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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 was good and bad in my eyes. - LibraryThing
Gary Paulsen is a wonderful writer. - LibraryThing
The ending is abrupt and an extreme deus ex machina. - LibraryThing
The imagery in the book was amazing. - LibraryThing
With Hatchet, there are plot twists everywhere! - LibraryThing

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The thing I recognized immediately with this story was the ability to visualize the emotions that Brian was probably going through during this story - An activity would be for students to visualize ... Read full review

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User Review  - Melina_Hiatt_Easter - LibraryThing

Students interested in the theme of survival will find this Newberry award winner a great read. Following his parent's divorce, Brian flies over the Canadian wilderness to visit his father ... Read full review

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

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