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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. Hatchet has also been nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read. Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother's infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills--how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire--and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 186 pages
  • 127 x 193 x 15mm | 141g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue ed.
  • 1416936475
  • 9781416936473
  • 4,536

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289,000 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 30% (85,410)
4 32% (92,215)
3 25% (71,188)
2 9% (26,159)
1 5% (14,028)

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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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