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 Hatchet
 Author: Paulsen, Gary


 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers
 Pub Year: 1987

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 195 p.,  22 cm.

 BTSB No: 704690 ISBN: 9780689840920
 Ages: 11-13 Grades: 6-8

 Subjects:
 Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc. -- Fiction
 Divorce -- Fiction

Courtesy of Random House Audio

Price: $21.41

Summary:
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 5.70
   Points: 7.0   Quiz: 367
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 6-8
   Reading Level: 6.30
   Points: 10.0   Quiz: 05030

Awards:
 Newbery Honor, 1988

Common Core Standards 
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → Texts Illustrating the Complexity, Quality, & Rang
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
   Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
   Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
   Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
   Grade 7 → Reading → CCR College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
   Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+)
   School Library Journal
   Booklist (+)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 The Hornbook

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 12/01/1987 Gr 8-12 Brian Robeson, 13, is the only passenger on a small plane flying him to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. The plane drifts off course and finally crashes into a small lake. Miraculously Brian is able to swim free of the plane, arriving on a sandy tree-lined shore with only his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present. The novel chronicles in gritty detail Brian's mistakes, setbacks, and small triumphs as, with the help of the hatchet, he manages to survive the 54 days alone in the wilderness. Paulsen effectively shows readers how Brian learns patience to watch, listen, and think before he acts as he attempts to build a fire, to fish and hunt, and to make his home under a rock overhang safe and comfortable. An epilogue discussing the lasting effects of Brian's stay in the wilderness and his dim chance of survival had winter come upon him before rescue adds credibility to the story. Paulsen tells a fine adventure story, but the sub-plot concerning Brian's preoccupation with his parents' divorce seems a bit forced and detracts from the book. As he did in Dogsong (Bradbury, 1985), Paulsen emphasizes character growth through a careful balancing of specific details of survival with the protagonist's thoughts and emotions. Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie - Copyright 1987 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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