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Brian's Hunt

(Brian's Saga #5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  8,905 ratings  ·  579 reviews
Millions of readers of" Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter," and "Brian's Return" know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization.
When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog
Paperback, 105 pages
Published October 11th 2005 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First off, note the title of this book. I didn’t realize until I was about 60 pages in or so why the book is called Brian’s Hunt.

For myself, I’m an adult now. I read The Hatchet probably about 20 years ago, most likely when it was still a relatively new book. I was a real bookworm, but due to not having such things like internet and google, my only way of finding out if an author had new books was to go to my local bookstore or library and check.

Therefore it wasn’t until a few years ago I realiz
Jane Stewart
If you liked the earlier books, read this. It’s pleasant but I wanted it longer with more stuff.

This is book 5 in the series. Brian was 13 in the first book “Hatchet” when he survived a plane crash and the Canadian wilderness - alone for 54 days. In book 4, Brian is 15 and returns to the wilderness - with supplies to live there for a while. This book is later in that same trip or the next year. He is now 16. He catches fish and shoots game with a bow and arrow. He discovers an injure
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Michael cook
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 21, 2011 rated it liked it
The reason why i chose this book is because i have read the other two books befor it. It book is realleistif ficshon. The teting of the book is out in the north woods of Canada. The mane character lived in the city for most of his life but he was in two different plane crashes and now he calles the north woods his home. The plot of the book is that Brian wants to go see his friends that he spent his three months of his winter with and they are natovamaricans. The conflict of the book is that a d ...more
Oct 11, 2009 rated it liked it
The river and wilderness belong to Brian and his new companion, until he discovers a terrifying scene at a campground nearby his hunting grounds. His closest friend may be in danger, and he is willing to risk his own life in order to protect her.

I have never read a "Brian book" before, although I had read excerpts from Gary Paulsen's various works many times. I liked that Paulsen's style mirrored the situation in the woods--bare-boned and raw.

I recommend this to anyone, especially those kids in
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Interesting. Whereas the previous book of this series, Brian's Return, picks up the story at the end of The River (the first sequel to 1988 Newbery Honoree Hatchet), Brian's Hunt instead follows Brian's Winter, the alternate sequel to Hatchet. Rather than Brian serendipitously releasing a radio signal from the airplane's communicator at the bottom of the lake adjacent to where he was stranded in the Canadian wilderness and subsequently being rescued, he had to bunker down and withstand the ungod ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The saga is over and this book hung.
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book by Gary Paulsen entitled “Brian’s Hunt”, is the fifth and final book in his series. This is a book that I feel will catch the reader’s attention. It is about Brian, the main character, and his continued journey spending his time in the wild fishing and hunting. Brian previously survived on an island for 56 days where he learned how to survive by living off the land. After this life changing experience, Brian no longer feels that he can live in the current society.
Brian starts thinki
Mar 21, 2016 rated it liked it
In the book Brian's Hunt, the main character is a sixteen year old boy named Brian. The book is set in the Canadian wilderness during current times. The main conflict is that a dog shows up from somewhere with a slash down it's side and some other wounds. He then decides to go north and take the dog with him, and ask his Cree friends if they know if anyone has lost a dog. But, when he gets to their camp, he finds the mother and father dead, mauled by a bear, and one of their daughters, Susan, wh ...more
David jones
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I liked this book. It was OK but it wasn't the greatest mainly because for homework I had to fill out a story map about it. I started it a while ago, when I was first assigned to read a independant reading book around my lexile. And this was it. I picked it because it was my lexile reading range and it was only 100 pages so I thought I could fly through it. I started it, then never got around to reading it, even though I was telling myself to read it. I just wanted to read Stephen King. But I fi ...more
Rasmussen C. 7
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy who is about 15 years old and has had tons of crazy experience with the wilderness. He ends up liking it a lot and decides to go camping by himself. In the night he is sleeping and wakes up to a dog whining and crying because it has a huge cut in it so he fix's it up. He has to get food for it and later finds out that it was cut by a bear and belongs to a family but most of it died from the bear. It got into the cabin and killed them but all the kids survived. He goes to ...more
Charles Lai
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The novel I read was Brian's Hunt by Gary Paulsen which is the fifth book of Brian's Saga. Since Brian has decided he belongs in the wilderness, has made friends with the Cree family. Brian is still in the Canadian wilderness as in all the past books. In this story of Brian's life he will make a new friend, have losses, and meet a new enemy. Brian hunts for revenge even though it won't fix what happens, but he'll still go for it. Thais book is overall really good about whats happening with him u ...more
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Terrific read, novella length. (I'd be more of a feral creature like Brian, but for the mosquitoes and biting flies that are acknowledged in these books but not sufficiently described as the peace-wrecking monsters they are.)

Some wonderfully affecting passages about dogs.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good book. I'm glad I chose to read this book because of the real life things Gary puts in to this book. I read the Book Brian's winter that came before this book and I was able to get a lot of the reasons why Brian wanted to be a lone and by himself. I liked the way Gary put the dog into the story making that friendship between a boy and his dog. Gary did a great part of capturing me as a reader in the part when Brian is trying to track the bear but soon realized that he was t ...more
Carson Charves
So I have read a couple of Gary Paulsens books and I have really enjoyed all of them because I am a big fan of the outdoors. I feel like his book really make me feel like I am in the adventure or journey also. Reading this book made me feel like I was his dog listening to him talk out loud or something. If you haven't read the book the hatchet I really suggest you read that because it will make more sense. I don't want to spoil anything but basically he wants to go out in the wood on a little jo ...more
Barbara Schultz
I read Brian’s Return and was looking forward to this novel. Quick read.
I enjoyed Author’s note at the end Gary Paulsen says to “ never say never” since he said Bria's saga #4 was his last; also appreciated his talk on Bears. Since they seem to be coming out of the woods into family swimming pools etc. I did think some of this story was a bit too gruesome. I understand it is an adventure so it was realistic.

Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I very much so enjoyed this book there were points where it gave me the chills and I think that that is what Gary Paulsen was going for, if you don't believe that I have read this book it is about Brian who finds a dog which leads to him finding his friends slaughtered in their cabin and Brian ends up killing the bear that killed them. I'd say that this book had a very good plot that was sad, disturbing, and adventurous.
Drew Anguiano
Nov 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
What I thought of this book is that is was not the greatest but it was not the worst either, I feel like this kind of book just Is not my type of book. Like I feel like Brian could of been in some more action or something. I like how his bow like never left him though, it was like his prised position. He never left it anywhere and always took care of it. And I feel like there was way to much description for how small this book was. I like how there was a lot but for just the book being that smal ...more
Jon Sears
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Read in an hour, sitting at the library. Yes, I sat at a library reading on my day off.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great book that I think is perfect for people that like survival and action books.
Dan Jantson
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Brian's hunt wasn't the best book. It is the last book of the hatchet series but there isn't much to it. It takes place in the wilderness again, following Brian's Return the book before. Brian had finally come back to the woods and he is re learning everything that he had forgotten but he does well. He learns how to fight a bear, that is the only new thing that happens in this book.
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Sam Ayala
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
A little spooky and mysterious.
Ryan Spear
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
If I could give it 2.5 stars, I would. Oddly enough - my main critique is its length - too short. The beginning was lovely: descriptions of Brian settling into his life in the woods, finding the dog, journeying together. However, once the "action" starts it moves pretty quickly. Also some cliched use of the "it's personal" trope. Also - Brian comes off a bit of a braggart - assuming that everyone - park rangers to native peoples - doesn't know as much about life "in the bush" as he does. For exa ...more
Taylor Brazil
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Trevor Bosse
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brians Hunt is one of those books that I never want to let go of and really catches my attention. I love the wilderness and survival so this book is right up my alley. This book had me on the edge of my seat since the first page. If you like survival books and Gary Paulsen I recommend you read Brian's Hunt. I give this book a five star.
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I believe that the Gary Paulsen's main idea of Brian's Hunt was to show how a boy can overcome being in a plane crash and getting stranded on an island, and then two years later go back into the wilderness by himself. The book takes place in the wilderness, with Brian alone in the wilderness. This book is told in third person limited. Brian Roberson is the main character and he is in the wilderness for the first time by himself, just two years after he was in a plane crash. He is a little bit ti ...more
Justin 833
Apr 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who like books with a little action in it.
Brian’s Hunt

The book that I read was Brian’s Hunt. The author is Gary Paulsen and the genre is adventure. I picked this book out because I had read the book Hatchet, which is also by Gary Paulsen. There are many books to this series.
Brian is a kid who knows a lot about the Canadian woods. He was there first when his plane crashed and he had to survive there. Brian has gone back many times to the Canadian woods. He likes it more in the woods then in the city. This time, he goes back to hunt in
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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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Brian's Saga (5 books)
  • Hatchet
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“We don’t like to think of ourselves as prey—it is a lessening thought—but the truth is that in our arrogance and so-called knowledge we forget that we are not unique. We are part of nature as much as other animals, and some animals—sharks, fever-bearing mosquitoes, wolves and bear, to name but a few—perceive us as a food source, a meat supply, and simply did not get the memo about how humans are superior.

It can be shocking, humbling, painful, very edifying and sometimes downright fatal to run into such an animal.”
“He had read somewhere that wolves could eat up to twenty pounds of meat in a single meal and he thought the dog was coming close. She . . . just . . . kept . . . eating.” 2 likes
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