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Hatchet (Paperback, New edition)

By Paulsen, Gary

The story of a young boy, the lone survivor of an aeroplane crash, who struggles to survive in the Canadian wilderness. From the author of The Voyage of the Frog .

ISBN 9780330310451
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780330439725
Published 1 February 1991 by Pan Macmillan
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780330310451
ISBN-10 0330310453
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Macmillan Children's Books
Publication Date 1 February 1991
International Publication Date 11 January 1991
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Paulsen, Gary
Series Piper
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Number of Pages 160
Dimensions Width: 116mm
Height: 181mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 84g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Survival Fiction
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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 his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

US Review A prototypical survival story: after an airplane crash, a 13-year-old city boy spends two months alone in the Canadian wilderness. In transit between his divorcing parents, Brian is the plane's only passenger. After casually showing him how to steer, the pilot has a heart attack and dies. In a breathtaking sequence, Brian maneuvers the plane for hours while he tries to think what to do, at last crashing as gently and levelly as he can manage into a lake. The plane sinks; all he has left is a hatchet, attached to his belt. His injuries prove painful but not fundamental. In time, he builds a shelter, experiments with berries, finds turtle eggs, starts a fire, makes a bow and arrow to catch fish and birds, and makes peace with the larger wildlife. He also battles despair and emerges more patient, prepared to learn from his mistakes - when a rogue moose attacks him and a fierce storm reminds him of his mortality, he's prepared to make repairs with philosophical persistence. His mixed feelings surprise him when the plane finally surfaces so that he can retrieve the survival pack; and then he's rescued. Plausible, taut, this is a spellbinding account. Paulsen's staccato, repetitive style conveys Brian's stress; his combination of third-person narrative with Brian's interior monologue pulls the reader into the story. Brian's angst over a terrible secret - he's seen his mother with another man - is undeveloped and doesn't contribute much, except as one item from his previous life that he sees in better perspective, as a result of his experience. High interest, not hard to read. A winner. (Kirkus Reviews)

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