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Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 195 pages
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After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

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User Review  - Sonya.Contreras - LibraryThing

The added drama of the mom's infidelity was not necessary for a children's book, nor for the book's plot. Wish that had been left out. Otherwise, boys enjoyed the suspense, the problem-solving, the learning, the survival techniques...Good read. Read full review

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Book Review 16 March 2017Book Details
Hatchet is a survival-fiction book; it is a recipient of the Newbery Medal and sold more than 4.5 million copies. It is written by Gary Paulsen, who holds two Newbery medals for Hatchet and Dogsong, and a Margaret Edwards Award for his lifetime contribution into writing for teens.
It is set in the Canadian wilderness, or more specifically, the wilderness of Yukon. It is where Brian crashed his plane and has to survive.
The main character is Brian, a boy who is dealing with his parent’s divorce and crash landed into the wilderness of Yukon, he needs to learn to survive and the supporting characters are Terry his best friend and Brian’s mother.
Plot description
Thirteen year –old Brian is going to visit his father in a bush plane, which when he is flying crashes, he is now forced to learn to survive with nothing but a hatchet and a tattered windbreaker and while handling with his parent’s divorce…… or die.
Perseverance is a main theme in Hatchet, Brian’s English teacher Mr. Perpich lectured that”You are your most valuable asset. Don’t forget that. You are the best thing you have.” That motivated Brian into never giving up surviving in the woods.
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Even though Hatchet is universally praised, I feel that the book made little impact on me, the story is forgettable and within a few minutes it gets kind of boring, I feel like the story is trying (albeit not succeeding) to grip me and the struggles of Brian are very forced, like take for example “In the book Brian gets his head stuck in mud, if that wasn’t stupid enough, he ran out of air and was literally drowning in mud, and it even says he saw flashes of color in his mind?” The good thing is that the story exaggerates its exciting parts like Brian’s struggles in the wilderness, getting you a better atmosphere of the story and Hatchet also uses descriptive words and sentences and breathtaking combos of English.

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Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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