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This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor. Hatchet has also been nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.
At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.
"This is a spellbinding account...a winner."
-- Kirkus Reviews, starred review
-- Booklist, starred review
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Feeling nostalgic, I decided to go ahead and pick this up to re-read it after all these years. It holds up decently as an adult but you really notice it's flaws.
My main complaint is that it ends so abruptly. I don't remember that, but the end of the books feels really rushed, like the author said, "Whoops, I'm going on too long here," and decided to wrap it up quickly. Not so noticeable as a young kid with a short attention span but pretty jarring when an adult. Still, this book was made for kids so it's excusable.
This coming of age story about survival and finding oneself after being left to ones own devices in the wilderness. This novel reminded me a lot of another young adult book I read a few years ago and loved, "Touching Spirit Bear". Unlike "Touching Spirit Bear", "Hatchet" starts with Brian, child of recently divorced parents, being sent to visit his father in Canada where he now works. Brian is being flown from his mother's in Long Island on a single prop plane when the pilot has a heart attack mid-flight, dies and Brian survives the crash of the plane.
Like all good coming of age stories, Brian encounters his share of believable, but harrowing encounters with nature, animals and his own internal demons (his parents divorce and the secret he knows that led to their break-up). As a child of divorce, I can still relate to the emotional turmoil that Paulsen creates with Brian and can imagine how much more powerful this book would be to an early teen going through life transformations, especially someone in a similar family situation. As an adult, I found this to be a entertaining read and adventure and will be certain my younger two children read it as they get older.