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This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.


Brian Robertson, sole passenger on a Cessna 406, is on his way to visit his father when the tiny bush plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. With nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present, Brian finds himself completely alone.

Challenged by his fear and despair -- and plagued with the weight of a dreadful secret he's been keeping since his parent's divorce -- brian must tame his inner demons in order to survive. It will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed.
Published on November 1, 1986 by MacMillan Publishing Company.
ISBN-10: 0025274031
ISBN-13: 9780025274037
466 Book Reviews
  • amartinez00
    amartinez0011 days55 stars
    The title of the book is Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. The genre is adventure fiction. The setting is a forest. The characters are Brian/his parents and the pilot. The themes nature/survival. The book was very good and I recommend it and I give it 5 stars
    • wolfgirl18
      wolfgirl18about 2 months55 stars
      I am reading this book because I was watching this YouTuber stacyplays and she read it so that inspired me
      • wolfgirlalivia
        wolfgirlalivia2 months55 stars
        I read this book "Hachet" because it is read by my favorite YouTuber stayplays and it changed my life I liked it so much I read it to my lil brotherđŸ˜‹đŸ˜‹
        • summerflower113
          summerflower1134 months33 stars
          This is a good book! There are a few hard words here, you can search them up though.
          • readingmaster11
            readingmaster117 months55 stars
            This is an amazing book recommended to me by a teacher and this is an AMAZING book if you are into adventures and survival topic books.
            • teddybear2010
              teddybear20108 months44 stars
              We read this book as a class read a loud! And I loved it! It is a lot but to handle!
              • nitria
                nitria8 months33 stars
                I've read this book in school. It really wasn't my type of book to read. There's a REALLY old movie about this and I've watched it about 2 times, I still don't like it.
                • oof895
                  oof8958 months11 star
                  Hachet was and is a great book. It's about a 13 year old boy named:Brian Robertson who went to visit his father. After his plane crashes Brian has to test his skills against mother nature
                  • marquez740
                    marquez7408 months55 stars
                    Dear fellow readers, The book Hatchet is about a thirteen-year old named Brian. He is flying on a plane to visit his farther, but little did he know that the universe had other plans in store for him. After his plane crashed in a forest, due to a tragic event, Brian (a city boy) is now being tested on his survival skills. In my opinion, Hatchet is one of the best stories that have ever been written. Will this city boy be able to survive in an unfamiliar and unknown enviorment?
                    • cobar902
                      cobar9028 months55 stars
                      Thirteen year old Brain Robeson was going on a plane to see his dad,but that all changes when the plane crashes .Now Brain is trying to survive all alone in the middle of no where.Will he survive,and will he tell his parents about the "secret?"Overall I loved how it kept me hooked for a long time!