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
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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.
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