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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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  • pielove567Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    I love this book! Some of it is sort of sad. But it's really interesting, and detailed. And the end is great!
    • sushi2667
      sushi2667Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 5:07 pm
      I read this book with my class and finish yesterday and this is an amazing book! And now i am restarting this river cause now it makes scene!
      • erinlove59
        erinlove59Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 5:09 pm55 stars
        i had to read this book for school and at first i thought it would be boring but after a few chapters i loved it! if i could i would go out and do what brian did... if i didn't have my disabilaties............................................................ :(
        • jjTuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm
          my class is reading it and were only on chapter 12 but when the plane left in chapter 12 i was so sad for Brian but i just noticed this but isent there a survival pack in the plane he could like swim down and get it.
          • julies
            juliesMonday, February 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm
            This is not the best book ever. I think it is not very good. But when my class read it, we did read it slowly. The movie is not that good either. I don not really like tha book Hatchet. I think other books are a lot better than Hatchet.
            • rockinroad11
              rockinroad11Monday, February 13, 2012 at 9:28 am
              This book was so cool. It is like an adventure book. This guy lost it when he got lost and finds mysteries along the way.
              • pinkfluffylamas
                pinkfluffylamasFriday, January 27, 2012 at 5:08 pm
                probably the best book Gary Paulsen ever wrote. this book is adventures and awesome. its about a boy who has survived in a plane crash and its how he survives with out any adults. i've read this book about three times becuase it is so good
                • taylorcookie13
                  taylorcookie13Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 11:18 am55 stars
                  It was an OK book. I read it at school with my class.
                  • teacher_2269
                    Helen StevensTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:36 am
                    Excellent adventure story.
                    • teacher_1943
                      Ashley GoodpasterTuesday, December 27, 2011 at 7:31 am
                      "Hatchet" is one of my all-time favorite books. We will read this towards the end of the year. It is a suspenseful story about a boy who lives through a plane crash and survives in the wild with just his hatchet.