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After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

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Michele C

Nov 19, 2020

for young teen boys

Great story of survival in an unfamiliar place with just a hatchet


Oct 18, 2007

Could Be Better

A child having to survive alone with nature is nothing new in children's literature. It was seen in "Island of the Blue Dolphins" and "Julie of the Wolves." Unfortunately "Hatchet" is not up to the caliber of past survival of nature tales.

The beauty of nature is lost in this tale. Brian is not sympathetic in his isolation. The lack of a likeable lead is what seriously hurts a potentially good tale.

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