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

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  13,283 ratings  ·  759 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...more
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Published March 11th 2008 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 1996)
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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!
Nathan Simpson
Mar 05, 2009 Nathan Simpson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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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...more
"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
April Fell
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...more
I´ve 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 int...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
Ryan Ebert
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
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...more
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...more
Sheriden Haase
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...more
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...more
Austin Hammond
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...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
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...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...more
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...more
Cameron Martinez
This book is an alternative ending to Gary Paulsen's book The Hatchet. If Brian wasn't rescued, what would happen? In the book, ended up just surviving the same way he did in The Hatchet. This book was not good. It was bland, boring, and brought shame to The Hatchet,even though that was one of the best books I've ever read. This book is not good for fans of The Hatchet because the ending sets a world record for the worst ending ever. I would not recommend this book to any outdoor enthusiast or f...more
What would've happened if Brian had never been rescued by the helicopter and had to stay for the winter? "Brian's Winter" was a book that showed me that someone can survive out in the wilderness. Brian was boy in his teens that got stranded in an island. Winter was coming soon so he had to build shelter. With his imagination in his left pocket, he made a little hut out of dried mud. He sometimes came in conflict with a bear that wreaked his hut, but other than that, it was safe. The way he hunts...more
Jason Keddington
This book is part of a series in the Brian books, like Hatchet. It is about a kid named Brian Robeson that learns how to survive in the wilderness with only a hatchet. The more he learns the more he gets smarter. He learns how to create weapons and his hunting skills improve as days go by. This book is a kind of book that once you start reading you cannot put it down or just leave it, because the further you go into the book the more you want to read it. It is intense. I have learned that in sur...more
As a child I never knew that Brian's Winter was in a sense, a sequel to Hatchet. I adored Hatchet and was interested in reading Brian's Winter when I found out about it. I picked it up in a classroom one day when I was subbing. I thought I would be able to read it cover to cover over the course of the day but I just didn't quiet make it. I had to borrow it from another teacher so I could finish the last three chapters. I was very impressed with the book. Brian's character changed a lot during hi...more
Corbin Billington
Many people who read Gary Paulsen’s series of books about Brain Robeson wondered how he would have fared in the Canadian winter if he had not gotten out before the winter set in. Personally, I greatly enjoy reading books about adventure and surviving, so I could not wait to read this book. Living in the wilderness in the summer is one thing, but to survive in the winter is a whole different story. This is why it would be such a big test for Brian. I rated this book five out of five stars because...more
Travis Bughi
I found this book even better than Brain's saga #1, The Hatchet. I read this one immediately after The Hatchet and could not put it down. The blurb reads "one boy confronts the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure" and this couldn't be closer to the truth.

Now along with the coming of winter, Brian's struggle becomes a day-to-day challenge that I fully immersed into. Being alone and struggling day-to-day was something I felt as a kid when I read this, and the descriptions were so vivid I coul...more
Dan Tews
This book was an amazing book to read, because it kept me on my toes the whole time. It had a lot of of description about what was going on. The main character, Brian, is lost in the wilderness and has been surviving the elements of the Canadian winter. He has been attacked by bears, wolves, moose, and much more and is lucky to be alive. It is a great book for kids and even adults if they like adventure books. "Brian's Winter" is a great book to read on a weekend or before you go to bed if you w...more
"In Gary Paulsen's classic novel HATCHET, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is stranded in the Canadian wilderness. To survive, he must rely on his intelligence, his instincts, and one tool: a hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he is rescued at the end of the summer.

But what if Brian HADN'T been rescued? What if Brian had been left to confront his deadliest enemy - winter?

Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy faces the ultimate test...more
Sure, it's an odd alternate-reality sequel, but Gary Paulson wrote it because all the fans of Hatchet wrote to him and were like, but what if that random pilot hadn't come along and saved Brian? I imagine Mr. Paulson was just as interested in that question, so he wrote this book because it needed to be answered. Also, Brian is a badass.

My 3rd grade teacher used to read books aloud to my class, and I remember this one being one of my favorites.
“Brian’s Winter” is a story about a 13 year old boy named Brian. This story is a “what if” scenario from the story the “Hatchet” where Brian was in a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. In the “Hatchet” Brian was rescued at the end of the book, but in this story Brian was never rescued and is forced to survive in a brutal Canadian winter. Overcoming animal attacks and the harsh winter, he eventually gets rescued and returns home. It is a quick read and a great survival story, I would recomme...more
Carol Anne Shaw
BRIAN’S WINTER is the sequel to HATCHET, Gary Paulsen’s award-winning novel about the adventures of Brian Robeson, a boy who finds himself stranded in the Canadian wilderness after the plane he is in goes down. In this book, Brian is suddenly faced with what proves to be a very harsh fall and winter. But he’s a plucky kid, and he knows he has to keep working, keep hunting and keep moving in order to stay alive. He builds a winter shelter, figures out how to make snow shoes, has an encounter with...more
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