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Paulsen, Gary
New York : Puffin, 1988.
IL 5-8 RL 6.3
ISBN 0027701301

(7 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Brian Robeson is flying to visit his dad. The pilot has a heart attack and Brian crash lands the plane in the middle of the Canadian wilderness. For 54 days in the wild, armed only with a hatchet, we watch Brian fight for survival.

Booktalk #2

When my teacher started handing out the books to my class i looked at the cover. It was very dull. It looked boring but to my surprise the book is not boring at all!!!
                    Brian Robeson is a thirteen year-old boy. His parents are divorced. He is sitting next to a pilot on a Cessna 406 heading to Canada to see his dad.
                    The pilot has a heart-attack and Brian is left to fly it. Now if you were a 13 year old and you didnt know how to fly a plan would you panic?? Well the plane ended up crashing and Brian is the sole surviver. The only thing he has is the clothes on his back and the Hatchet his mother gave him.
                    It is an excellent book i recomend it to teachers as a novel study. (Gr.6-8)  (Daria M. student,

Booktalk #3

Brian is a boy that parents are divorced.Brian gets in a plain crash and lands in the Canadian woods He ha snothing, but his hatchet.Brian was lost and didn't have much to do.What if you were lost in the woods and did not have any food only a hatchet? (Mica,, K-12 student)

Booktalk #4

What would you do if you were stuck in a forest all by your self with only a windbreaker and a Hatchet to support your needs?  Well this is what happened to Brain Robeson.  He was on his way to visit his father who was divorced from Brian's mother.  When all of the sudden the pilot started having a heart attack!  What was he to do?  He decided to land in an L- shaped lake.  Would he live?  Time passed...  No one came...   (Monet Jafari,,  k-12 student)

Booktalk #5

Brian Robeson is a young boy, who is stuck in the middle of his parentsâ€ô divorce when something even worse and even more unpredictable happens. While flying north to the Canadian oil fields to visit his father, the pilot of the small single engine Cessna has a heart attack and dies mid flight. Brian, tries to take control of the plane and land it safely. The plane crashes into an icy lake and Brain narrowly escapes with his life. Now he is stuck in the middle of the Canadian wilderness with only the clothes on his back, his windbreaker and a hatchet to survive. Can Brian survive long enough to be rescued? Or will the Canadian wilderness claim another life.  (Colin Meyer,, college student)

Booktalk #6

You are on a plane. You are on your way to visit your father on the other side of the country because your parents had just recently got divorced. Your mother was cheating on your father and you had just recently found out. You plan on telling your father as soon as you see him at the air port because you are full of rage. The private plane you are on starts shaking in an unfamiliar way. You start to get frightened so you walk toward the front of the plane  where you find your pilot having a heart attack. You are forced to land the plane on your own. You end up landing, not so gracefully in the middle of now where. Now what do you do? The plane is too damaged to radio for help...This same scenario happened to a young boy named Brian. The only item Brian has with him is a sharp new hatchet his mother had given to him as a gift right before he got on the plane to visit his father. How will Brian survive? Will he even survive? What will he eat? How will he make shelter? Will he be able to start a fire without any matches? Find out by reading the book The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
(Hillary O'Reilly,, college student)

Booktalk #7

In this fictional book, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, Brian Robeson, is traveling on a bush plane to visit his father in northern Canada for the summer. With the recent divorce of his parents, he has a lot on his mind and is unsure of how to talk about it or even deal with the situation. During the flight, the pilot suffers a heart attack, causing 13-year old Bryan to take control and try to land the plan. Unfortunately, the plane crashes into a lake in the forest, saving nothing but a hatchet his mother had given him as a present. Brian mission is to survive the wilderness. He must first learn to use his Hatchet, eat whatever he finds like snapping turtle eggs, fish, berries and skunk, encounter animals like wolves, beers, and moose, and make a shelter for himself. Even with all this going on he still struggles with memories of home, and the bitter divorce of his parents. A sudden tornado hits the area. Brian makes a raft from a few broken off tree tops to get to the plane. He drops his hatchet in the lake and must dive in to retrieve it. Inside the plane he finds a survival pack with an emergency transmitter, many packs of food, first aid kit, pot, and a riffle. Will any of these things help him go back home or will he be stuck there for ever? Read this Newbery Honor book filled with drama, and heart stopping chapters, that will keep you on the edge of your seat to find out more about what lies in Brianís future.  (paulina pinzon,, college student)

SUBJECTS:     Survival -- Fiction
                        Divorce -- Fiction


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