Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Topics: Gary Paulsen, Turn LP Pages: 2 (608 words) Published: October 24, 2014
Hatchet

In the book, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, a thirteen year old named Brian Robeson is flying on a plane from his Mom’s house, in the USA, to his Dad’s house in Canada. He’s planning to stay there for the whole summer because it was his Dad’s turn with Brian. Personally, I wouldn’t want to have someone taking “turns” with me, let alone have a divorce. Earlier, before the flight, Brian’s Mom gave Brian a hatchet, “For the trip” she had said.

The pilot slammed back into his seat scaring the heck out of Brian. The pilot screamed and started to smell really bad. He was having a heart attack. Soon he died. Brian had to pilot the plane until the fuel ran out. After that, he crashed into a lake, almost making him drown. He swam to shore and passed out! I would have too.

When Brian woke up from his slumber, he started to actually notice his surroundings. He was by a lake and a forest was all around him. The birds were singing and he knew that he was lost. He knew search planes probably wouldn’t find him for four or five days. He was hungry and thirsty and he needed something to eat and drink, and FAST! He went down and got a drink from the lake then he went searching for food. Eventually, Brian found some odd tasting berries, but Brian ate them anyways. Then he knew he had to do another thing. He had to build a shelter. He immediately began cutting wood off of dead trees with his hatchet. Next, he went to go get something to hold the wood together. He found some straw and soon he had a good shelter. He even had a fire! That is pretty cool for a thirteen year old. Soon he was nice and warm sitting by the fire eating the odd berries. For days and days it was like this. One day, he built a signal fire. A different day, he made a bow, arrows, and a fish spear. Instead of the odd berries Brian had fish and bird meat too. Another day, a search plane went over his head and he ran to his fire lit a branch and then ran and lit the signal fire. But the plane was too...
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