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Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Newbery Honor–winning survival novel Hatchet with a pocket-sized edition perfect for travelers to take along on their own adventures. This special...
Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Newbery Honor–winning survival novel Hatchet with a pocket-sized edition perfect for travelers to take along on their own adventures. This special...
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  • Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Newbery Honor–winning survival novel Hatchet with a pocket-sized edition perfect for travelers to take along on their own adventures. This special anniversary edition includes a new introduction and commentary by author Gary Paulsen, pen-and-ink illustrations by Drew Willis, and a water resistant cover. 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.

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  • 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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  • DOGO Books jc20 - The story, The Hatchet, happened in a forest near the border of Canada and USA. The main character, Brian, was going for a trip to Canada and visit his father. But on the way, the pilot got an heart attack and died, so the plane crashed into a pound in the mysterious Forest. Brian has to survive in the forest with just a hatchet. Throughout the story, I think Brian is tough and brave. He developed skills that could help him survive in the forest. For example, he learned how to hunt, fish, make fire and other skills that helped him sustain his life in the dangerous forest. It is hard for a person to survive in a dangerous forest alone. But after a period of time, he improved and started to build weapons such as bows and arrows that make his job more efficient. I enjoy reading this story because the author taught me a lesson with this story. You have to persist on doing a thing that helps you to accomplish your goal. As we can refer to the story, Brian’s job is to survive and find his way back to home. Though it things seems impossible to me, but he didn’t give up, he persisted on accomplishing his goal. In our daily life, although there are problems and challenges that we don’t want to face or dare not take on. But if you keep on trying, eventually, you would succeed. Do things with passion and persistence, in return, you might receive happiness and joy.
  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 1, 1987
    When the pilot of a small, two-person plane has a heart attack and dies, Brian has to crash land in the forest of a Canadian wilderness. He has little time to realize how alone he is, because he is so busy just trying to survive. And learning to survive, to plan on food not just for a day but untiland ifhe is rescued, only begins when he stops pitying himself and understands that no one can help him. He is on his own, without his divorced father, whom he was to visit, or his mother, whom Brian saw kissing another man before the divorce. This is a heart-stopping story: it seems that at every moment Brian is forced to face a life-and-death decision, and every page makes readers wonder at the density of descriptive detail Paulsen has expertly woven together. Poetic texture and realistic events are combined to create something beyond adventure, a book that plunges readers into the cleft of the protagonist's experience. Ages 11-13.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 1, 1988
    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.

  • Kirkus Reviews, starred review "This is a spellbinding account...a winner."
  • Booklist, starred review "Riveting."

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