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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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  • 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.
      • uuuuuuurrrrr
        uuuuuuurrrrrWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:46 am55 stars
        This book has to be my second favorite book since first is holes and it is the best. I like the adventure and being stuck in the wilderness feel it gives you when reading it. At the end when he found the special package it saved his life and it would last him a while out there and one thing helped him escape the game he was playing. The book is kinda short and entertaining if you like stories of people being stranded in a forest then this is one book you'll enjoy. The bag had one ovios thing in it and that was air which helped him a lot. I is my favorite part of the book because it was one of the best endings to a book ive ever read and all in general, this book is one of the best ive ever read and am going to read it again.
        • sophiaop
          sophiaopWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:46 am55 stars
          Hatchet Book Review I think that this book is an awesome book. It’s about a 13 year old boy who has been stranded in the wilderness. He needs to figure out how to survive. Brian faces challenges and struggles, but manages to get through them. He makes tools such as a fish spear. SPOILER: He somehow gets an emergency transmitter but does not seem to turn on….. Brian thinks.
          • henrythebot
            henrythebotWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:40 am44 stars
            In my opinion, I think Hatchet is very well written it has countless figurative language and describes each scene very well. I recommend this book to everyone ages 8+, this is because Hatchet is very exciting and while I was reading I was always waiting to read the next chapter. Perpich was one of Brian’s old English teachers, he was always encouraging him, and he was a large motivation to Brian. The whole book was well written, but my favorite part was when Brian is reborn including when he’s one with nature, and it is also my favorite because being reborn helped him in many different ways. In the end, this book was excellent I enjoyed reading it and suggest that you do too.
            • xanderisbeast
              xanderisbeastWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:36 am55 stars
              Hatchet is a great book. I think it was great because it has exciting parts, funny moments, and some sad stuff. It has many exciting parts, like when the main character, Brian, survives a plane crash. It’s just sad that he doesn’t know what to do when he crashes there. Then he makes a shelter from what he has around him. Later in the story, he makes some “friends”, which aren’t even human. He also makes some weapons, called a fish spear, and a bow and arrow. He fails with the bow and the fish spear. After some time, he sees his reflection and thinks it’s ugly. This has been a great book and I recommend reading it.
              • deltacozoeeee
                deltacozoeeeeWednesday, October 9, 2019 at 11:35 am44 stars
                I totally recommend this book to viewers who love the genre Adventure/ Survival. This book is truly amazing in its own ways and you can imagine everything this book offers. Out of the whole book, my favorite part will always have to be when something very dangerous comes to attack Brian. My opinion on Brian was that he is helpless and doesn’t know what to do, but later in the book Brian becomes tough and has the courage to survive. Brian did act like a fool, but he became stronger through all the challenges he faced, face to face.
                • yeeeeeeeesTuesday, September 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm
                  • UnknownSunday, September 15, 2019 at 10:37 am
                    This book has an interesting begging but it is mainly brought down because of its mediocre middle and dissatisfying conclusion
                    • applebutter
                      applebutterSaturday, August 31, 2019 at 7:17 am55 starsFeatured
                      This is a great book for those who love outdoor adventure stories and being lost in the wilderness. This book is similar to Robinson Crusoe and other adventure stories. This is a very detailed book which is one of the reasons I love it so much. You can tell if a book is good by how it impacts your imagination and this book does so. After reading it for the first time I had dreams for months and short stories I wrote for school just from reading this book. I have read this book 8 times and am still loving it. Great book for guys and girls!