Brian had been distraught over his parents' im ...more
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1. If you see a man grimacing in pain, it could be a heart attack. If this man is the pilot of a charter prop plane that you're flying alone in, you could be fucked.
2. If you eat mysterious berries, they just might give you severe diarrhea. And, having just been marooned in a plane crash, you could lack the proper facilities to expel the diarrhea within. So, you could end up shitting your brains out in a cave. Since the tender age of 9, when I glanced upon the pages o ...more
Read for our classics readalong series! Discussion next Friday 5/29 on the blog.
Hatchet is a 1986 young-adult wilderness survival novel written by American writer Gary Paulsen.
It is the first novel of five in the Brian's Saga series. Brian Robeson is a thirteen-year-old son of divorced parents. As he travels from Hampton, New York, to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack.
Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake--and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wi ...more
Hatchet is a story of survival. The protagonist is a thirteen-year ...more
Just imagine........you're 13 years old......you're riding shotgun in a Cessna......your pilot is suddenly unconscious. What do you do?
After the crash, young Brian Robeson has a big problem, much bigger than his secret. In shock, without food or water and alone in the north woods of Canada, he had only his wits and a hatchet as survival tools.
Brian comes face-to-face with some pretty scary and dangerous creatures of the night.....and day....that made for a great learning experience for...more
Brian has to survive in the Canadian Woods on his own for a summer. He learns to make fire, shelter and hunt for fish and birds. There is also a divorce theme going on as Brian's parents have recently split.
This is your typical survival tale. Brian does face some harsh environments and he learns to be tough physically and more importantly - mentally. He doesn ...more
before he leaves , his mother gives him a hatchet. after, he sets off, he talks with the pilot and has a little fun by piloting the airplane swerving and swoppoing up and down. until suddenly, the pilot has a heartattack becasue of gas and dies. brian is forced to fly the plane himself, but until t ...more
Seriously, I read this maybe in fourth grade? It was definitly in elementary school, because I remember it was at the same time that we we doing "survival skills"* in Girl Scouts. Not that I ever wanted to be trapped by myself in the wilderness, but I spent a lot of my time in my backyard pretending to find flint with my sister, and starting imaginary fires to keep warm. In winter we dug ourselves igloos. I always went camping with my parents, so this book started a lot of Q&A's ...more
This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up challenge I am doing. ...more
Hatchet is probably the worst book I have ever read, and I have read a lot of books. The only reason wh ...more
On his way to visit his father after his parents have divorced, Brian's plane crashes, deep in the Canadian wilderness. Brian is the only survivor. How will he keep himself alive?This book was recommended to me by a kid at church, and her enthusiasm convinced me to pick it up.
I would have loved this book when I was the right age for it. It's an excellent tale of determination and resourcefulness, as 12-year-old Brian explores his surroundings and searches his brain for every lit ...more
This is a book that really has you rooting for poor unlucky Brian to have something turn out right for once, he faces horrible situation after horrible situation! I love survival stories, children without adult stories, this is quite a tough story, I err on the survival stories where you have some sort of home created, some comforting details, much appreciated because of the hardship. Brian certainly had a lot of hardship and how ironic that when he finds (view spoiler)[ after 2 months ...more
I'd give this book 3.5 stars if I could. Basically the stuff which makes it a classic and is indeed very good is the adventure/survival stuff (he is the sole survivor of a plane crash deep in the woods and has nothing but a hatchet). Both the details of what he is doing to survive, and the psychological changes he goes through in his attempt to survive are believable, interesting, and illuminating.
There is a second thread in the book which is him pro ...more
A book i have heard about my whole life but never actually picked up… Hatchet has been sitting on my TBR pile for over 8 years and finally, i decided to pick it up. Being as it is a middle-grade novel and not as mature as i am used to, i am going to review it that way and not compare it with other YA or Adult novels. I have to say i was surprised by how much i enjoyed it even though it definitely held some major flaws.
The writing style is one of those flaws; i did not like it. I’m so ...more
Hatchet I definitely read in middle school at the instruction of my librarian (we had a sort of once-weekly class in the library to introduce us to t ...more
Okay I am reading this book as a part of my reading challenge for the year to reread a book that we read in school. I remember this book being read aloud to me in the classroom because the teacher couldn't trust us to actually sit and read the book ourselves.
Foreshadowing? Coincidence? Maybe not.
In case you haven't read the other reviews, this book is about a 13 year old kid named Brian who endures a terrible plane crash and ends up being stranded by himself in the wilds of ...more
I had just read “The Life of Pi” a few weeks ago and enjoyed it immensely despite its otherwise relatively boring, dialogue-less narrative – one that can be expected from a book about a shipwrecked teenage boy (albeit with a Bengal tiger for company). This children's book, Hatchet, had a similar plot: thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson was on his way to see his father ...more
When I first read Hatchet, at around ten or twelve, I devoured it time and time again. The idea of learning wilderness survival with nothing but a hatchet and my own wits prickled the pores of my baby-smooth chest with visions of man-hair, tufts and tufts of it, more than I knew what to do with, for after fini ...more
Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve ...more