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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Mass Market Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (November 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440407125
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440407126
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

What do you do when you're being charged by a red-eyed furious wall of brown fur that is an insane moose? How do you make a weapon with your bare hands? How do you sneak up on a grouse or a rabbit, kill it with a well-aimed arrow, and cook it over a fire--without a pot? All this and lots more is essential learning for Brian Robeson, the young wilderness survivor in Gary Paulsen's classic novel Hatchet. In writing that book, Paulsen was determined that everything that happened to Brian--the survival techniques and the physical and emotional traumas--would be drawn closely from reality and his own experiences. In Guts he reveals the stories behind Hatchet, as he lived them. Linked to specific incidents from Brian's ordeal are the skills and insights Paulsen learned as a teenager passionately in love with hunting in the north woods of Minnesota, the extremes of exhaustion and cold he knew in running the Iditarod dog races in Alaska, the chilling close-up knowledge of heart attacks from his experiences as a volunteer ambulance driver, the silence and majesty of the wilderness. Some great stories are told here: the child killed by two kicks from the razor-sharp hooves of a small deer, the difficulties of sharing a rescue helicopter ride with a terrified dog team, and some spectacular gross-outs about the nutritional need to eat every part of an animal. Hatchet fans will be agog, and parents and teachers will be thrilled to see the enthusiastic reaction of even the most reluctant readers. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Gr 5 Up-Paulsen's collection of essays (Delacorte, 2001) are intended to draw parallels between his own incredible life experiences and the fictional wilderness survival adventures of Brian Robeson in Hatchet and the sequels, and it's chock full of survival tips. While each chapter begins with a brief paragraph from one of his books, it is not necessary to have read them to enjoy Guts. Brian's methods of survival are drawn from Paulsen's own experiences growing up and working in the north woods. He taught himself to hunt with a rifle at the age of 12, and had been hunting with bow and arrows (which he made himself) for some time before he acquired the rifle. Paulsen describes his first kills and, despite his love of the sport, his mixed feelings about ending the animals' lives. He mentions that the meat of an animal that you've killed and cooked yourself is delicious. And includes numerous tips on cooking without pots or utensils. Chapters like "Things That Hurt," "Killing to Live," and "Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving" provide much practical information on surviving in the wild. He's not sparing with the gory details. Patrick Lawlor's reading is true to the uninterrupted style in which each chapter is written. It is much like listening to one's grandfather reminisce about his youth. A one way conversation to savor, and store up for future use.- Cary Frostick, Mary Riley Styles Public Library, Falls Church, VA α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

More About the Author

Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newberry Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.

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Customer Reviews

This book is a great book it is a book that is all ways keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Blake Shelton
The reason this book is as good is because of how it keeps you wondering what's going to happen next or what was the out come of what had happened to him.
Tom Rials
I would highly recommend this book (as well as Paulsen's novels) to anyone trying to get boys interested in reading.
Claire

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I started reading this book the day it came in the mail and couldn't put it down! I read the entire book in one sitting. In this book, Paulsen describes way more details than in his "Hatchet" series. It is very interesting how he got his information to make "Hatchet" very authentic, from being an ambulance driver, being in the air force, being in the Iditarod, flying planes, being attacked by animals, and having an exciting childhood. One thing I learned about Paulsen that I didn't know before was why and how he learned, as a boy, to be a survivor. You will have to read the book yourself to find this out. It is pretty amazing how he survived some of his experiences, all of which helped make the "Hatchet" series so captivating. Now I know why "Hatchet" has been my favorite book for such a long time. I think anyone would enjoy reading "Guts" by Gary Paulsen.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H.S. Cross on December 23, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There seems to be very little Gary Paulsen hasn't experienced first hand: crashing a bush plane, being pummeled half to death by an angry moose, attempting to drag a 200 pound deer out of a swamp, roasting squirrels over spits, eating bugs, eyeballs, and guts... This is a collection of real life adventures that inspired events in Paulsen's novels. A must-read for fans of these books and for anybody (esp. boys) who love disgusting, dangerous, modern-day survival stories. It's easy to read and gives an appreciation for true survival skills in a world that has largely lost touch with such values. ages 10+
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a student on February 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book Guts is an autobiography about Gary Paulsen. All of the adventures he has been on. How he survived as a kid when he ran away or like the first time he got a book when he walked into a library and an old lady gave him a library card. He has many stories about how he was attacked by moose and how he was saving peoples lives by driving them to the hospital in an ambulance. All of the great stories he has for you it just captures you and makes you want to read and read till you get tiered. The part of the story I liked the most was when he was hunting and got attacked by a moose. A simile that really fits this book is hatchet. This is a great book and I would recommend it to any reader.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
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Guts: The True Story Behind Delacorte Press, 2001, 148 PP,... Hatchet and the Brian Books. ISBN: 0-385-32650-5
Gary Paulsen
BOOK REVIEW
Ever been attacked by a deer, or a moose? Well, Gary Paulsen has, and in Guts, Gary Paulsen talks about how he got the idea for Hatchet and the Brian Books. He tells about how he has spent a good portion of his life roughing it out in the woods and in the snow-covered regions of Alaska.
Also in guts, there are many violent or not so violent scenarios that the author has experienced that played a role in the books. For example, one of them might be moose attacks.
I though Gary Paulsen's experiences in the book were very interesting, how it inspired a major part of the story and all. I enjoyed reading this book; the stories in it were very interesting. The areas of the stories were mostly in woods, parks, or lowly populated areas.
One story in guts tells how Gary Paulsen witnessed a child being killed by a deer. A 4-year-old child was giving a deer a piece of candy. His mother asked him to hold the candy away from the dear for a minute to get a good picture. This angered the deer, and he stomped his hoofs into the boy's chest. The impact of the attack was great; the child was killed in an instant. Everyone around looked at the deer, now in an angry rage. Not too far away, there was a sign that said do not feed the deer.
I highly recommend this book for people 10 and up, who are interested in stories involving the woods, attacks, and even cooking methods.
I rate this book a 9 out of 10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In the autobiography Guts by Gary Paulsen, he explains what life life was like for him growing up in the wild. He explains some of the things that he had done when he was hunting for small game in the woods or something that happened when he he was in the Iditarod in Alaska or when he was being pummled by a moose in the middle of a river heading down stream to set the fall traps. This book is like a autobiograph of ten different people and their childhoods all packed into one person. He has seen things that only some people could think of, and then portrays them in a fairy tale manner. The book does not drag on like some, it is a very fun and exciting book to read and a non stop cliff hanger that will keep you reading until the book is done and then wishing that there was more to read. I suggest this book to anybody of any age.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 28, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is gory and interesting. This book has a variety of true stories. Most of the stories are gory but the last story"The Joy of Cooking". My favorite part is when a little boy was teasing a white tail deer with mints the deer jump up and stabbed the boy in the chest with his hooves.
I like this book it is interesting and gory it is fun to read.
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