The government sends Brian back to the Canadian wilderness in this beloved follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!

Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. This time Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him. But a freak storm leaves Derek unconscious. Brian's only hope is to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. He's survived with only a hatchet before--now can Brian build a raft and navigate an unknown river?

For the first time it's not only Brian's survival that's at stake. . .


An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year


“Vividly written, a book that will, as intended, please the readers who hoped that Paulsen, like Brian, would ‘do it again.’” —Kirkus Reviews

Read all the Hatchet Adventures!
Brian's Winter
The River
Brian's Return
Brian's Hunt
Paperback, 176 pages
Published on March 13, 2012 by Ember
ISBN-10: 0307929612
ISBN-13: 9780307929617
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  • jack4isu
    jack4isuFriday, September 16, 2016 at 10:22 am55 stars
    I thought River was an awesome book because a lot of exciting events happened. I liked when derik got hit by lightning.
    • colinglover
      colingloverThursday, January 28, 2016 at 8:27 am
      It Sounds AWESOME!!!
      • nickster45
        nickster45Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm
        It's not as good as hatchet
        • happysugar
          happysugarTuesday, October 13, 2015 at 7:14 pm55 stars
          I loved hatchet so i am interested in this book too.
          • blue_swan
            blue_swanSunday, October 19, 2014 at 9:47 am
            I love rivers and adventures so I think this book would be perfect for me and I can't wait to be more into the book.
            • crazykid12
              crazykid12Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:06 pm
              best book ever these books really teach u how to survive and have some really good lessons in these books
              • monk
                monkThursday, November 10, 2011 at 8:06 am
                ITS AMAZING I LOVE GARY PAULSEN

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