Book review by Jessica Pierce, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 11+

Hold on tight for an intense tale of survival.

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age 12+

Based on 50 reviews

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age 11+

Based on 143 reviews

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age 11+

Hatchet book review

Have you ever been stranded in the woods as a 13 years old? In the book, Hatchet, Brian Robeson was stuck in the woods left to survive on his own at 13 years old. This book was written in 1986 and the author is Gary Paulsen. This book is the first in a series with 4 other books other than Hatchet. The plot of this book is pretty scary. A 13 year old boy named Brian gets stuck in the woods for 54 days. His parents are also divorced. He was on a small bush plane to visit his father at an oil plantation when the plane crashed in the middle of the Canadian woods. He then has to survive on his own. One thing I like about this book is that parts of it are very action packed and exciting to read. For example when he crashes in a plane it is very scary and exciting at the same time. One thing I don't like about this story is that after he crashes the plane it isn't super exciting because he’s just trying to get food and survive. I would recommend this book for 11-14 year olds but really anyone could like this book if you like adventure and exciting plot twists. I would give this a 4.5 stars.
age 11+

really good?

Hatchet is by Gary Paulson and was written in 1981. It is also the first book of a 5 part series. 13-year old Brian’s parents are divorced and the brain is flying to his dad’s house in Canada. On the way, the pilot has a heart attack and dies so it is brian's job to fly it himself but he does not know where he is going and crashes into a lake. He is then stranded in the Canadian forest and left to fend for himself with nothing but a hatchet. I like that it is a survival book about a 13-year-old boy and not an adult. The book is someone repetitive, it has some good peeks where it bets very interesting but, it is a lot of the same things. I think that 11-13 would like this book.

Book Details

  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: January 1, 1987
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 195
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: October 5, 2018

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