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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
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May 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, young-adult
Read in November, 2012

I read this book when I was 12 and I remembered loving it. So fifteen years later, I thought I ought to reread it. So good! Brian Robeson is thirteen years old when he got on a small plane to visit his father. En route, the pilot died from a heart attack and the plane crashed into the Canadian wilderness. For the next several months, Brian survived in the wilderness, learning how to hunt, protect himself from the elements and ultimately, deal with his parents' divorce.

It isn't a very action-packed book. His is all alone, so there isn't a whole lot of conversation. Instead, he mostly reflects on his survival techniques and his dependence on his hatchet, a gift given to him from his mother hours before his plane took off. I really enjoyed this book and I think it would make a great book for younger readers, especially boys.

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