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

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,211 Ratings  ·  413 Reviews
The gripping conclusion to the extraordinary story that began in
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Published March 28th 2001 by Listening Library (first published September 11th 1992)
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Natalie
Jun 24, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Austin Marker
Mar 21, 2014 Austin Marker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 23, 2015 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 07, 2014 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Katie W
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
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Michael2134
Jan 21, 2016 Michael2134 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Payton Magdanz
Dec 01, 2015 Payton Magdanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Josiah
Jun 20, 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
Emily
Sep 02, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Matthew M
Dec 03, 2013 Matthew M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2014 Joe Schalkowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 09, 2014 Dan Tews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 03, 2013 Roemello rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charles Lai
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
Nicholas Campagnone
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
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
Anne Osterlund
Oct 31, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Daniel
Jun 22, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After many days alone in the wilderness, Brian is not the same, now he is back in civilization he is out of his element and finds it hard to function like a normal person. He longs to be back in the wild, where he thinks he belongs, and where he functions best. He coordinates a trip back to the lake where he had found himself stuck before, and to stay with a native family who traps there seasonally and owns a small house not far from where he had put up shelter. He is put up river from the site ...more
Marcus
Jun 22, 2016 Marcus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-12
Could you believe that one day the wilderness becomes where you belongs? Brian' return is volume four of the Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen. The protagonist, Brian Robeson, had survived in the Canadian woods. Yet, while he is back in civilization, he feels more isolated than he felt alone in the wild. He has hard time to adapt to the city life. Through the counselling with a retired police officer, Caleb, Brian reaches the answer why he feel disconnected. The nature is only where Brian can be w ...more
Brandon Smith
“Brian’s Return” was overall not exactly my favorite book written by Gary Paulsen. I usually really enjoy reading his books, but this just did not catch my attention at all. This book was more on the exciting side, I am the type of reader that likes more mellow stories.If you are a reader that likes intense books, I would really recommend this book to you as it will grab you attention from the first page to the very last page.
From the beginning to the end of this book it was really intense wit
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Jacob
Mar 14, 2016 Jacob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen is the fourth book in the series of five. If you have been reading the series from the start you know that Brian crashed in the Canadian wilderness and had to survive for 54 days with nothing but a Hatchet. This time, Brian is back in society and can't find a way to make use of his life. So he travels back to the wilderness and does what he can to survive.

My personal opinion of Brian's Return is that it's a slow moving book. The book really just says how Brian lear
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Cam Peel
Feb 24, 2016 Cam Peel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Brian's Return is an alright book. The book begins right after the book: The Hatchet, Brians is rescued from the Canadian wilderness and returns home to his family and everyday routines. He is not used the to normal life of a normal person. One day a "bully" in school was picking on a girl that Brian was with. Brian (still being stuck in his survival brain) beat down the guy picking on her until police told him to stop. Brian then got a counselor that is blind, Brian tells the counselor what he ...more
Logan S.
Jan 14, 2016 Logan S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hi my name is Logan and I’m reviewing the 2nd book of the Hatchet series Brian’s Return. I personally gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because the first couple of pages made me interested and made sense why he wanted to leave. (read the book and you’ll know what I’m talking about) Also it is the first half of a second book Brian’s Hunt which leaves you wanting more. The reason why I chose this picture is because instead of staying in town where all noises were, he decided to go back to his real ...more
Kevin 1
Dec 13, 2015 Kevin 1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was almost as good as the first one, which was about Brian when he was going to visit his dad in in the Northern Canadian fields. I read the previous ones which are the Hatchet and Brian's winter. These are all great books. The return of Brian in the forest marked a new step towards his maturation and he grew even more as a responsible man. When he got back, he is not used to the quiet and piece environment. Brian convinces himself that he wants to go back to the forest after the horri ...more
Chris
Brian’s Return

An all around excellent choice not only for the adventurous audience but for everyone.
Brian’s return really is one of the best Gary Paulsen books out, it’s not a single book but also a sequel to, Brian’s Hunt.


Right as you hop into the book it’s exciting right away, makes you really look forward to reading the book. When Brian returns home he can’t seem to make reality really fit into his life, high school isn’t the same nor is his family. Brian misses the outdoors and the wilderne
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Evan Andresen
Sep 29, 2015 Evan Andresen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the story "Brian's Return" an 18 year old boy who was stranded in the woods alone because of a plane crash when he was younger. Now, after being so acustomed to the woods he ends up going back to nature to spend parts of the year in isolation in the wild. He gets a plane ride northern and gets out onto a lake with only his canoe, tent, and bow. He goes down the river in his canoe, going until he finds a place to camp out for a while.
Someone would want to read this book if they are intrested
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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)
  • Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga, #5)

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