By Gary Paulsen

395 ratings 469 reviews 588 followers
Book 1 of 5 in the  Brian's Saga Series
Interest Level Reading Level Reading A-Z ATOS Word Count
Grades 4 - 8 Grades 10 - 9 R 5.7 42328
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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9781481486293
ISBN-10: 1481486292
Published on 10/3/2017
Binding: Paperback
Number of pages: 224

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Brian Robeson, a thirteen-year-old boy traveling in a small airplane to Canada to spend the summer with his father, is involved in a plane crash in an uninhabited part of the Canadian woods after the pilot dies of a heart attack. Brian then must find a way to survive and in the process, discovers much about himself and becomes a man. The motif within this story is a bildungsroman, or a young boy’s coming of age. Read this book! It is super interesting.

I recommend this book if you like adventure fun and survival. This book is all about a boy that is going to his fathers house and then the plane crashes. All he has left with is a windbreaker his clothes and the hatchet that his mother gave him it’s for a present. I like This book because I like to read adventurous in survival books.Have fun reading this book if you do.You should go on an Adventure with this book.

They do make a movie called A cry in the wild but I like the book more.

I LOVE this book!!!!! It was AWSOM!!! I didn't want to stop reading it!

Hatchet by Gary Paulson. Hatchet is part of a series but don’t worry Hatchet is the first book! After Hatchet, there is, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, and Brian’s Hunt. Gary Paulson has also won three Newberry awards... crazy! Hatchet is a thrilling read filled with jaw dropping scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat!!! It is a must read book! After an accident Brian finds himself lost in the Canadian wilderness. With only a hatchet handy he has to learn how to survive. He meets new “friends,” finds food, and becomes a totally new person. Brian experiences life changing events and goes through massive learning curves. All this with his hatchet by his side, the hatchet that WAS him. This book is a great read. I enjoyed the amazing use of imagery to create realistic scenes in the book. It brought you into the book as if you were right in the moment, sharing feelings, thoughts, and experiences with the character. I really think the author did an amazing job on this. The author also really was able to show Brian's personality and who he was really highlighting in certain moments that he was a city-boy in the wilderness by thinking and acting like one. The author also did a great job on showing great change in Brian’s physical appearance and mental state before being lost in the wilderness and during his time in the wilderness. Although, the only thing I found disappointing in the book was the ending, it almost felt unfinished. But, overall a really good, enjoyable book! I would recommend this book for 10+. If you enjoy reading about nature and survival skills this is a good book for YOU! Or even if you just like being outside and enjoying nature, that's fine too!

The title of the book is Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. The genre is adventure fiction. The setting is a forest. The characters are Brian/his parents and the pilot. The themes nature/survival. The book was very good and I recommend it and I give it 5 stars

I am reading this book because I was watching this YouTuber stacyplays and she read it so that inspired me

I read this book "Hachet" because it is read by my favorite YouTuber stayplays and it changed my life I liked it so much I read it to my lil brother😋😋

This is a good book! There are a few hard words here, you can search them up though.

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