Ages 8 - 12
Alone Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair -- it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.
What thoroughly engrossing story! How had I gone so long without reading this? Paulsen's award-winning novel about a boy forced to survive two months in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a hatchet is simply riveting. Readers are right there with Brian as his plane crashes into a lake, as he struggles to create fire, to make a shelter, find food. Paulsen's narrative uses repetition to drive home the dire circumstances and interior drive for survival that Brian experiences. An absolute MUST-READ!