In the Newbery Honor-winning "Hatchet, " 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness armed only with his hatchet. He was rescued at the end of the summer. "Brian's Winter" begins where "Hatchet" might have ended: Brian is not rescued, but must build on his survival skills to face his deadliest enemy--a northern ...
In the Newbery Honor-winning "Hatchet, " 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness armed only with his hatchet. He was rescued at the end of the summer. "Brian's Winter" begins where "Hatchet" might have ended: Brian is not rescued, but must build on his survival skills to face his deadliest enemy--a northern winter.
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This is the continuation of Hatchet. It is a very realistic depiction of a young boy stranded in the wilderness and what he has to do to survive during the winter. Excellent read for young children and for those who are learning to write books
Publishers Weekly, 1995-12-18 First there was Hatchet, Paulsen's classic tale of a boy's survival in the north woods after a plane crash. Then came a sequel, The River, and, last year, Father Water, Mother Woods, a collection of autobiographical essays introduced as the nonfiction counterpart to Hatchet. Now Paulsen backs up and asks readers to imagine that Brian, the hero, hadn't been rescued after all. His many fans will be only too glad to comply, revisiting Brian at the onset of a punishing Canadian winter. The pace never relents-the story begins, as it were, in the middle, with Brian already toughened up and his reflexes primed for crisis. Paulsen serves up one cliffhanger after another (a marauding bear, a charging elk), and always there are the supreme challenges of obtaining food and protection against the cold. Authoritative narration makes it easy for readers to join Brian vicariously as he wields his hatchet to whittle arrows and arrowheads and a lance, hunts game, and devises clothes out of animal skins; while teasers at the ends of chapters keep the tension high (``He would hunt big tomorrow, he thought.... But as it happened he very nearly never hunted again''). The moral of the story: it pays to write your favorite author and ask for another helping. Ages 12-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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