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Hatchet Paperback – December 26, 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
This Newbery Honor book is a dramatic, heart-stopping story of a boy who, following a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness, must learn to survive with only a hatchet and his own wits. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
From School Library Journal
Grade 8-12 Brian Robeson, 13, is the only passenger on a small plane flying him to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. The plane drifts off course and finally crashes into a small lake. Miraculously Brian is able to swim free of the plane, arriving on a sandy tree-lined shore with only his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. The novel chronicles in gritty detail Brian's mistakes, setbacks, and small triumphs as, with the help of the hatchet, he manages to survive the 54 days alone in the wilderness. Paulsen effectively shows readers how Brian learns patienceto watch, listen, and think before he actsas he attempts to build a fire, to fish and hunt, and to make his home under a rock overhang safe and comfortable. An epilogue discussing the lasting effects of Brian's stay in the wilderness and his dim chance of survival had winter come upon him before rescue adds credibility to the story. Paulsen tells a fine adventure story, but the sub-plot concerning Brian's preoccupation with his parents' divorce seems a bit forced and detracts from the book. As he did in Dogsong (Bradbury, 1985), Paulsen emphasizes character growth through a careful balancing of specific details of survival with the protagonist's thoughts and emotions. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Exciting, fast-paced, easy read but interesting enough for adults. Any book that gets young teen boys excited about reading is a major hit! I have recommended this book numerous times over the years to reluctant readers and the results were always the same.
I am now excited to be sharing these books with my 12 year old grandson and he is as excited about them as his step-dad, my son, was almost 20 years ago.
Over all a great book that's a good read for all ages!
I am a 35 year old mother of 3, ages 17 to 2. I am an avid ready of all genres. I really enjoyed this book. I read it straight through because I was there with him and was rooting for him. As an adult, I could say it was predictable but that would be unfair. The author did an amazing job of making me turn the pages and putting me in the story.
I would recommend this to any child that can handle this level of reading. It is written well and does not talk down to children, like some books do.
I will end my review here so I can begin the next chapter :)