Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Published 1987 ( revised) 1999. Setting. The setting is the Canadian wilderness during multiple changing conditions, climate, seasons, etc. there is a crashed airplane near an L-shaped lake, which is where it all begins. Plot (conflict).
Hatchetby Gary Paulsen
PowerPoint presentation by Walker Johnson
The setting is the Canadian wilderness during multiple changing conditions, climate, seasons, etc. there is a crashed airplane near an L-shaped lake, which is where it all begins.
Brian soon learns to survive with old experiences, that teach him how to build tents, what berries are ripe, and most important, to stay positive. His hatchet helps him cut wood and build a fire. When the crashed plane appears in the lake after a storm, Brian finds a transmitter that signals for help. Brian finally gets rescued after 54 days by the pilot he talked to earlier in the book, during the crash, and is taken to his father. He had lost almost all of his body fat, and became skinny for years. He had become more aware, and easy to react. He had became a real man, mature, smart, and caring for others.
I believe the book is good, but gets lost in Brian’s thoughts at times. The plot itself is original, and detailed. The book does make you feel like you are Brian, and makes you curious of what happened, what was that, etc. You can feel how he’s confused since he can’t stop thinking about his parents instead of how he should survive.
A thirteen year old boy named Brian gets stuck in an airplane crash, and the only other person with him died in the air before the trip was finished. Since the pilot had showed Brian how to fly the plane, he was able to crash land in a lake in the wilderness. Brian uses personal experiences to teach himself to survive in the wilderness. He uses the hatchet his mom gives him, and couldn’t survive without it. He eventually finds help, but by then he is mature, independent, and had a camp completely made to give him shelter. He is then taken to his father.