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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Book! Medford, Massachussetts
I think Brian's Return is a great book. If you have read Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter (like I have) then you will understand the story better 'cause you probably wouldn't really understand it if you haven't read at least one of those three books that came before this one. This time, Brian is back at home and he can't seem to adjust to his formal life at home...
Published on August 5, 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Milking It For All It's Worth
First of all, you should not read this book if you have not read "Hatchet," which comes earlier in the series. If you like that book enough, you should go straight on to "Brian's Winter," and if you're still interested, read "The River." This will bring you up to where "Brian's Return" begins.
I loved "Hatchet" and "Brian's Winter"-- but after that, author Gary...
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Really Great Book! Medford, Massachussetts, August 5, 1999
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This review is from: Brian's Return (Hardcover)
I think Brian's Return is a great book. If you have read Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter (like I have) then you will understand the story better 'cause you probably wouldn't really understand it if you haven't read at least one of those three books that came before this one. This time, Brian is back at home and he can't seem to adjust to his formal life at home. After he gets into a huge fight with this kid who is jelous of him and gets arrested for it, he decides that the best place for him is back in the woods and so he goes back there. This time, Brian is prepared and he is used to the way the woods is so he can survive. I think this book is awesome and if you have read Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter and liked those books, then I can gaurentee that you will like Brian's Return! Even if you haven't read those books but have read other books by Gary Paulsen then you should get this book!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The third and best sequel to Hatchet, May 17, 2001
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Brian's Return, by Gary Paulsen, is an adventure/survival book about Brian's long-awaited return to the Canadian woods written by Paulsen, a three time Newberry Honor award winner. The story begins with Brian, a 16 year old boy trying to live a normal life. The hard part for him is, he spent 48 days in the Canadian woods after his pilot had a heart attack and it changed his perspective on life. He can't find joy in having his food put right in front of him, or talking about who was going out with whom. After beating up a football player, he sees a counselor named Caleb. Caleb listens to his beautiful descriptions, and tells Brian that the answer was to go back up into the wilderness. He creates a list and a plan for a hundred mile kayak trip to eventually visit the Smallhorns, who rescued him in Brian's Winter. Brian goes through yet another action packed wilderness experience in Brian's Return. This book would be a little hard for young kids to find the true meaning of, so ages 11 and up would be a good reccomended age. Anyone who enjoyed Hatchet and its other sequels will enjoy this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Return, July 15, 2000
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Brian's Return is the third and final sequel to Gary Paulsen's 1988 Newbery Honor book Hatchet. In this sequel Brian is an unhappy 15 year old high school student who is having great difficulty adjusting to a normal "civilized" life after being alone in the wilderness. For almost two years he tries to fit in but he just can't seem to connect with his old friends and their seemingly trivial concerns. Through conversations with a counselor Brian realizes that he must return to the wilderness to find himself and his place in the world. This book chronicles his canoe trip back into the wild. Paulsen's desciptions of the scenery and wildlife are so vivid and realistic that readers will feel they are on the trip with Brian. If you have read Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter, you MUST read Brian's Return. Although it is a little more reflective than the other action packed books, it is still a fitting conclusion to Brian's saga. I highly recommend Brian's Return.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Return, October 22, 2001
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This review is from: Brian's Return (Mass Market Paperback)
The book Brian's Return is a very good book. It's interesting and no matter where you stop reading you can tell something good is coming up next. It's not a high reading level so it's easier to understand. The author explains every thing throw and it's not really at a high reading level.
Brian's Return is the last book in a series. The first book was called Hatchet, second was The River, third was Brian's Winter, and then Brian's Return.
Hatchet was about when it all started. Brian was flying on a single engine plane to see his dad up North. The pilot had a heart attack and the plane went down in a lake in the middle of the wilderness. He had to learn how to survive alone in the wilderness with only a hatchet for fifty-four days.
In The River, the government asked Brian to go back to the wilderness and show astronauts and the military his survival techniques that kept him alive. Derek Holtzer went with him to observe him and take notes. But during a storm, Derek was hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Brian builds a raft a tries to transport Derek to the nearest town down the river for medical help.
Brian's Winter is a little different, it takes after Hatchet. The author made it that what if Brian didn't get rescued and had to make it through the winter. The stakes were raised for survival. Brian had the longest winter ever.
Finally, Brian's Return. Brian was rescued every time before and brought back to his mom in the city. After everything Brian has gone through he has to try to fit back in with the city life. He had to get used to the tv, stove, microwave, grocery store, noisy vehicles, and everything else that he had learned to live with out. He started school again and tried to make friends and hang out, but he doesn't feel that he fits in. The whole time he is in the city he can't quite thinking of the wilderness and how much he wanted to go back. Nobody was really interested in what he felt and his stories. He felt alone until he meet a blind guy named Caleb. Caleb was very interested in what Brian had to say and always asked him to describe the scenes that he has seen. Caleb understands that Brian needed to go back to the wilderness and helped him. His mom didn't want to go but let him considering he would only be gone for a month or two and he brought some supplies such as a canoe, tent, and some food.
With both his parents gave him permission, Brian made arrangements and went back to the bush. Once he got there a thought came to him, "Should I go back home at the end of fall or stay here were I belong?"
In conclusion, I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read about wilderness and survival. If you read the first three books, then this book would be better and easier to understand. I enjoyed this book very much and I think you would too. I definitely give it 5 stars.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian's Return, January 7, 2001
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This review is from: Brian's Return (Hardcover)
This book was about a boy named Brian who stayed in the wilderness for awhile and went to the city with his mother. He didn't like it in the city. One of the days he was in the city he got into a fight and got put with a counselor to fix his problem. After awhile he went back to the woods because he didn't like it in the city and because he wanted to go back. He thought that he would behave better in the wilderness rather then the city. He took a cab to a cabin of a pilot and then took a plane to a river. From there he took a canoe to find a campsite. Along the way he got into many more adventures. I really liked this book and would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventures. Also to someone who has already read the other books by Gary Paulsen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good, December 20, 2012
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very good, my son like it very much. he finish read it in 1 day and he make the book as he book report.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Milking It For All It's Worth, December 3, 2002
This review is from: Brian's Return (Mass Market Paperback)
First of all, you should not read this book if you have not read "Hatchet," which comes earlier in the series. If you like that book enough, you should go straight on to "Brian's Winter," and if you're still interested, read "The River." This will bring you up to where "Brian's Return" begins.
I loved "Hatchet" and "Brian's Winter"-- but after that, author Gary Paulsen added two more books to the series, which he shouldn't have. I was quite disappointed, and feel that this book tainted the series: It's filled with a great deal of one-sentence (and even one-word) paragraphs--I believe that Mr. Paulsen was trying to fill up enough space to publish what qualified as another "book." You should note that this watered- down story fills 115 tiny pages--and the book went straight to paperback. I don't think that Mr. Paulsen took this book so seriously as the earlier ones.
However, there's plenty to satisfy fans of the series: For example, short portraits of how Brian reacted when he got back home and his trouble fitting back into school. Even better is an interaction between Brian and an adult who sees things his way--a fellow man of the woods.
If you're an ardent fan of the series (as I was and still am), you probably can't resist buying this book anyway. But if you're not sure, you aren't missing much by passing it up.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Disapointer, March 8, 2006
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This review is from: Brian's Return (Mass Market Paperback)
Have you ever read a great book and then had been very disappointed with the sequel? That's exactly what will happen if you read Gary Paulsen's series of books starting out with Hatchet. All of his books are great until you read Brian's Return. Brian, the kid who was lost in the Northern Canadian Woods for the whole fall and winter, is having trouble in high school. His life was chanced ever since his small plane crash into the woods. Now, he's confused because he doesn't understand why some people live the way they do. For example, his old friends always wanting to ride there bikes or play video games at the mall. He gets in a fight with another teenager in his school. The police make him get a little help from an old blind man that helps teenagers with there problems. Brian tells him why he got in a fight, and why he's so different. He thinks Brian should take a visit back to the woods. Of course, he does, but once he goes there isn't really an ending. I didn't like this book because when Brian goes back to the woods, there's no conflict or problem like there is in almost every story. Also, the story focuses on very stupid things like Brian loving tea and Shakespeare' s plays. This book will be disappointing if you read Gary Paulsen's other books, but boring and confusing if you don't read the other books. I wouldn't recommend reading this book for fun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a smelly book, November 10, 2000
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This review is from: Brian's Return (Hardcover)
Brian's return is a book about a 16 year old who has finally been rescued form the wilderness.The time is about a year later after Brian has been rescued form the wilderness of Canada. (I recommend you read the first three before reading this one our at least the first one).Brian can't stand living in the city and wants to return to the wilderness but if he dose he will bring a couple helpful items.The question is will he? If you liked The hatchet and the other two and would like to know the final ending of Brian's adventures i recommend this book.This book is not as action packed as the other three but is a very surprising and fun book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, January 13, 2003
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This book written by Gary Paulson is outstanding. This book is very fun and easy to read. If you are a reader that loves the outdoors this book is for you. This book is about brian, a fourteen year old boy is alone in the woods. He is lost. He only has a few things that can help him stay alive, and he has to face the hardest challenge of all WINTER. Can he stay alive?
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