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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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  • 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!
                  • meir639
                    meir639Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 8:29 am44 stars
                    Hatchet is a very interesting book,and you never know what is going to happen next in the book. Brian is a very intelligent boy and he is very strong and brave. He crashed in the middle of nowhere, he was in the wilderness. Will he be saved, read the book to find out if he survives or die!
                    • she_is_a_ruby
                      she_is_a_rubyWednesday, August 28, 2019 at 8:35 am44 stars
                      Hatchet is a best selling novel that gives insight on what it looks and feels like to live in the wild. I think Gary Paulson wasn't just trying to teach reader like you and me about the wild, but the importants of family. In the book the main character gives insight about his family struggles, and some of these can hit close to home for you.