Hatchet (Brian's Saga #1)
Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson's survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing days.
This twentieth-anniversary edition of Hatchet contains a new introduction and sidebar commentary by Gary...more
Hatchet is a story of survival. The protagonist is a thirteen-year...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
This is an excellent book for b...more
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...more
Summary and Evaluation: One summer day thirteen year-old Brian Robeson sets off on a journey to visit his father in northern Canada. Not long into the flight the unthinkable happens -- the plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness and Brian, the lone survivor, is faced with having to survive on his own with only one possession, a hatchet. Through this ordeal Brian learns important life skills including patience, thoughtfulness...more
Written by Gary Paulsen, published by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 1987.
Summary: A story about a young boy whose family is torn apart by divorce. He travels on a prop plane to see his dad in Canada but during the flight, the pilot suffers a heart attack and dies. Brian crashes the plane into a lake and amazingly survives the crash. The novel follows his transformation through surviving 54 days in the wilderness before he is rescued.
Response: I loved this story. I think intermediate elementar...more
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...more
I wouldn't say this was the best book I've read but I wouldn't say it was one of the worst. This book gives you that feel that 'you're all alone in an unknown place with who knows what kind of dangers there may be'. And yes, it did make me a little scared. But despite the rather, in my opinion, boring ending of the book,...more
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...more
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...more
2. Awards - Newbery Honor, Young Hoosier Book Award, Buckeye Children's Book Award, Massachusetts Children's Book Award, Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, Sequoyah Book Award for Young Adult, Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award, Golden Archer Award, Soaring Eagle Book Award, Iowa Teen Award, Virginia Readers' Choice Award, William Allen White Award
3. Grade Level - 5-6
4. In a fifth or sixth grade classroom, I would have the students read the book outside of...more
First of five in the Hatchet series: Brian's Saga. Originally published September 30, 1987. Available in hardcover and paperback. Published by Bradbury Press.
Brian Robenson, a thirteen year old boy, is traveling in a small plane to visit his father in the oil fields in Canada, when his plane crashes due to complications with the...more
Quick read and a bit jumpy with the timeline. You are spared a boring monologue of meticulous trial and error while Brian learns to survive. I love the way Brian's attitude, and thought processes change over time. He grows to be patient, calm, and...more
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...more
Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve...more