The Hatchet- Gary Paulsen
The Hatchet was a well written story but failed to hold my attention for long, however it did show to me how hard it would to survive without any previous knowledge, no matter how little.
A thirteen year old boy is flying to the north of
when his plane crashes into a lake. Stranded with
little food and an injury, the boy (Brian) must learn to survive on his own as the
nights are getting colder and the days are getting shorter. Many obstacles
stand in his way, such as encounters with animals, having to learn how to hunt
and what is edible, as well as a tornado ruining his shelter. After all that,
Brian manages to survive and get himself rescued. Canada
When I first read this in grade 8, and I thought that it was a terrible book but well written. As we progressed in reading it and discussing what was happening in class, I got to understand it a bit better and learn exactly how much he relied on his hatchet. Without it, there was no chance that Brian would've been able to survive. It made me realize that I would've had no chance of surviving if I had to go through what he did, simply because I would not have had the intellectual ability to retain information from school in the event of a crisis such as how Brian did.
Paulsen, Gary. The Hatchet. Prentice Hall & IBD, 1987. Print.