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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
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  • shane4
    shane4Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 12:03 pm44 stars
    I definitely liked the book Hatchet. I would prefer everyone to read Hatchet. It’s about Brian Robeson, a thirteen year old who is stuck in the Cadadian wilderness. He tries to survive with only him and the gift that his mom gave him. He went to see his father when something happens to the pilot and the plane ran out of gas. Brian’s mom recently got divorced and started to date another man. Brian still loves her but he doesn’t like what happened. Spoiler I liked the part when Brian was attacked and learned something special. It could be useful or not. Another thing is when Brian finds something useful in the plane. It definitely amazed Brian.
    • benmeow
      benmeowWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 12:01 pm44 stars
      This is a great book about surviving in the wilderness. It had a lot of interesting parts that made me want to know what happened next. There were also some parts in the book that made me very sad or excited. I loved the part when Brian ate the first fish that he caught. It was very descriptive and detailed, and it also made me hungry! I think this is an amazing book, and you should definitely read it if you like survival stories.
      • athenasksksk
        athenaskskskWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:57 am55 stars
        Hatchet was a very intriguing book with lots of twists,turns and wowing scenarios. I believe this book was very well written with many upsetting and glorious changes to Brian. At many times it was disappointing because things went wrong all the time for Brain, therefore I did not like that because I enjoy happy endings. I admit at many times it could be boring but at the same time it was funny and worthy of reading. SPOILERS: My favorite part of the book is when Brian discovered how to make fire, because he had a good future ahead of him(NOW). My favorite character would have to be Brian because he is extremely smart and thoughtful of nature. I loved this book and I hope for those of you out there reading this review will have a second thought about reading this book.
        • xanderisbeast
          xanderisbeastWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:56 am55 stars
          Brian is a person who was kind of made for surviving in the wild and for nature
          • kyleeisagod
            kyleeisagodWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:55 am44 stars
            Hatchet is personally a great book, my opinion for this book is something that is put together very well. Some parts of the book was a little boring or uninteresting but most of it was based off of a specific theme. SPOILERS!!!! My favorite part of this book was when Brian was able to leave and see his dad. Personally, this is my favorite part because Brian was probably there for an extremely long time, ( 54 days ). If I was put into Brian’s place (shoes), I would have been super excited that someone came to pick me up and take me home. Over all I completely recommend this book because if you are someone who loves adventures or surviving in the wild themes than I would recommend this for you to read.
            • madisonchristen
              madisonchristenWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:55 am44 stars
              The book “Hatchet” is really good! The only reason I would rate it a 4 star is because toward the middle of the story, it got a little boring. Some chapters were just about him getting food or searching in the forest. Besides this, the book was great and had a lot of cliff hangers at the end of chapters and you wouldn't know what would happen next. For example, I thought the book was going to be about friendship of a wolf and a boy but it was completely different. SPOILERS!! My favorite part was the end because it made me happy that he got rescued. Gary Paulsen made a great story and I would recommend it to everyone! Most books I dislike but this one was just over the top and I would definitely read it again!This book is appealing to just about every age and both boys and girls would think this book is magnificent! Brian Robeson was a strong character and I think he was a great role for the story and I wouldn't pick anyone else. All the events that happened in the book just made it 10 times better! If you are searching for a book to read, I would definitely recommend trying Hatchet!
              • hiwadusy-157003849277
                hiwadusy-157003849277Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:55 am55 stars
                My favorite part was when this happened to Brian. Brian was minding his own business when something happened that would change his life forever.He can probably still remember it like it was yesterday when a horrible life changing event happened to him, but it turns out it happened for the better.I would recommend this book because it has many, many awesome events.Brian is a kind and sweet ,caring boy and loves his family. He relates to my little brother he has all of those characteristics.
                • devinblue
                  devinblueWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:54 am55 stars
                  I would give hatchet five stars out of five because of all the problems and solutions brian had to go through. I would recommend this book to anybody that likes books that are on the survival side of life, For example, if you are ok with the idea of blood or gore in your head. My opinion on brian would be that he is strong and will try at times when it is hard to even get up. SPOILER ALERT: My favorite part of the book would be when Brian goes into the plane and gets the survival pack. I love this part because when he gets the survival pack he finds food, weapons, and pans for his food. This is a major part because when he hits an emergency transmitter and surprising a pilot comes down to save Brian.
                  • rotedibo-157003849280
                    rotedibo-157003849280Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:53 am55 stars
                    In my opinion, this book was very good because of all of the action and had a lot of good transitions. EXAMPLE is when he hears the wind and the next morning he gets reborn again. My favorite part is when the Brain hears the roaring wind from miles away until he noticed that the sound keeps coming closer and closer until he can see all of the broken trees that have been torn down by the wind. I will recommend this book because I love books that have a lot of action and thrilling parts. I hope you boys and girls also love reading the book to. My favorite character was bianb because he was only 14 and he was a city boy from New York and turned into a nature boy and now he now knows how to make fire with his bare hands and he can make many other things with his bear hands.
                    • tuzucidi-157003850954
                      tuzucidi-157003850954Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:47 am55 stars
                      Hatchet Book Review I liked this book because it was so good I love the way things in the book can change so fast. Also the jump scenes can be very nerve racking. One part ended with someone almost dying but they got out of it with almost a broken bone. One part of the book so stressful it was killing me to know what happens. This book was so good that when we were done people wanted to keep on reading and not stop and was one of those people. A lot of really good parts end on a chapter and was still so much more to that one part. SPOILER: My favorite part was when Brains mom gave him the hatchet because without the hatchet he would have not been able to have fire, food, or the survival pack because all of that was able to have with hatchet like the fire the hatchet created sparks and when that happened the fire started. Without the hatchet he wouldn’t have the spear or bow and arrow to hunt the food. The survival pack came from the airplane where the hatchet got him into even while he was getting into the plane, he dropped the hatched and he said without the hatchet I am nothing the hatchet got me here.