Hatchet By: Gary Paulsen

ABout the authoR

Gary Paulsen was born in Minneapolis,Minnesota on May 17,1939. Gary is an American writer of young adult literature and is best known for writing stories about the wilderness. He has written over 200 books and 200 magazine articles and short stories. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 1997 for is contribution in writing for teens.

Some Books written by gary paulsen

  • Hatchet
  • Brian's Winter
  • Dogsong
  • Woodsong
  • Brian's Return
  • Brian's Hunt

About the book: Hatchet

Hatchet was written in 1987 by Gary Paulsen. It was awarded the Newbery Honor in 1988. Hatchet is the first novel of five in the Hatchet series.

Some facts about the hatchet

  • Genre: Young Adult Fiction
  • Characters: Brian's father, Brian's mother, Jim/Jake, Brian Robeson, Terry
  • Persuasive Technique: Logo
  • Publication date: September 30, 1987
  • Publisher: Kevin Lain


One day Brian Robeson went to go visit his father in Northern Canada. During his plane ride, the pilot had a massive heart attack and died. Brian then tries to land the plane but eventually went crashing into a lake in the forest. After this had happened, Brian had to learn how to survive in the wilderness on his own. He had made a hatchet to build a shelter. He had to hunt and fish for a steady food supply. Then one day a huge storm had came through and wiped out Brian's shelter. He soon realized the plane had came up from the bottom of the lake. Brian went to investigate the plan for any type of way for communication. He had found an emergency kit and discovers an emergency transmitter. He had brought it back to shore but he didn't think that it had worked. He then made a distress call. His distress call was heard by a nearby plane passing overhead and he was rescued. Finally, he spends the rest of the summer with his father.
Here are 2 examples of the different book covers for the Hatchet.

Inspiring quote From the hatchet by gary paulsen

"Patience, he thought. So much of this was patience-waiting, and thinking and doing things right. So much of all this, so much of all living was patience and thinking." -Gary Paulsen, Hatchet

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