''A heart-stopping story something beyond adventure, a book that plunges readers into the cleft of the . run for the plane without stopping to remove the hatchet. .. Going to die, gonna die, gonna die—his whole brain screamed it in the. Hatchet has also been nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American I dont agree with it taking nearly 2 weeks for a book thats in stock to get to me. Great product and in perfect condition. Read full review . Hatchet. Front Cover. Gary Paulsen. Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, - Juvenile Fiction - pages From inside the book book Read full review.
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Read full review this book was downloadd for my grandsons birthday I know he will Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room are Newbery Honor Books. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen - Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Newbery Honor–winning survival novel Hatchet with a pocket-sized edition perfect for. Booklist Online Book Review: Hatchet. This page - along with the full text of over , other reviews and articles - is available only to.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 14, Faith rated it did not like it. Though the story was compelling, very compelling, compelling enough that I finished it despite the compelling urge to throw it out the window, I don't think I could ever read it again.
The window, oh the shiny window, the shiny open window was very tempting. This book was so repetitious, why so repetitious, I know not why this book was so repetitious, but the repetitions made me want to pull my hair out. My brown hair, the brown hair on my head, the hair that was brown that was on my head. I did Though the story was compelling, very compelling, compelling enough that I finished it despite the compelling urge to throw it out the window, I don't think I could ever read it again.
I did listen to it on CD, which might have been part of the problem. Bruce said he didn't notice it as much when he read the book, but when you read it, your mind kind of skips over things, things that might be repetitious, the repetitious things might have been skipped over that make you want to pull your hair out and throw the book out the window.
View all 69 comments. May 10, Rachel rated it did not like it Recommends it for: No one. This is the worst book I have ever read. So when I was in the 7th grade, Mrs.
Randall formerly Sr. It's about this stupid snot of a kid whose parents are getting divorced mom and dad broke up! I'd rather be faced with the zombie apocalypse or a gang of mass murdering rapists than being stuck in the middle of Canada so snot-face has to learn to survive on his own.
He has a hatchet that his mom gave him though I really can't say what possessed her to give her poor no-one-wants-me warning signs of future school shootings son a HATCHET, but she does and he eventually stops crying and figures out how to pick berries and chop trees. Or saplings. Or something. I don't know. And Mrs.
View all comments. Read for our classics readalong series! View all 14 comments. Sep 18, Daniel Lowder rated it did not like it. What I learned from Hatchet: If you see a man grimacing in pain, it could be a heart attack. If this man is the pilot of a charter prop plane that you're flying alone in, you could be fucked. If you eat mysterious berries, they just might give you severe diarrhea.
And, having just been marooned in a plane crash, you could lack the proper facilities to expel the diarrhea within. So, you could end up shitting your brains out in a cave. Since the tender age of 9, when I glanced upon the pages o What I learned from Hatchet: Since the tender age of 9, when I glanced upon the pages of this book, I have had a fear in regards to shitting in the wild. Fuck you, Gary Paulsen. View all 11 comments. Fans of survival novels. I have to be honest. At first I was having a serious 'really?
The same word would be repeated three times. The same sentences twice. I was steeling myself to keep listening and hope it got better. It did. By the end of this novel, I totally realized why it is a Newberry Award winner.
Hatchet is a story of survival.
The protagonist is a thirteen-year I have to be honest. The protagonist is a thirteen-year-old city boy who ends up stranded in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot of the small plane he's flying in has a heart attack and dies. I have to tell you, I am very impressed with this kid.
I think I would have freaked like nobody's business. He does freak out at first and I don't blame him , but ultimately shows a fortitude that inspires awe in this reader. He goes from a scared, helpless boy to a survivor. The Brian that was has to be broken down and reassembled into a Brian that can survive his new reality.
He learns how to meet his needs in the harsh wilderness, and he comes out of it forever changed. I don't know why, really.
I don't even go camping or hiking, although I love the outdoors. I think it's because I love the idea of a person being resourceful and pitting their skills and mentality against the unprejudiced, often unsympathetic wild. Not conquering it, but learning to live in harmony, becoming a part of a vast ecosystem in a way that we can't do stuck in our comfortable city and surburban environs, another entity in the web of life.
I would definitely recommend this book if you are of a similar mind. I liked that Brian doesn't get it too easy. Not at all. He has to learn from his mistakes, and take the advantages that providence sends his way. He learns to keep food in his belly, to make a secure shelter, and to appreciate and anticipate the dangers of his environment.
And in the process, he finds peace. He looks inside and finds his true self. That's what solitude and a oneness with nature will bring. I have always felt my most at peace in two places: So I really appreciated this aspect of the book.
Brian starts out a boy who is emotionally lost at sea when his father and mother divorce, weighted down with the knowledge of his mother's infidelity; and finds that what seemed like tragedy and the end of his world will not conquer him. If he can survive the harsh elements of nature, all by himself, he can live with his family's fragmentation, and live to see the next day and the days after that. I think this book is a metaphor for life.
Life is harsh and we have to grow and change to survive it. We can't give up, descend into pity, and expect to be saved. We have to be strong and fight to save ourselves, whether it's physically, mentally, or emotionally. Although this book had a very shaky start, I do have to agree that this is a winner. And I tell you what, this young man had a lot of lessons to teach me, lessons he learns the hard way.
That's the power of a good fiction novel for me. View all 21 comments. Jul 04, Celeste rated it it was amazing Shelves: Some books imprint themselves on your mind and stay with you. You can remember vividly where you were when you first read them. Hatchet is one of those books for me. I remember being in Mrs. So, when a copy finally made it back Some books imprint themselves on your mind and stay with you.
So, when a copy finally made it back to the book cubbies that lined the back of the classroom, I nabbed it.
And I totally saw what the fuss was about. Survival stories have been popular for centuries. So what was so special about Hatchet? It was the story of a thirteen-year-old plane-crash victim struggling to survive in the Canadian wilderness. With nothing but his hatchet.
This was a main character who was close to our age. Who was struggling to accept the recent divorce of his parents, which was something that multiple kids in our class were going through, and that the rest of us feared. Who had absolutely none of the knowledge and skills seemingly necessary to make it in the wild. Like the rest of us. Seriously, what middle school kid would actually know what to do if they were dropped in the woods, alone, with no supplies and no tools except for a hatchet?
And survive Brian does. Brian gets put through the wringer. This poor child get severely sunburned, violently ill from bad fruit, attacked by various forest dwellers, and more. Not to mention the near starvation he is constantly battling. As a twelve-year-old, this book was terrifying and empowering and completely enthralling. So thanks, boys in my class, for getting me interested.
You never know; the things you learn from this book could save your life if you ever get stranded alone in the middle of a forest. For more of my reviews, as well as my own fiction and thoughts on life, check out my blog, Celestial Musings. View 2 comments. Despite some of the repetition getting annoying from time to time, Hatchet is an engrossing story of survival for a young boy unfortunate enough to endure a plane crash to become stranded in the Canadian wilderness. For the most part the story sticks to realistic stuff, concentrating mainly on hunger and food.
So many other survival stories focus on more, but really the basics of food and hunger and survival would be the forefront issue most would encounter if stranded alone. It sets in fast and Despite some of the repetition getting annoying from time to time, Hatchet is an engrossing story of survival for a young boy unfortunate enough to endure a plane crash to become stranded in the Canadian wilderness. It sets in fast and it's almost constant.
Brian shows he has what it takes to survive, but the author doesn't make the child come across as anything super since he shows that nature is uncontrollable and that it's luck of the draw for us all. The author even ends the narrative of the story saying that if Brian had been unlucky enough to be stranded during wintertime in the Canadian wilderness, he very likely wouldn't have survived at all.
His dependency on the lake is the only reason he made it past the first few days, and then subsequent months, but a frozen lake would have nixed that. Although realistic with its focus on hunger and survival, it did have an unlikely tornado that felt contrived.
Still the story can be forgiven this, as it focused on things like swarms of mosquitoes, baking sun, a random rude moose and other concerns. Brian didn't venture far from the landing, and I'm not sure I would have either.
A more cautious method that worked. Not sure what I would have done in his circumstances, but I see the point that the chances of shelter like that would have been few and far between. Written for children, it's more interesting and educational than upsetting. I do wish the author had spent more time granting us a deeper afterword.
I realize the point of the story was the struggle, but I like to see more time involved with the after effect. Just a pet peeve of mine. We did get a small one at least. Besides the survival story being the focus, the Secret also weighed heavy in his mind, and ends up being a continuous thing he has to carry.
The story ties into the Hatchet being the main tool he used to get started, but I do have to wonder why kind of random present that is that a mother gives a young boy. Either way, came in handy. Even if the repetition with the writer's style grew too much at times, it was to the point and paced well. I can see why it won so many children's awards, including Newberry Honor. Nov 02, Joseph rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: View all 4 comments. The writing just flows and you're constantly worried about Brian.
Having to survive with nothing else but a hatchet and the clothes on your back can't be easy. I loved seeing how innovative his brain worked. Making tools from his environment. It was super impressive for a thirteen year old boy.
I practically flew through the pages. View 1 comment. This is a great book. It's a good adventure story for early teens. I think it should have won the Newberry Medal for and so it goes.
Brian has to survive in the Canadian Woods on his own for a summer. He learns to make fire, shelter and hunt for fish and birds. There is also a divorce theme going on as Brian's parents have recently split. This is your typical survival tale. Brian does face some harsh environments and he learns to be tough physically and more importantly - mentally.
He doesn This is a great book. He doesn't give in to feeling sorry for himself. This is very well written and there is a reason it is so popular. His first book, Special War, was published in He was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Gary Paulsen.
Alone 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 his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce.
A drive in silence, a long drive in silence. Two and a half hours of sitting in the car, staring out the window of the plane. Once, after an hour, when they were out of the city she turned to him. How could he tell her what he knew? So he had remained silent, shook his head and continued to stare unseeing at the countryside, and his mother had gone back to driving only to speak to him one more time when they were close to Hampton.
She reached over the back of the seat and brought up a paper sack. Inside there was a hatchet, the kind with a steel handle and a rubber handgrip. The head was in a stout leather case that had a brass—riveted belt loop. There were some farm trucks on the roads now and she had to weave through them and watch traffic.
You know. In the woods with your father. See how it looks on your belt. Those were the normal things he would say. But her voice was thin, had a sound like something thin that would break if you touched it, and he felt bad for not speaking to her.
Knowing what he knew, even with the anger, the hot white hate of his anger at her, he still felt bad for not speaking to her, and so to humor her he loosened his belt and pulled the right side out and put the hatchet on and rethreaded the belt. She nodded. My little scout. Because it was a bush flight from a small airport there had been no security and the plane had been waiting, with the engine running when he arrived and he had grabbed his suitcase and pack bag and run for the plane without stopping to remove the hatchet.
So it was still on his belt. At first he had been embarrassed but the pilot had said nothing about it and Brian forgot it as they took off and began flying.
More smell now. Brian turned again to glance at the pilot who had both hands on his stomach and was grimacing in pain, reaching for the left shoulder again as Brian watched. Bad aches. Thought it was something I ate but. Even Brian could see how bad it was—the pain drove the pilot back into the seat, back and down.
And then he knew. Brian knew. Oh God, my chest is coming apart! The pilot was having a heart attack. He had gone down and screamed about his chest. An old man.
Much older than the pilot. The pilot was having a heart attack and even as the knowledge came to Brian he saw the pilot slam into the seat one more time, one more awful time he slammed back into the seat and his right leg jerked, pulling the plane to the side in a sudden twist and his head fell forward and spit came. Spit came from the corners of his mouth and his legs contracted up, up into the seat, and his eyes rolled back in his head until there was only white.
Could only see it in stages. The pilot had been talking, just a moment ago complaining of the pain. He had been talking. Then the jolts had come. The jolts that took the pilot back had come, and now Brian sat and there was a strange feeling of silence in the thrumming roar of the engine—a strange feeling of silence and being alone. Brian was stopped. He was stopped. Inside he was stopped.
He could not think past what he saw, what he felt. All was stopped.
The very core of him, the very center of Brian Robeson was stopped and stricken with a white—flash of horror, a terror so intense that his breathing, his thinking, and nearly his heart had stopped. Seconds passed, seconds that became all of his life, and he began to know what he was seeing, began to understand what he saw and that was worse, so much worse that he wanted to make his mind freeze again. He was sitting in a bushplane roaring seven thousand feet above the northern wilderness with a pilot who had suffered a massive heart attack and who was either dead or in something close to a coma.
He was alone. In the roaring plane with no pilot he was alone. About The Author.