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Hatchet
by Gary Paulsen
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 10-14
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 1020L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Atheneum
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2000
NO. PAGES: 208
GENRE{S}: Realistic Fiction, Literary Fiction, Adventure
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
AWARD{S}:
ALA-ALSC Childrens Notable Book
Margaret A. Edwards Award
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Newbery Honor
ISBN: 1416936475
READ & REVIEWED BY: Shannon - StorySnoop


The Story
Hatchet—Book Review

Thirteen-year-old Brian's parents are getting a divorce, and he thinks he knows why after he saw his mother kissing another man. When his mother puts him on a plane to go see his father, she gives him a strange gift, a hatchet, which becomes more valuable than he can ever imagine. This is the story of Brian's fight for his life after his plane crashes and he must survive in the Canadian wilderness for fifty four days alone.
The Scoop
Hatchet—Book Review
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This classic book contains themes most teens and tweens can relate to: divorce, ambigious feelings about parents, independence, and self-relaince. Brian feels a sense of pride every day he stays alive. Parents should note that Brian attempts suicide by slitting his wrist in the wild, but when he wakes up, he is filled with new found hope and determination. Animals are killed in order to survive.
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