Hatchet (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 25, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

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The plot was believable and thought provoking. - LibraryThing
The ending is abrupt and an extreme deus ex machina. - LibraryThing
Gary Paulsen is a wonderful writer. - LibraryThing
Great plot and strong character. - LibraryThing
The ending, though, is incredibly rushed. - LibraryThing
The writing, however, shows humanity at its finest. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - jnwelch - LibraryThing

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is a well-written survival story featuring 13 year old city boy Brian, alone in the Canadian wilderness. His parents are divorcing. The two-seater plane in which he's traveling ... Read full review

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I remember reading this book in elementary school as a 4th grade student and being disgusted by some of the graphic descriptions of 13 year old Brian who is stranded in a forest after a plane crash. I ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred books for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He lives in New Mexico, Alaska, and on the Pacific.

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