Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tween Tuesday: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulsen
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 133
Published date: 1998
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Synopsis: From Amazon
When the pilot of a small, two-person plane has a heart attack and dies, Brian has to crash land in the forest of a Canadian wilderness. He has little time to realize how alone he is, because he is so busy just trying to survive. And learning to survive, to plan on food not just for a day but until and if he is rescued, only begins when he stops pitying himself and understands that no one can help him. He is on his own, without his divorced father, whom he was to visit, or his mother, whom Brian saw kissing another man before the divorce.
Review: This book is not the first book I read written by Gary Paulsen. I recommend this book to young teens ages 11-13. It's an enjoyable book.
Brian leaves on a sesna to see his father. Then he faces a horrible tragedy when it crashes and he is stranded in the Canadian wilderness. Thankfully before he left, his mom packed a hatchet in his bag. Brian uses it to help him survive.
One thing I like is how Brian uses his hatchet to catch his own food, get himself out of the sinking sesna, and other dangerous situations.
My favorite part was when Brian uses strategies from school to help him find food, shelter, and ways to use the hatchet. Also, he survived with all these strategies and got rescued.  If you like a survival story this a book for you to read. 
In a sentence...
A teen boy,with just a hatchet, survives in an unknown wilderness after a tragedy. 
Posted by: Gabby

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