I could not stop reading Hatchet. The story is astonishing - not least because author Gary Paulsen says he himself experienced nearly everything that happens to the book's only real character, Brian. The adventures and threats and risks and successes of trying to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness are told in rich detail. But the most riveting parts of Hatchet are those that show how Brian's mind works, because his brain, even more than his body, has to make sense of his new world. Paulsen brilliantly describes, sometimes second by second, how Brian wrestles with shock, fear, confusion, and the absolute need to survive. Although to my surprise I found six or eight typos in this edition, I consider the story and the writing outstanding.