Hatchet - Gary Paulsen


By Gary Paulsen

  • Release Date: 2009-08-25
  • Genre: Coming of Age
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,218 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Newbery Honor–winning survival novel Hatchet with a pocket-sized edition perfect for travelers to take along on their own adventures. This special anniversary edition includes a new introduction and commentary by author Gary Paulsen, pen-and-ink illustrations by Drew Willis, and a water resistant cover. 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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Latest Impressions

  • Good book didn’t mean to put 1 star

    By SmartIsGoodBoi
  • A novel

    By 7ris1an
    Loved this book I’m 11 and this was like a total novel. Wonderful theme and setting. I love a good story 🙂 Gary Paulson is amazing
  • Five stars!

    By banannaUnICoRN🦄🦄
    This book is amazing and it inspires you! Suspense, fear! It really pumps your mind! It tells you the key of survival skills. Brian’s survival in the pilot’s heart attack, a plane that crashed, and a tornado? It amazes me how Brian overcomes the difficulties in the Canadian wilderness. I would recommend this book for those who never read it! 📚😍🤯🤩😻
  • Hatchet

    By kaeleywilliams
    Amazing book on of my favorite books of all time💯

    By Baymax04
    Constantly on the edge of your seat!
  • Hatchet

    By robot626
    Amazing!The best Gary Paulson book.
  • Great

    By Jackknife300
    Just because it’s old doesn’t mean anything if you like survival, hardcore, or perseverance books this is for you
  • Good

    By Jujnjhuhhftdyftgyy
  • Awesome book that is addicting to read

    By FollowChrist2/13/2014
    I had to read this for 7th grade and I loved it. It just was addicting to read because there are natural things that happen to Brian after the plane crash and with certain circumstances, he needs to adapt, survive, and to thrive after being used to city life.
  • This book is for anyone to read!

    By Lillygirl4060
    I found this book in the store and I read the back of this book, I started begging my mom for this book! She finally got it for me! Every day after school I had to read the book!