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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
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Nov 22, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: library-and-information-science, resources-for-ya, ya-fiction, young-adult, juvenile-fiction, award-winner
Read in January, 1993

I remember reading this book in 5th or 6th grade, before I was technically a teenager.

I think that the original appeal of this book was the adventure story aspect and the fact that the main character is a young man who must struggle for survival.

This book could take place in more than one time period. Eventhough we have technology now that would have made Brian's experience easier and briefer, there is no guarantee that you would have it with you or that it would work in case of emergency.

I think that this book is still being read because of the adventure story and the survival skills that Brian uses to survive. It is interesting to young people (especially boys) to hear about other young people who survive in difficult situations, such as Brian's.

The characterization of Brian in this book reconcile with my view of a resourceful and outdoorsy young person.

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