- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (December 26, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416936475
- ISBN-13: 978-1416936473
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,087 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers, author of three Newbery Honor titles, Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He has written over 100 books for adults and young readers. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.
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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.
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