Synopsis-Brian Robeson is traveling to live with his father, since his mother and father got divorced. He is riding in a two person plane, when all of a sudden the pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian does all he can to land the plane and when he does, he survives. He learns to survive in the wilderness for a while until someone finds him.
Author Bio- Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has wrote many thrilling books about surviving the wilderness. He lived with several family members like his grandparents, then his mother (which took him to the Philippines) to live with his father.
Three themes: man vs nature, knowledge, perseverance.
Man vs Nature- Brian struggles to deal with nature, especially with a certain porcupine. He fights nature the whole time, but it ends up helping him. The porcupine helps and hurts him by shooting quills at him, but the quills that missed hit a rock that made sparks. He uses this to make his first fire, by striking the hatchet against that rock to make sparks to light the kindling. All because of a porcupine attacking him, he learns to make a fire by dealing with nature.
knowledge-Brian uses existing knowledge to build a shelter. However, he gains new knowledge to eat. He sees animals eating berries and he avoid berries that animals do not eat. Knowledge is key to surviving, he uses existing knowledge and new knowledge to make it out alive.
perseverance- Brian falls and falls during his time surviving, but he pushes onward. He even throws up from getting sick off of something he ate. That doesn't stop him, all he does is rest and continues on because he knows he will die if doesn't continue.
Book Trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN70-C22ycc
This book is a Newbery Award winner
Credible Source Review- https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/gary-paulsen/hatchet/