So a dude with a hatchet killed a guy in a bar here. I'm so glad I never go there.
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A spectacular amalgamation of of imagination and literature. A truly tremendous story that describes the urge of survival of a boy against all odds, his only companion being his hatchet. It conveys a message that we humans are too a part of nature and should never forget this fact. i read this book and i was spellbound. Gary Paulsen has justified the our very existence in nature through this book.
Brian is a 13 year old boy with divorced parents. One summer he decides to visit his father in northern Canada. Before he leaves, his mother gives him a hatchet as a parting gift. Brian boards a bush plane and takes off to go see his father. During the middle of the flight, the pilot suffers a medical emergency and passes away. Brian tries to take control of the plane and land it but it ends up crashing into a lake in the middle of a forest. He survives the crash and holds out hope that he will be rescued soon, but after awhile he realizes he is going to have to learn how to survive on his own. For most of the summer, all he has is his hatchet and the clothes on his back. He learns how to start a fire and find food and deal with different threats. Then one day there is a tornado that shifts the plane from the bottom of the lake more towards the bank of the lake. He decides to swim under the water to get into the plane for supplies. Once he is inside, he finds a survival pack that contains an emergency transmitter. He tries to activate it but does not know how to use it so he throws it away because he thinks the water ruined it. However it is working and his distress call is heard by a passing plane that comes to rescue him. I would use this book to test students for comprehension considering it is full an incredible story. Also would be a great book for advanced readers.
Lexile Measure: 1020L
This was a book I read in 5th grade and I really enjoyed it. Brian Robeson, the main character, is forced to learn to survive on his own. He gets trapped in the wilderness after he is in a plane crash and must learn to survive with one of the only things he has, a hatchet. This book is great for a suspenseful and engaging read. It would be best suited for 5th-8th grades and has a lexile level of 1020L. I think this would be a great book to introduce character types, such as internal and external and have students compare the main character Brian on an anchor chart or using the board in a class discussion. You could also cover foreshadowing by using this book as well. I remember when I read this book in 5th grade the entire class read it together and I enjoyed that. There are endless amounts of activities and lessons you could plan for your students!
Hatchet is a great book about Brian who ends up lost and alone in the woods. He learns how to survive and use resources until he is rescued. His time and adventures are something that many students would enjoy reading about.
I would use this book with an older elementary grade. Having students read this as a class or in a literature circle would be a good use for this book.
Lexile Level - 1020