Hatchet Book Review
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Hatchet book review

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Title: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulsen

Average number of words per page: more than 100

197 readers have rated this story.
Average story rating: 8.2/10.0
197 readers have rated the illustrations.
Average illustration rating: 5.81/10.0

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8.0 out of a possible 10.0
Book review by: Joanna Yang
age: 12

Review submitted on 03/11/2002 at 04:54:29

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5.0 out of a possible 10.0

Joanna Yang writes the following about Hatchet :
Brian Robenson, thirteen-year-old was on his way, flying over the Canadian wilderness to reach his father. Brian hates to say his parents are divorced. Now, the pilot had a massive heart attack, only Brian and the plane, then the plane crashed into an L-shaped lake. Will Brian survive the plane crash? If he does, how soon will he be rescued?
Did you know that why the book??s title is called Hatchet? Well, because before Brian was about to go on the small single-engine airplane, his mother gave him a hatchet that can hold on to his belt as a gift. It was a useful tool.
That was only the beginning of Hatchet. Brian Robeson is a very lucky boy, he survived from the plane crash, made a fire, saw a bear but didn??t attack him, and saw wolves who only starred hard at him. I think Gary Paulsen should add another main character that will go with Brian to visit his father. Not an adult because adult will know more things that pre-teens, or teens, so whoever is with Brian will have to think, help together. I think this book is mainly about Brian??s thoughts. Maybe if someone??s with him, we can compare both of their thoughts, feelings, or action with each other. We never know.
I recommend this book for grade fifth to seventh, because there are a few pretty complicated words, contains some higher level thinking, and if a second grader and wants to take a challenge, then I recommend to the second grader not to read the book. Because most second graders doesn??t recognize words much, and Gary Paulsen have a lot of descriptive scenes in the book that is important, that is why a second grader shouldn??t read this book.

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