Friday, February 19, 2010

Flashback Friday- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Flashback Friday was started over at Lovely Little Shelf (the awesome book blog of an NBC friend of mine). It’s a chance to revisit some of our favorite childhood reads and talk about why we loved them.

There’s nothing I love more than a good adventure book… a struggle for survival that keeps you turning the pages and desperate to find out what happens. I believe my love for this type of book started with Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. In the 5th grade my teacher picked this up for a read-aloud and from very early on we (the whole class) were hooked! You end up on an emotional roller-coaster with Brian and the stories of what he does to survive are fascinating. It’s a great story about human spirit.

GoodReads Description: On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness.

More than a survival story, Hatchet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths: Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage.

It’s a definite must-read for kids who love adventure and a great choice for reluctant readers. It’s the type of book that you can’t stop reading until you know how it ends.


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Anonymous said...

I remember reading this as a class as well and being totally hooked. Good stuff.