Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Topics: Newbery Medal, Gary Paulsen, The River Pages: 2 (736 words) Published: September 1, 2013
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One of the books I have read this summer is Hatchet, written by Gary Paulsen. It was written in 1987. Hatchet is also a Newbery Honor winning young adult wilderness survival novel. The story was supposed to take place in the oil fields of Canada, but instead takes place in the North woods of Canada. Hatchet is a fiction book and has 19 chapters and 69 pages. The main character, Brian Robeson, is a thirteen year old boy from the Big Apple. He is the only passenger apart from the aviator named either Jim or Jake. They are aboard a small plane heading to the oil fields of Canada. Brian is on his way to spend the summer with his father, and he is kind of depressed because of his parent’s recent divorce. While on the plane, the pilot suddenly suffers a massive heart attack. At first, Brian was in shock but later pulled himself together. With an amazing amount of blessings, not good luck, Brian manages to crash land the Cessna 406 into a lake and escapes with only cuts and scratches. Before he boarded the plane, his mother gave him a hatchet. With that hatchet he builds a shelter and catches food. The hatchet is all he has to survive. While in the forest, he finds berries, and builds a shelter. He starts to reminisce on his parent’s divorce and the huge ‘secret’ that ultimately led to the divorce. The huge secret was that his mother had been involved with another man and Brian hated her for that. As the days passed, he became sad and depressed because he was lonely and he missed his family. While he was wandering in the forest, he comes in contact with a porcupine. The porcupine then attacked him. He also taught himself how to make a fire and make a spear out of a tree branch. He is really counting on a rescue plane to come. When the rescue plane comes, he misses it. At that point, he lost his “can-do” attitude. But, he later found it again and worked ten times harder to get rescued. When things started to look better, a tornado hit. After the tornado, the Cessna...
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