Hatchet (Brians Saga, #1) by Gary PaulsenBrian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack. Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake--and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with only his clothing and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present before his departure.
Brian had been distraught over his parents impending divorce and the secret he carries about his mother, but now he is truly desolate and alone. Exhausted, terrified, and hungry, Brian struggles to find food and make a shelter for himself. He has no special knowledge of the woods, and he must find a new kind of awareness and patience as he meets each days challenges. Is the water safe to drink? Are the berries he finds poisonous?
Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage--an invading porcupine unexpectedly shows him how to make fire, a devastating tornado shows him how to retrieve supplies from the submerged airplane. Most of all, Brian leaves behind the self-pity he has felt about his predicament as he summons the courage to stay alive.
A story of survival and of transformation, this riveting book has sparked many a readers interest in venturing into the wild.
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Just imagine What do you do? After the crash, young Brian Robeson has a big problem, much bigger than his secret. In shock, without food or water and alone in the north woods of Canada, he had only his wits and a hatchet as survival tools. Brian comes face-to-face with some pretty scary and dangerous creatures of the night The constant swarms of mosquitos and black flies alone would have done me in, not to mention the skunk and black bear encounters
Toggle navigation. Gary developed a love of reading as a young boy. At the age of seven his mother took him to the Philippines to live with his father but both parents were alcoholics and after two years he returned to the U. At 14 he ran away and worked as a carnival hand for the summer. He spent 3 years in the army and then worked at construction, as a sailor, truck driver, and ranch hand. Interesting Gary Paulsen Facts: Gary Paulsen grew up in relative poverty due to his parent's alcoholism. Gary Paulsen graduated from high school in with only a D- average.
Writing a Thesis Statement. Aug Humans need eight cups of water each day. Sixteen drops of bleach will treat one gallon of water. Approximately people are treated annually from drinking contaminated water in the United States. A person can survive without water for three to five days. A person can survive without food for approximately 30 days.
It refers to the tool that had been given to him by his mother merely as an observation that he was heading into Canada but which became the most important tool to assure his survival. The greatest antagonist is the forest and all its dangers, but the other antagonist is Brian himself who must call on all of his strengths and intelligence to survive life in the wilderness. This story is written in the past tense.
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I was 11 and Hatchet, which was a Newbery Medal honoree in , was five. The book was a global phenomenon on the verge of classic status. I was not, but I knew a good thing when I read one. I carried it around for weeks. Cracking it again decades later, I was struck by my own sentimentality about the novel.