Hatchet - By: Gary Paulsen

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This book Hatchet written by Gary Paulsen is a story about how 13 year old Brian Robeson survives by himself in the wilderness of Canada for 54 days after the pilot of the plane he was traveling in has a heart attack and the plane crashes. All he has after the crash is the hatchet his mother gave him before the plane took off. The hatchet becomes a big part in his survival. He's mind and strength are put to the test. He deals with everything from finding food, shelter and making a fire to encounters with wild animals and even a tornado.

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  • Hatchet
  • Brian is traveling across the wilderness of Canada in a small bush plane. He is visiting his dad for the first time since his parents divorce. Brian knows the divorce is his mother's fault for cheating, but it's a secret his dad doesn't know and Brian plans on telling him. Suddenly the pilot has a heart attack, jerking the wheel sharply during the process. 
  • Brian was able to steady the plane, although he knew nothing about flying. He did know the plane was now flying off course. The plane flew for hours with Brian trying to radio for help with no luck. Suddenly the engine died and the plane was dropping. Brian aimed it for the only clearing he could see. A lake. When Brian woke up after the crash all that was left was himself and the hatchet his mother had given him before take off.
  • By: Gary Paulsen
  • Brian had to quickly learn how to survive. He didn't know when, or if ever,  he would be rescued. The hatchet became his lifeline. He made an overhang rock wall by the lake his shelter. He learned how to start a fire and keep it going. He made a bow and arrow and spear. He found and ate berries and nuts. He hunted fish and birds for food. He ate raw turtle eggs. Brian also had the lake for his water supply. 
  • During his time in the wilderness Brian had encounters with many wild animals. He was quilled by a porcupine, dodged countless mosquitoes, and came face to face with a bear and wolves. Brian was also viciously attacked by a moose and took days to recover afterwards. 
  • A tornado swept through one night destroying everything Brian had worked so hard to build. It sent his bow and arrow, wood pile and food scattered into the lake. For the second time all Brian had was his hatchet. Brian noticed the tornado had caused the tail end of the crashed plane to resurface in the middle of the lake. It was then that Brian made the decision to go back into the plane for the survival pack.
  • After several attempts Brian recovers the survival pack. It contained many great items like a rifle, shells, food, sleeping bag, first aid kit, pots, pans, soap, compass, lighter, and an emergency transmitter (ET). He flipped the switch on to the ET . Soon after, a small plane that heard the ET signal landed. Brian was finally rescued after surviving 54 days in the wilderness.  The search for Brian was called off over a month earlier. Brian made it back home, and never did tell his dad the secret.
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