A whole new spin on "surviving" divorce!

Summary:

Brian Robeson (13) is flying to visit his father for the first time since his parents divorce. When the pilot has a heart attack, Brian - who has no clue how to pilot a plane - has to land it. He decides to put her into a lake in the Canadian wilderness. He climbs out, gasping for air, the plane's only survivor. Now he that he has saved himself, he must figure out how to survive with the only thing he has: a hatchet his mother gave him that he was wearing on his belt.

Through the process of learning his way around the forest and dealing with all that nature could throw at him, Brian also reminisces about his parents and the divorce and why it happened. Ultimately, he is driven to survive, and after 54 days he is rescued. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
When I was younger, this book was one of my favorites, and I loved this survival story of self-management. I played Minecraft and thought of this story as an extension of the game.

The story - especially Brian's character - are really well developed. His change from "city boy" (as he described himself) to a survivalist is a natural evolution. The book is a bit short and some things were convenient for Brian and took away from some of the aspects. Even so, it is an amazing book from start to finish. A well-earned 4.5 stars.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Preteens will be intrigued by Brian's adventures (and misadventures) having to survive in the wilderness on his own. Children dealing with their parents' divorce will find an emotional guide in Brian, as he navigates through what happened to his family and his emotional reactions to it.

Content Awareness Factors:

None.


Type of Book:
This story for preteens and teens is part adventure, part personal journey.
Educational Themes:

Brian is processing his parents' divorce, which can offer some great opportunities for conversations in counseling or teen book groups. Kids will likely be fascinated by the survival piece and the story can be a starting point for talking about "what would you do if ..." and things to be aware of when trying to survive.

Reading Level:
5.7
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
11 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy if you like adventures, realistic fiction, and survival stories.
book cover

Title Hatchet
About

Brian's Saga, Book 1

Author Gary Paulsen
Publisher Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Imprint Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing © 2006 (Reissue Edition)
ISBN 9781416936473
Material Paperback
Cost $8.99
Genres Adventure, Family, Death and Loss, Children's Classics, Realism | Realistic Fiction

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