The Hatchet was a fascinating story that really made me ask myself if I would be as successful as he was. It is incredibly written and I loved the captivating detail and story line.
A young boy is stranded and alone in the wilderness after the pilot of his small plane suffers a heart attack and crashes into a lake. He just manages to escape as the plane sinks and then must attempt to survive off the land. He learns to create fire, capture and find any food he can and runs into many outrageous problems, including a porcupine, bear, skunk, moose, and a tornado. He becomes very talent and manages to survive through all. After much struggle he is finally rescued and brought back to his family.
This book was once one of my favorites and the sequel is very good as well. It shows the true ruthlessness of nature and how hard it was for the boy to stay alive. It made me realize that if ever in this situation I would have never had a chance and how lucky he was to know all the facts and tricks he retained from school lessons.
If you have yet to, I recommend you read this book, or see the movie, entitled A Cry in the Wild.
Paulsen, Gary. The Hatchet. Prentice Hall & IBD, 1987. Print.