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

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  18,895 Ratings  ·  1,147 Reviews
In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy--winter?

Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring s
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Published March 11th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 1996)
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Jun 29, 2009 karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2012 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 05, 2008 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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April Fell
Apr 16, 2013 April Fell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Apr 01, 2009 Alberto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Ian Theissen
Nov 22, 2016 Ian Theissen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of my favorite books.
Mar 08, 2017 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense and mystery. This book series is what got me into reading books and this book, by far, has topped it off. In the beginning it's basically like a normal "Hatchet" book until about chapter 4 or 5 when it starts to become winter. Brian at first, really doesn't mind, as a smart kid like him, and can tell that the weather will keep going down and not stop. Brian decides that his normal small bow is not enough, so he wants to build a big ...more
Payton Magdanz
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Luke Melroy
Sep 27, 2016 Luke Melroy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Melroy 9/6/16 Brian’s Winter, By Gary Paulsen

Brian’s Winter is a continuation of the book “Hatchet” , By Gary Paulsen, Where Brian, a teenage boy and the only main character in this story, survives an airplane crash in the middle of the canadian wilderness, where there’s no civilization for miles. In hatchet, Brian struggles to survive with nothing but his clothes and a hatchet.

In Brian’s Winter, Brian is stronger and has become used to surviving in the wilderness. He has food, water, and s
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
Nick Camacho
I had the same problem with this book as Hatchet. It was repetitive. But this one gets an extra star because it wasn't as repetitive. I still didn't enjoy the book, as it felt like it was the same format as Hatchet, it was repetitive only this time in the winter. I'm kind of disappointed with Brian's Winter and Hatchet because the concept of being stranded and having to survive are good, it's just that the books aren't good.
Oct 08, 2015 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
Noah Rucks
Jan 02, 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
Sheriden Haase
Jan 15, 2014 Sheriden Haase rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Austin Hammond
Sep 10, 2014 Austin Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Hunter Falish
This is an amazing book based off of what would have happened to Brian if he were not rescued before the winter struck him in the northern Canadian wilderness. It shows many scenarios that went very badly for Brian, such as the bear attack, that destroyed his shelter, and then the fact that he was so worried about the bear coming back that he didn't begin to think about preparing for the winter he was about to face. For example, he never began to ready more firewood to help him through the winte ...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
Anders Torgerson
Oct 07, 2015 Anders Torgerson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 07, 2014 Elijah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2014 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 17, 2012 Alden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Brian starts off in the woods. This book is a continuation of the Hatchet book. So right now Brian has been stuck in the woods for over 50 days notices that its about to turn into the winter. So now he was looking for shelter and a better weapon then from what he already had, which was a hatchet. So what he did with his weapons was killing animals for food and clothing to survive. In the end Brian finds that in a hundred meters from him there is a Native-American family that is liv
Robert B. Miller
Read by Malinda, Summer 2006:
"The book that I read this week was Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen. I picked this book to read because I had read the book that came before it in the series with a student that I was tutoring. This book is about a 13 year old boy who is in a plain crash. The small plain that he is flying in goes down in a small lake and the pilot is killed. The plain crash does not happen in this book but you are given enough information to know that it happened. Brian has to survive
Gretchen Mueller
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
Ryan Ebert
Mar 17, 2014 Ryan Ebert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nathan W.
At the end of Hatchet, Im thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, who has been trapped in the Canadian wilderness after a plane accident, decides to dive for supplies from the submerged aircraft. I almost drown. I recover, among other things, an emergency transmitter. Within hours, a pilot receives the beacon and rescues me. The book ends with a note that I, learn wilderness survival through trial and error, probably would not have survived the upcoming harsh winter.
I read Brian's Winter by Gary Paul
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
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Other Books in the Series

Brian's Saga (5 books)
  • Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
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