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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.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published on October 3, 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1481486292
ISBN-13: 9781481486293
464 Book Reviews
  • readingmaster11
    readingmaster11about 2 months55 stars
    This is an amazing book recommended to me by a teacher and this is an AMAZING book if you are into adventures and survival topic books.
    • teddybear2010
      teddybear2010about 2 months44 stars
      We read this book as a class read a loud! And I loved it! It is a lot but to handle!
      • nitria
        nitria2 months33 stars
        I've read this book in school. It really wasn't my type of book to read. There's a REALLY old movie about this and I've watched it about 2 times, I still don't like it.
        • eagle_fan11
          eagle_fan112 months55 stars
          Hatchet is one of the best books I have ever read. I would give it a five star rating because it's almost 100% realistic and has wild animal encounters and natural disasters. I would recommend this from age 10 up because there are some brutal ways of surviving in the book.The book starts off with a 13 year old boy named Brian Robeson who is going to see his father in Canada because his parents are divorced. His parents are divorced all because of his mother's secret. While flying in the plane a series of disastrous events happen leaving the plane in a lake and Brian stranded all alone with only a hatchet. The book stays interesting as you are always wondering is Brian going to survive and is he going to get rescued? Also the book is part of a 5 book series with equal greatness such as Brian's Winter which is the sequel to hatchet if you don’t like the ending that is already there. Brian is one of the most skilled and luckiest people that I have ever read about. That is why he is my favorite character in the book. He is also mainly the only character because the book focuses on him stranded but it also talks about his life through flashbacks and dreams. My favorite part is when Brian compares his surroundings now to his surroundings back in New York where he is from because it is just a little funny seeing it from old Brian’s perspective. The comparison also shows how scary it would have been to be Brian. If you feel like reading an action packed, fictional, survival story I recommend reading Hatchet and the entire series of Brian's adventures.
          • oof895
            oof8952 months11 star
            Hachet was and is a great book. It's about a 13 year old boy named:Brian Robertson who went to visit his father. After his plane crashes Brian has to test his skills against mother nature
            • marquez740
              marquez7402 months55 stars
              Dear fellow readers, The book Hatchet is about a thirteen-year old named Brian. He is flying on a plane to visit his farther, but little did he know that the universe had other plans in store for him. After his plane crashed in a forest, due to a tragic event, Brian (a city boy) is now being tested on his survival skills. In my opinion, Hatchet is one of the best stories that have ever been written. Will this city boy be able to survive in an unfamiliar and unknown enviorment?
              • cobar902
                cobar9022 months55 stars
                Thirteen year old Brain Robeson was going on a plane to see his dad,but that all changes when the plane crashes .Now Brain is trying to survive all alone in the middle of no where.Will he survive,and will he tell his parents about the "secret?"Overall I loved how it kept me hooked for a long time!
                • olson708
                  olson7082 months55 stars
                  Hatchet is about a boy named Brian that was taking a plane ride to see his dad little did he knoow that the pilot had a heart attack. They crashed into a L shaped lake. Brian turned into a very hard working independint boy. Brian's fire signal worked.
                  • smith991
                    smith9912 months55 stars
                    Hatchet is a great book but soon will come down. After a plane crashed due to the pilot Thirteen-year-old, Brian Robeson spends quite some time in the wilderness, learning to survive with only a hatchet given by his mother and learning how to survive his parent's divorce and secret. Finding out the secret changed his whole life.
                    • harris4211
                      harris42112 months55 stars
                      this book starts with a boy named Brian Rosanna on his way to see his father after seeing the "secret" .his mom gave him a hatchet and a wind breaker.while in the plane the pilot has heart attack and then the plane crashed in the woods I for one love this book because it has action, strategy and life lesson's I recommend this book to everyone it also teaches how to build tool that he use to survive will he die or live sand go home find out when you read