the Cree trapping family. The dog is hurt so Brian tries to take care of it. Brian doesn't know what did it so he thinks it was a bear,but doesn't know for shore so it could be anything. So Brian goes to the Crees house and every thing is torn up and Susans parents are dead. he wondered where she is but ...more
Mar 08, 2008 Megan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 5th-7th graders
Although, I enjoy hiking and running, I am not into the extreme outdoors and therefore I am not really into Paulsen books too much.

This book is the most recent in a series of books, starting with Hatchet, which follows Brian Robeson as he journeys through the Canadian wilderness. With his parents’ permission, Brian chooses to go back and live in the wilderness because he prefers it over his life in the city. Several days into his stay, he finds a wounded dog whom he befriends and nurtures back
Kate Matson
Millions of readers of" Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter," and "Brian's Return" know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization.
When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he worries about his Cree friends who live north of his camp. His instincts tell hi
Jan 15, 2014 Jake rated it really liked it
In the book brian's hunt, brian goes back to the wilderness to live by himself in the woods of Canada. In the spring he goes downriver to see some friends and on the way he seen a dog, he noticed it was hurt and helped it back to health. When he got to the camp noone was there, he went to the cabin and noticed blood and bear claw marks on the wood and bear tracks. He started to look around and seen that the boat was gone. when he noticed that the bear killed the dog he fallowed the tracks. After ...more
Bryce Behn
Jan 16, 2013 Bryce Behn rated it really liked it
The book "Brian's Hunt" was a good book. I would recommend this book to people who love the wilderness and a good adventure. The reading comprehension level would be good for middle school aged kids. This book was about a kid named Brian who went out in the wilderness to see a couple of his trapping friends. First, he canoed, hunted, and spent nights sleeping in the wilderness. He slept most of the nights in his canoe. When he was in the middle of the lake he heard a light whimpering from a dog ...more
Bryce slue H
Jan 13, 2015 Bryce slue H rated it really liked it
The reason I gave this book a 4 star rating is because it is a very good book and it is filled with action. What happened in this book was after Brian was rescued. He decided to stay out in the wild and live of the land. After awhile he decided to go and pay a visit to the family that saved him and came to find that they were all killed by a bear. So Brian becomes determined to find the bear that killed his friends and kill it. Brian went through a lot during the hunt for the bear and even ...more
Nicholas Mede
May 28, 2014 Nicholas Mede rated it it was amazing
The wilderness is a beautiful and dangerous place. Something that Brian knows firsthand. After surviving in the wilderness during the winter, he is back out during the summer. While camping and canoeing in the rivers and lakes of the Canadian wilderness, he comes across a trapping dog. She has been badly injured. Brian can’t figure out how she had been injured was it a human? Was it another dog? He doesn't know where she had come from. He decides to take her on his journey up north so he could ...more
Mar 18, 2015 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: hatchet-series
Brian returns to the wild. His parents have allowed him to in a way of being homeschooled.

He befriends a dog, and finds that his Cree friends have been killed by a bear. He then tracks and finds their daughter, Susan (a love interest?) who has fled from the bear attack.

He tracks and kills the bear.

Apart from the bear attack - which does fight back, I have the same criticism, everything comes too easily for him. He even stitches up the dog well despite it being his first time, and the dog doesn't
Charles Lai
Jan 27, 2016 Charles Lai rated it liked it
The novel I read was Brian's Hunt by Gary Paulsen which is the fifth book of Brian's Saga. Since Brian has decided he belongs in the wilderness, has made friends with the Cree family. Brian is still in the Canadian wilderness as in all the past books. In this story of Brian's life he will make a new friend, have losses, and meet a new enemy. Brian hunts for revenge even though it won't fix what happens, but he'll still go for it. Thais book is overall really good about whats happening with him ...more
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“We don’t like to think of ourselves as prey—it is a lessening thought—but the truth is that in our arrogance and so-called knowledge we forget that we are not unique. We are part of nature as much as other animals, and some animals—sharks, fever-bearing mosquitoes, wolves and bear, to name but a few—perceive us as a food source, a meat supply, and simply did not get the memo about how humans are superior.

It can be shocking, humbling, painful, very edifying and sometimes downright fatal to run into such an animal.”
“He had read somewhere that wolves could eat up to twenty pounds of meat in a single meal and he thought the dog was coming close. She . . . just . . . kept . . . eating.” 1 likes
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