Friday, October 19, 2007


Title: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulsen
Macmillan Children's Books, 1996 (1987)

This is an exciting novel for young people! Brian Robeson a 13-year-old American kid who is going to visit his father in Canada over the summer, when the pilot of the small plane which is to take him there suffers a fatal heart-attack. The plane crashes in the middle of the North American wilderness. As a puny, modern Robinson Crusoe, Brian, the typical city boy, has to fend for himself and survive in the dense woods.

I use this book for the English A-course and as a bonus to all teachers, this story is rife with passages where you can test the students' ability to read between the lines! Also, for the kids who really take a shine to the book, there are sequels!

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