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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
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Average illustration rating: 5.81/10.0

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Review submitted on 01/04/2009 at 17:35:22

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writes the following about Hatchet :

By: neichie Etienne
Brian Robeson
A thirteen year old boy who, on the way to spend the summer with his divorced father in Canada, is involved in a plane crash and must learn to survive in the Canadian woods.

The Pilot
An older man, perhaps named Jim or Jake (Brian can’t remember), who flies the boy toward northern Canada until he has a heart attack and dies at the controls.

Brian’s parents
His mother is the object of the Secret that obsesses Brian’s thoughts. His father is a mechanical engineer who has designed a new drill bit for the oil drills on the tree line of Canada.

The setting
The book Hatchet takes place in three different places through the whole book. The first place takes in the airport when he is going to visit his father. The second is in the plain on his way to his father house in Canada. The third is when he is lost in the forest of northern Canada. The place is in Hampton, new york

the plot
The plot of this book is when Brian gets lost in the forest when he was going to visit his father in Canada and crashed in the forest. He gets lost and goes through many obstacles to survive. For example when he was attack by a tornado and when he wasn’t know how to make fire. When he wasn’t know how to hunt and when he wasn’t have anything to wear eat and sleep

‘the event’’

The first main event
Brian parents are divorced. He lives in the big city with his mom and his dad lives in a little town in Canada. But on the way to visit his father the pilot has a hart attack. And the plain crashes.
the second main event
When he was falling he was thinking of a way to escape and the plan landed in a lake and only got out with the cloth he was wearing and a hatch. He was going to try to find a way out but he thought that if he leaves the place near a lake he wouldn’t be able to drink water so he stayed there.
the third main event
Months passed and he and he discovered how to make a fire, catch fish, and catch birds and roast them. One day a tornado hit where he was staying at and got rid of all the food he had saved for another time. The tornado went through the lake and it was easer to find the plane that landed in the water. So he went swimming to try to find the plane in the bottom of the lake. He found it and he went inside. When he was in there he found a waterproof bag with food in it. When he starts cooking he sees a plane land and a pilot was in there and he was surprised that he was he was still alive. The first thing he says to the pilot is, “Do you want some food.”

My Recommendation
I recommend this book because if you read the book its like a guide through the forest. If you get lost and you remember this, the advise that they give can help make a fire and cook fish. And one thing again is when Brian was starting to learn from himself or I should say that he started to learn from his mistake

‘the theme’’

Never give up
The theme of never giving up is one of the most prevalent themes in that we are shown throughout the story that without hope, life is meaningless. Brian learns this the hard way, but it is what sustains him when he faces the most difficult challenges to his survival. For example when he was trying to make the fire he don’t know how but he never give up.

Perseverance and Determination

Another theme is perseverance and determination. This is especially seen in how Brian learns to solve problems that will potentially be life-threatening. He calls upon his intelligence, memory, and youth to overcome such experiences as creating fire, fighting off a moose, building shelter, and finding food.


A third theme is that of maturity. It is not enough that Brian must grow up to hone his survival skills; he must also learn the compassion and maturity it will take to keep the Secret forever secret.

Another theme is that of education. The pilot said that flying was just like anything else: it just takes learning. This will be especially applicable to Brian when he spends each day learning something new about survival and life in general.

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