Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

83%

14 Critic Reviews

A prototypical survival story: after an airplane crash, a 13-year-old city boy spends two months alone in the Canadian wilderness...High interest, not hard to read. A winner.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present—and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent’s divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair—it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.
 

About Gary Paulsen

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Gary Paulsen is the author of more than 100 books and the winner of numerous awards, including three Newbery Honors and the Golden Spur Award for Best Young Adult Western.
 
Published August 21, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 220 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, History. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on Oct 18 2011

A prototypical survival story: after an airplane crash, a 13-year-old city boy spends two months alone in the Canadian wilderness...High interest, not hard to read. A winner.

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Examiner

Good
on Jul 20 2012

Hatchet is hard to put down once you start reading.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Phyllis Wilson on Mar 19 2014

After a tornado ravages his campsite—destroying every fragment of his microcosm of civilization—he’s back to square one, with nothing left but the hatchet and what he learned about himself. Classic action-adventure fiction.

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Suite 101

Good
on Apr 04 2008

Kids who love outdoor adventure stories will lose themselves with Brian in the Canadian wilderness, while those whose own lives have been torn apart by divorce will find hope in his survival.

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Common Sense Media

Good

Muscular prose, plus an accurate depiction of the necessities of survival from an author who has lived the details, makes this a riveting, intelligent read.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

This was a thrilling adventure that kept me interested the whole time.

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Teen Ink

Good

I would recommend it to any and all ages looking for a quick and riveting read.

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Teen Ink

Above average
on Mar 25 2014

His nature and survival skills, and adventures helped him live. This is one of the many reasons why I like this book. It is full of tons of suspense and action.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jan 26 2013

I found this book to be very interesting.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Jan 23 2013

Very well spoken and a good cliff hangers. So I would recommend this book to people.

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Teen Ink

Above average

This book especially made me think about how it is to start out with nothing but hatchet and survive with it for more than two months.

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Teen Ink

Good

A great book about Brian and his quest to survive.

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Teen Ink

Good

The book leave you thinking about what will happen next. I liked the book, and I think its really good.

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Helium

Good

I'd recommend this book and any of Paulsen's work to readers who love coming of age novels, other works of Gary Paulsen, or a good adventure novel.

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