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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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A must read for young adults!

User Review  - Angela - Target

I was required to read this when I was in school, probably 4th or 5th grade. I ended up reading all of Gary Paulsens books, and now passed on The Hatchet to my son, who is in 5th grade. He enjoyed it ... Read full review

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A teenager is stranded in the wilderness with nothing but a hatchet. Does he survive the book--and if so, how? 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, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He has written over 100 books for adults and young readers. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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