Author: Gary Paulsen
Lexile Level: 1020
Many have encouraged me to read Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, finally I decided to give it a try. I'm not a huge fan of reading, however I was told that I would thoroughly enjoy every page of what was described as an "edge of my seat" read. I love a good book that puts you on edge and makes one feel like he or she absolutely must know the events on the next page. Therefore, how could I turn down a persuasion like that? I had to get a hold of this fictional novel.
Brian Robeson, the main character of the novel, is a thirteen year old boy from New York City. His parents are divorced, and Brian's recent discovery of his mother's affair weighs heavily on him. Brian boards a small, two-person plane headed toward the Canadian woods to visit his father. While flying, Brian receives a quick lecture on how to fly the plane. The pilot experiences some pain in his shoulder, arm, and stomach, but Brian dismisses it as nothing serious. Soon after, the pilot begins to jerk in his seat, he has a heart attack and dies quickly. Brian is forced to take control of the plane, however he cannot fly it successfully and the plane crashes into a lake in the Canadian woods. Brian survives the crash with minor injuries, however he has no food and little experience in the wilderness. Brian assumes he will be rescued soon by a search plane, however he is wrong. Brian Robeson is stranded in the woods for fifty-four days. Brian undergoes many hardships, makes many mistakes, but through each mistake learns. Brian makes his first mistake when he eats some unidentifiable berries he finds that later make him very ill. Brian makes plenty of other mistakes during his fifty-four day stay in the wilderness. While stranded, a plane flies over Brian giving him a sliver of hope. The plane does not stop, however, and continues on its way leaving Brian devastated. At one point, Brian decides to attempt suicide, he survives his attempted suicide and...