Hatchet Book Review
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Hatchet book review

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Title: Hatchet
Subtitle: None

Author: Gary Paulsen
Illustrator: None

Average number of words per page: between 50 and 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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Book review by: Octavian
age: 13

Review submitted on 01/29/2002 at 17:02:01

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Story Rating
9.5 out of a possible 10.0

Octavian writes the following about Hatchet :

This review is about a book called Hatchet. Hatchet is an adventure and action book, but mainly adventure. If you want to read a good book, I recommend Hatchet.

Hatchet is about a boy named Brian. Brian is 13 years old. Brian is going to go visit his dad in Canada. He went on the private plane with pilot and off he goes, toward Canada. Brian is in the mood to chat when he left, but the pilot is having a bad day, and he not say a word during the whole trip. On the way there, about half way, something is wrong; the pilot dies because of a heart attack. Brian notices it, so he runs up to the pilot, and he notices that the pilot isn?t flying the plane. He just had a heart attack. Brian then has to try to bring the plane down safely and survive. Brian then has to survive the plane crash and also survive in the wilderness; he also has to try to make it back home safely. He needs to learn things in the wild, like how to survive in the wilderness and how to make and gather food and water. He needs to learn how to survive, so he does not die or suffer.

The main character in the story would have to be Brian, because most of the story is about and him how he had to try to survive in the wilderness. During Brian?s time in the wilderness, Brian does run into problems, like once a skunk spray him, and he has to figure out how to get the smell out; a tornado destroys his camp, and other things like that happen. Brian has tons of adventures in the wild, for example trying to get food in the wild and learning to use his tools in the wild to get things like food, water, and other things that he needs to survive. My favorite character is Brian because he has to survive in the wild, and he is the most important. If someone would read this book, and then he/she gets lost in the wild, they then know what to do. The setting and plot are also described really well by Gary Paulson. When Brian is lost the wilderness, the author describes the surroundings really well. I could see the surroundings in my head like I were there.

The theme of this book is that if you try and have a good attitude, you can survive through anything you want. The book Hatchet showed me that Brian or anybody can survive in the wilderness if they have the right attitude and positive thinking.

I did like the book; I think it was kind of good. My favorite part is when the tornado ripped through Brian?s camp, and I think that was cool, but not when it destroys almost everything in Brian?s camp. I don't really have any least favorite part. I think the whole book is good. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read adventure books.

Hatchet, is like the other that I have read. They all involve lots of adventure. Hatchet is like Gentle Ben, it includes a 13-year-old boy, and they both include lots of adventure in it. They also include mostly of the same thing, survival in the wilderness.

I would give Hatchet 9.5 because I think the book is great. I would include also some pictures to create more understanding. I would also make it a little longer, because when I finished it, I wanted to read more because it was so interesting. Otherwise, I think Hatchet is a great book to read for everyone.

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