Author: Gary Paulsen
Genre: adventure fiction/realistic fiction
“A heart stopping story… something beyond adventure, a book that plunges the reader into the cleft of the protagonist’s experience”- Publishers Weekly
Brian Robeson has to land a single engine plane all by himself on his way to visit his father. This all happened because the pilot suffered a massive heart attack and died. Lost in the Canadian wilderness, will thirteen-year-old Brian ever get to see his father again? Brian only has a hatchet that his mom gave him as a parting gift and the clothes he is wearing to use to survive. He uses this hatchet to make spears to catch fish, bows and arrows to catch birds, and even more! With only a hatchet, how long will Brian survive?
Hatchet is a book full of suspense, and you don’t know what will happen next. I liked this book because of all the risks Brian has to take. My favorite part of the book is when Brian realizes he might be able to make a fire by using his hatchet and making sparks. I have never seen a book with so much writers’ craft. Gary Paulsen does a great job of describing details. When I was reading the book, it made me think of what I would do in the same situation. If you like adventure, I strongly recommend this book.
Review by Emma G.