Hatchet

by Gary Paulsen

Obsessed with private insights as to why his parents got divorced, Brian forces aside... read more

Obsessed with private insights as to why his parents got divorced, Brian forces aside his efforts at personal emotional survival to literally live through the aftermath of the private plane crash which killed the pilot who was taking him to visit his dad. Like Robinson Crusoe, the boy manages, but with only one tool—a hatchet. The title symbolizes both the effect of the divorce and Brian's means of survival. (Age 14 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1987

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