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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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on September 25, 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1416925082
ISBN-13: 9781416925088
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  • ginulamo-157003850262
    ginulamo-157003850262Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 1:13 pm55 stars
    Hatchet Book Review In my opinion I think that hatchet is a very outgoing book.I think that everyone should read this book because it teaches a valuable lesson that I think everyone can learn upon when life is hard. Brian had to go through some twists and turns but in the end he made everything seem that it wasn’t that hard to be stranded in the wild. I would give this book a five stars because it taught me a personally lesson that times in life can be hard but that other times life can be so beautiful. In my opinion I think that the pilot is the best because he taught Brian how to fly a plane but when Brian said he couldn’t the pilot told him he could do it. MAJOR SPOILERS: my favorite major spoilers is when Brian founded the transmitter and that helped one of the other pilots find him and rescue Brian.
    • gyfawefy-157003851036
      gyfawefy-157003851036Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 1:06 pm55 stars
      Hatchet was an amazing and thrilling book in my opinion. This book had many suspense parts to it which made the book even better and was very detailed. Hatchet is about a gloomy boy who went through many harsh things in life and to top it off, a surprise hits him; this surprise would change his life forever. My favorite part of the book was when a brave and strong boy had realized something very important that he had managed to fulfill this realization which had changed his life and his stay. I genuinely recommend Hatchet to anyone.
      • kusubaga-157003849765
        kusubaga-157003849765Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 12:58 pm44 stars
        Hatchet: this book is good if you like suspense and and the outdoors by the way there will be spoilers ahead of this review. Brian shows integrity and power that he can do it but in the begging brain just ate berries and did nothing waiting to be rescued this is where most of the spoilers are so stop reading if you haven't read the book. In the beginning it showed Brian as a city boy going to Canada to see his dad but then the pilot had a heart attack so he crashed. Again there are massive spoilers as I go on. Then Brian got together and started to survive my favorite part of this book is when Brain saw the pilot's head was just a skull but then he remembered that fish had to eat and they were always next to the plain and they were eating the piolet and the fish he ate was eating the pilot. Over all this I think this is an amazing book that you should read. If you only watched the movie you should read the book. Also I think brains parents dont care that much about him they only looked for two months gave up on him easily. Brain is the type of kid that doesn't give up easily he is the person who will ever give up.
        • addiv
          addivThursday, October 10, 2019 at 9:14 am55 stars
          If you ask me, the book hatchet was amazing; it was full of excitement. I recommend this book to everyone. In my opinion, Brian was very brave during his ordeal. He stayed focused as superb as he could and he tried his best to stay positive. Even though his parents are divorced and he knows the “secret”, he did not let his home problems interfere with him surviving. SPOILER: My favorite part was when Brian was rammed by a moose. Even though he was in pain, he did not freak out, instead he stayed focus on what was happening.
          • wikelido-157003849274
            wikelido-157003849274Wednesday, 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.
            • mysybevo-157003850233
              mysybevo-157003850233Wednesday, 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.
              • jadasely-157003849746
                jadasely-157003849746Wednesday, 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.
                • beastmodedragon
                  beastmodedragonWednesday, 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
                  • nedonufo-157003851061
                    nedonufo-157003851061Wednesday, 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!