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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. Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present--and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self pity, or despair--it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1416936475
  • 9781416936473
  • 2,594

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"Riveting." -- "Booklist", starred reviewshow more

Rating details

224,768 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
5 28% (62,901)
4 32% (70,901)
3 26% (57,435)
2 10% (21,772)
1 5% (11,759)

Our customer reviews

Purchased this book for my 13 year old son for recreational reading - the book is on the NSW Govt English syllabus for Year 8 (Australia) which is why I selected it. He is presently on school holidays and as soon as he received the book and started to read it, he could not put it down. I will certainly be selecting more novels from Gary Paulsen.show more
by John Erskine
A terrific, beautifully written survival story, perfect for 10-12 year old boys. I have used this book as a novel study for both Year 5 and Year 7 boys with great success.show more
by Michelle Harris
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