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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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  • piyana123
    piyana123Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:41 am55 stars
    This book is an amazing book of thriller and survival in the Canadian wilderness for a young boy named Brian! It is an amazing "heart stopping" story and I believe that everyone would enjoy this very well-written book by Gary Paulsen!!
    • makksoccer
      makksoccerTuesday, April 17, 2012 at 8:27 am
      I read that book last year and I thought that it was very good do i would want to read it again because it was good
      • sallyd
        sallydTuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:54 am
        i like this book because my class read it it is cool because a boy lives with really nothing. thats why i like this book. :)
        • tallguy2
          tallguy2Monday, April 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm55 stars
          This is an awesome book about a teenager named Brian. Brian gets stranded on an island and has to survive on his own with only a tiny hatchet.
          • alexmathis
            alexmathisMonday, April 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm
            i read this book in 3rd grade and i really like it because of how he overcame the tremendous crash
            • sallyd
              sallydMonday, April 2, 2012 at 7:34 am
              i think this book is cool i read this book with my class and i loved it! i really want to read the second book
              • hazel98860
                hazel98860Friday, March 30, 2012 at 5:43 pm55 stars
                This is a great book about a boy who's plane crashes and he is forced to live in the wilderness and has to teach himself to survive.
                • chriswu
                  chriswuFriday, March 30, 2012 at 6:55 am
                  I love this book because Brian has lot's of courege to try to live in the wildernes.He also surrvied the plane crash.
                  • crazykid12
                    crazykid12Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:04 pm55 stars
                    this book is awesome i red the series best series ever i really reccomend this series u would regret not reading this series
                    • 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!