Guts : The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 7 - 12n/a6.523486
Guess what -- Gary Paulsen was being kind to Brian. In Guts, Gary tells the real stories behind the Brian books, the stories of the adventures that inspired him to write Brian Robeson's story: working as an emergency volunteer; the death that inspired the pilot's death in Hatchet; plane crashes he has seen and near-misses of his own. He describes how he made his own bows and arrows, and takes readers on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, or how he met the moose with a sense of humor, and the moose who made it personal. There's a handy chapter on "Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition." Recipes included. Readers may wonder how Gary Paulsen survived to write all of his books -- well, it took guts.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published on January 1, 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0385326505
ISBN-13: 9780385326506
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  • billybob99
    billybob99Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:52 am
    This book talks about how Gary Paulsen made the Brian books and some stories about his life. His stories include his childhood,the Iditarod races,and other stuff.
    • table
      tableThursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:51 am
      This book tells you the behind the sense of hatchet.This book is very informational.If you read hatchet READ THIS BOOK! 9/10
      • tbex
        tbexThursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:50 am
        I loved Guts. It is interesting and intriguing.
        • blakeThursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:49 am
          I think the book guts was a very good book. It tells how he grew up as a kid and how he hunted for food as a kid. I would grade this 8/10. Do you have guts?
          • thereader0
            thereader0Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:47 am44 stars
            This was a great book about Gary Paulsen's life, and how to survive in the wild!
            • hernandez3
              hernandez3Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 11:47 am
              It was okay. It wasn't the best in my opinion. But the mains are about him surviving in the wild and what he did and how he put his real stories into Brian.
              • hhartman
                Mrs. HartmanWednesday, April 29, 2015 at 12:22 pm
                After reading My Life in Dog Years, I really want to read more Gary Paulsen books. He's my writing crush this year!