Hatchet is a 1987 Newbery Honor-winning young-adult wilderness survival novel written by American writer Gary Paulsen. It is the first novel of five in the Hatchet series. Brian Robeson is a thirteen-year-old son of divorced parents; as he travels from Hampton, New York on a Cessna 406 bush plane to visit his father in the oil fields in Northern Canada for the summer, the pilot suffers a massive heart attack and dies. Brian ends up crash-landing into a lake in the forest, he must learn to survive on his own with nothing but his hatchet—a gift his mother gave him shortly before his plane departed. Throughout the summer, Brian learns, he discovers how to make fire with the hatchet and eats whatever food he can find, such as rabbits, turtle eggs, fish and fruit. He deals with various threats of nature, including mosquitos, a porcupine, skunk, wolves, a tornado. Over time, Brian becomes a fine woodsman, he crafts a bow, a fishing spear to aid in his hunting. He fashions a shelter out of the underside of a rock overhang.
During his time alone, Brian struggles with memories of home and the bittersweet memory of his mother, whom Brian had caught cheating on his father prior to their divorce. When a sudden tornado hits the area, it draws the tail of the plane toward the shore of the lake; this triggers his thoughts. Brian makes a raft from a few broken off tree tops to get to the plane; when Brian is cutting his way into the tail of the plane, he drops his hatchet in the lake and dives in to get it. Once inside the plane, Brian finds a survival pack that includes additional food, an emergency transmitter, a.22 AR-7 rifle. Back on shore, Brian activates the transmitter, but not knowing how to use it, he thinks it is broken and throws it aside. However, his distress call is heard by a passing airplane, he is rescued. Brian does not disclose his mother's affair. A film adaptation titled A Cry in the Wild was released in 1990. Paulsen continued the story of Brian Robeson with four more novels, beginning with The River in 1991.
Hatchet was a recipient of the 1988 Newbery Honor. Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 9781416936473. Salvner, Gary M.. "Lessons and Lives: Why Young Adult Literature Matters". The ALAN Review. 28: 9. Doi:10.21061/alan.v28i3.a.2. Sturm, Brian W.. "The Structure of Power in Young Adult Problem Novels". Young Adult Library Services. 7: 39–47. Unwin, Cynthia G.. "Survival as a Bridge to Resistant Readers: Applications of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet to an Integrated Curriculum". The ALAN Review. 26: 9–12. Doi:10.21061/alan.v27i1.a.3. For the sequels, Brian's Saga in Gary Paulsen's website. For notes
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