Author: Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen is an American writer, who writes many young adult coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than 200 books (many of which are out of print), 200 magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for young adults and teens. He was born on May 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1939. He has also written sequels to Hatchet, these books form Brian's Saga which consists of:
The River (Hatchet: The Return, The Return) (1991)
Brian's Winter (Hatchet: Winter, Alternate ending to Hatchet) (1996)
Brian's Return (Hatchet: The Call) (1999)
Brian's Hunt (2003)
Brian Robeson (Main Character): The thirteen-year-old protagonist in the novel. Brian Robeson experiences a difficult transition when his parents file for divorce. The memories of the divorce, fresh and painful, plague him throughout the story, but these thoughts are pushed away from his mind because of his focus on trying to survive. He starts out as a New York City boy who is used to the daily conveniences of modern life, and transforms himself into a man of the wilderness, completely capable of surviving and very knowledgeable about his surrounding natural environment.
Mom: Brians mother who is having an affair with a man with short blonde hair.
Dad: Brians father who lives in Canada and works as a lumberjack.
The Pilot: The pilot who flies the plane Brian is in during his flight to Canada, but dies of a heart attack in the plane.
The Plot: Brian Robeson a 13 year old boy whose parents are divorced is on a plane to Canada to visit his father who works as a lumberjack there. Before he got on the plane Brian was given a hatchet by his mother in the car ride to the airport. During the flight the pilot experiences a heart attack and dies, Brian after being shocked tries using the radio to get help. But he loses the signal and decides to try and land the plane on a nearby lake, and then