Ideas for Learners Promoting Literacy, Inquiry, and Meaningful Learning Experiences

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen


Book Summary

Brian is on his way to visit his father, and has raw feelings about the fact that his parents recently separated.  His plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness, and the thirteen-year-old is forced to survive alone, facing threats from animals, the unforgiving environment, and the endless quest to find food.

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The author wrote Brian's Winter in response to fans who wondered what might have happened to Brian in the same situation in the cold winter months.

Brian's Return offers more of the same, except the beginning of the book leans on Brian's discomfort with contemporary life, and his preference for spending more time in nature.

Book Review

A compelling adventure book, and an inspiring story.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Outdoor Survival Skills
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Reliance
  • Family Relationships (impending parental divorce)
  • Environmental Awareness

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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