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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
470 Book Reviews
  • stafford
    stafford2 months
    I recommend this book if you like adventure fun and survival. This book is all about a boy that is going to his fathers house and then the plane crashes. All he has left with is a windbreaker his clothes and the hatchet that his mother gave him it’s for a present. I like This book because I like to read adventurous in survival books.Have fun reading this book if you do.You should go on an Adventure with this book.
    • adalyn_p
      adalyn_p6 months55 stars
      They do make a movie called A cry in the wild but I like the book more.
      • adalyn_p
        adalyn_p6 months55 stars
        I LOVE this book!!!!! It was AWSOM!!! I didn't want to stop reading it!
        • jess13
          jess136 months44 stars
          Hatchet by Gary Paulson. Hatchet is part of a series but don’t worry Hatchet is the first book! After Hatchet, there is, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, and Brian’s Hunt. Gary Paulson has also won three Newberry awards... crazy! Hatchet is a thrilling read filled with jaw dropping scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat!!! It is a must read book! After an accident Brian finds himself lost in the Canadian wilderness. With only a hatchet handy he has to learn how to survive. He meets new “friends,” finds food, and becomes a totally new person. Brian experiences life changing events and goes through massive learning curves. All this with his hatchet by his side, the hatchet that WAS him. This book is a great read. I enjoyed the amazing use of imagery to create realistic scenes in the book. It brought you into the book as if you were right in the moment, sharing feelings, thoughts, and experiences with the character. I really think the author did an amazing job on this. The author also really was able to show Brian's personality and who he was really highlighting in certain moments that he was a city-boy in the wilderness by thinking and acting like one. The author also did a great job on showing great change in Brian’s physical appearance and mental state before being lost in the wilderness and during his time in the wilderness. Although, the only thing I found disappointing in the book was the ending, it almost felt unfinished. But, overall a really good, enjoyable book! I would recommend this book for 10+. If you enjoy reading about nature and survival skills this is a good book for YOU! Or even if you just like being outside and enjoying nature, that's fine too!
          • amartinez00
            amartinez007 months55 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
              wolfgirl188 months55 stars
              I am reading this book because I was watching this YouTuber stacyplays and she read it so that inspired me
              • wolfgirlalivia
                wolfgirlalivia9 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 brother😋😋
                • summerflower113
                  summerflower11310 months33 stars
                  This is a good book! There are a few hard words here, you can search them up though.
                  • readingmaster11
                    readingmaster11about 1 year55 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
                      teddybear2010about 1 year44 stars
                      We read this book as a class read a loud! And I loved it! It is a lot but to handle!