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Written by Gary Paulsen

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Hatchet Review

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A powerful story about the physical skills and the mental strength that is needed to survive

Brian has grown up in the city. That’s where he’s comfortable. But on his very first visit to his father following his parents divorce, the small plane he’s flying in crashes. Brian is alone in the Canadian wilderness. All he has with him is the hatchet his mum has given him when he left her. Brian’s thoughtful, careful tactics enable him to find food and shelter and to survive the scarier aspects of the forest, including coming face to face with a bear. But Brian’s survival is also an inner journey of self discovery which makes Hatchet a book of great depth as well as a great adventure.


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Hatchet Synopsis

There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the water and down, down to slam into the lake ...Brian is a city boy. Not used to living rough. Until his plane crash-lands in the Canadian wilderness. All he has is a hatchet - and a desperate will to survive.

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ISBN: 9780330439725
Publication date: 01/07/2005
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780330439725
Publication date: 1st July 2005
Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks

About Gary Paulsen

Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of America's most popular writers for young people. Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read — along with his own library card — he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another. Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, ...

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