Hatchet (Brian's Saga Series #1)

Hatchet (Brian's Saga Series #1)

by Gary Paulsen


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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. Hatchet has also been nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416936473
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 01/23/2007
Series: Brian's Saga Series , #1
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 3,239
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 1020L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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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5thgradestudents More than 1 year ago
We recommend this book Hatchet to 5th graders and 6th graders who like adventure and exploration. Most of the book is about a 13 year old boy named Brian who survives in the Canadian Wilderness. He had to survive from wild animals and try not to starve to death! From being a city boy his skills won't help him here.This book is good,read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen was a great "chapter book" for our family. My boys are 10 and 6 years old. They could remember each night what happened the night before because they really cared about the main character, Brian. My son's 3rd grade teacher is now reading it to her class. Even the "restless" kids are silent and still. I think the writing style lends itself a bit better to silent reading as opposed to reading aloud because it is all thoughts in Brian's head. The thought segments made for a bit awkward reading at times but worth the effort. I love books that can offer knowledge we can store in the back of our minds for future reference if needed. Challenging times make us stronger! Some 6 year olds may find some parts too scary, but 8 and up will love it.
nosidamfromjoesfish More than 1 year ago
Nosidam from Joe's Fish Hatchet is any amazing book. Hatchet is a book about a 13 year old boy whose parents are divorced. Just because of a secret. One day he was flying on a plain to see his dad. The next thing you know the plane crashes into a weird shaped looking lake. He is stuck on a stranded island and trying to survive and get back to his dad. He has to survive with very little plant food and salty water. But how will he be able to survive? Read it in the book Hatchet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Normally I have a hard time finding a book I like but when I do I can't put it down. Hatchet is one of those books. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat! This book takes a huge turn when Brian's pilot has a heart attack and the plane crashes. I do disagree with a few things though. For instance, out of nowhere a tornado comes at Brian in the middle of a Canadian forest. Also, an insane moose attacks him in the woods and forces him into a pond. Gary Paulson also makes his sentences one word or half a page. Last his ending was way too short. It was as if he ran out of pages. Overall I recommend this book to action lovers and people who like suspense.
MrRockstar More than 1 year ago
I think this was a great survial book,with action,suspence,and wonder.I reccommed this to all age sizes,i read it when i was 12 and i couldn't stop reading it.It always has you asking questions,will he surive,how will he handle this,what will he do??It's an easy read,and its not that long of a book.Everyone should atleast try to read this book.
Redneck4Ever More than 1 year ago
this is an very awsome book...love it when i was reading it...mostly all your books are great..thanks for your time
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book I have ever read.It is very funny and scary at the same time.EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I am reading it at my school and it is very interesting. ! =]
ellen21 More than 1 year ago
Brian Robeson is a thirteen-year old, flying in a single-engine plane to visit his father. The pilot suffers a massive heart attack and dies. Brian must somehow land the plane. Brian lands the plane but now he is lost and alone in the wilderness with only a hatchet. Will Brian survive? I chose this book because someone told me it was good and it was on my fifth grade reading list. I am ten years old. It's a good story but some of the parts were a little to detailed for me and they made me a little sick to my stomach. I think this book would be good for sixth graders and older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it i read it in fifth grade and LOVED it!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction I like this book for all the cool things Brian does. Description and summary of main points Brain live with his mom and his dad lives in Canada. So fly up to his and the pilot died then the plane goes down in the Canada forest. Brian live out in the forest with bear, moose, wolf, deer, fish and etc. Evaluation How long can Brian live in the Canada food chain. Conclusion I recommended book for boys ten and up. This book funny ,sad and one of the greatest book I have read. Your final review My final review is read this book if your man enough.
lilly_lola More than 1 year ago
HATChET In the book Hatchet, Brian Robenson is driving with his mom to New York to stay with his dad. Because his mom and dad got divorced because his mom cheated on his dad. Right before Brian left the car his mom gave him a hatchet as a gift. While Brian was flying to New York something happened. He was in one of those two person planes which was pretty small. The driver had a heart attack and died the plane stayed up for about an hour. Brian had to think fast to control the plane sense he thought it would just run out of gas and go down. But when the driver had a heart attack he kicked something a little switch or something which through them off course. Sense it was out of gas he crashed into a lake in Canada not New York. And that is were our adventure begins. BY : STEVEN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a boy named Brain, who is thirteen and was on a plane to vist his dad ,cause his mother and father got divorsed ,and while in the plane the pilot of the plane got a heart attack and died. And now Brain was all alone and he had two opptions wait until the plane run out of gas, or pull down the plane and try to land it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A relly great story Mostly recomended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good adventure book but i do not like when it says devorice secret the secret But it tells how brian is thinking
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hatchet is about a 13-year-old boy who is stranded in the Canadian Wilderness and has to find a way to survive with only a hatchet and live off the land. The most critical moments in the book is when the pilot is having a heart attack and when it crashes he has to swim back into the airplane to get medical supplies so he can survive even longer. (The plane crashed in a lake in the wilderness) The story starts off with Brian receiving a hatchet from his mother. He then gets on the plane and starts his trip to the Canadian Wilderness to help his father then out of no where the pilot has a heart attack and he must find a way too fly the plane down safely in a lake and the rest of the story has to do with just trying to survive. The book greatly describes trying to survive when there is no food, no water and no supplies. The author has wrote many books just like hatchet such as..Mr.Tucket,The river, and many more books Brian faces many challenges in this book like staying warm from the cold at night, And trying to keep dangerous animals away from him
DustinWilliams More than 1 year ago
A thriling book for children 11 and up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book because of the adventures and events that have happened in it so far (haven't finished book yet): )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it wants to mzke you keep reading I will warn you that some parts are sad.
lalaland15 More than 1 year ago
This book is on my seventh grade reading list and i'm not a big fan.For one some parts are very unrealistic like if you get rammed by a moose twice and actulally come out of it with a few broken ribs is very unrealistic.Also,they repeat things to often for me like talking about "the secert" for most of the first part of the book.Over all it was very disapointing.I wouldn't recomend it.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet is about a boy named Brian Robeson who is trapped in the wild after a plane crash and all he has is a hatchet to help him survive I like Hatchet because it has a lot of excitement. Hatchet starts out a little slow then it gets good. Hatchet is one of a few books in the series. I would give Hatchet 4 stars out of 5. It is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a great book and I would recommend it for anyone who likes adventure like me. So that¿s why I chose Hatchet for my book review because I wanted you to hear my opinion on the book. Hatchet is only part one in the series the other books include Brian¿s return and Brian¿s winter all by Gary Paulsen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading in class does brian get to his dads house?does he tell his dad the secret?I needto know? Chapters 1-4 i have only read so far good.To me anyway. Sincerly Corious Grace