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Brian's Hunt Hardcover – December 23, 2003
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This short episode is rife with the kind of gritty--even gruesome--details readers have come to expect from the Newbery Honor author. In an afterword, Paulsen reminds readers that he bases his stories on personal experiences and his extensive knowledge of the wild side of nature.
Confidential to avid fans: an intimation of romance amid all the rugged drama hints that this will not be the last Brian book, either. (Ages 10 to 13) --Emilie Coulter
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Review by "Prince of Persia"
It's the middle of the night and Brian is in the middle of the lake in his canoe. Something wakes Brian up. Though hears nothing, he senses that there is something on the shore of the lake. Something.... but what?
Brian is a boy who has survived the wilderness in the past, and he bravely decides to venture north again. Along the way he mysteriously finds a dog that is lonely, hungry, and hurt. However, when he reaches the Cree camp, he sees no smoke and the dog is nervously shaking.
One of the things that amazes readers is the descriptive language. For example, the author creates a mind picture, which helps you "see" the story. Without the descriptive language it would be difficult to understand the setting. I believe that this book has an enjoyable amount of action. For instance, there is a bear attack scene in the book that is dripping with excitement.
Finally, this is an interesting book because of its suspense. The author writes in such a way that makes you want to read on. The story leads to a scary, surprise ending that will not disappoint the reader!
To sum up, this book a great read because it has action, descriptive language, and suspense. It would be a good idea to read the prequels to better understand the story.
His most iconic figure is Brian Robeson, the star of HATCHET. In that book, Brian was a city kid who ended up crashing into the brush when the pilot of the plane he was in had a heart attack and died suddenly. With only a hatchet - no matches, no sleeping bag, and no supplies, Brian taught himself how to live in the wilderness. His personal growth spread over 54 days, and the book become one of the best-received middle-grade novels ever. If you haven't read it, or your child hasn't read it, you should.
BRIAN'S HUNT is the newest book in the five-volume series. Brian is 16 at the time of this novel, and he's become more certain of himself. He's out on the lakes in Canada, taking his time to get to the Cree American Indian tribe he became friends with during the course of his adventures. He's very much a loner, and has even talked his parents and school into letting him try his hand at home schooling himself.
Paulsen's attention to detail and the ways of nature may prove slow-going to most of today's young readers (unless they're already in love with the series), but you can feel the love the author has for such things. I learned a lot about fishing and hunting during the course of the book, though I intend to do neither, and I could tell my ten year old was filing away details while I read the novel to him.
However, Paulsen always delivers on the action in one of his books, and BRIAN'S HUNT is no exception.Read more ›
It is time slowly spent in the wilderness that makes the wilderness what it is. This book shows that. Brian takes his time hunting, making camp, even hiking. When he does have an encounter with wildlife, it isn't in a "Bambi" way, it is in a natural way. From hunting rabbits for food to hunting a bear, it is done in a realistic way. I especially like how he insists on using as much of an animal as possible, not wasting it.
Read "Gentle Ben" for entertainment, but read this if you want to know what bears can really be like.
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I am sad this might be the last book. I liked how they added the hunt chapter. I thought this was the best book in the series. Read morePublished 7 days ago by aidan
Brian's Hunt was a good book to read considering I can relate to the plot very well. I am from Minnesota and have been to the Boundry Waters Canoe Area a couple of times. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is awesomely awesome I recommend this book to people that like books by Gary Paulsen.
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I found this book to be great as all the other Brian books. I would enjoy more Brian books in the future but not sure where else it could go all in all great bookPublished 1 month ago by Eujeana Boone