Hatchet (Brians Saga, #1) by Gary PaulsenBrian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack. Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake--and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with only his clothing and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present before his departure.
Brian had been distraught over his parents impending divorce and the secret he carries about his mother, but now he is truly desolate and alone. Exhausted, terrified, and hungry, Brian struggles to find food and make a shelter for himself. He has no special knowledge of the woods, and he must find a new kind of awareness and patience as he meets each days challenges. Is the water safe to drink? Are the berries he finds poisonous?
Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage--an invading porcupine unexpectedly shows him how to make fire, a devastating tornado shows him how to retrieve supplies from the submerged airplane. Most of all, Brian leaves behind the self-pity he has felt about his predicament as he summons the courage to stay alive.
A story of survival and of transformation, this riveting book has sparked many a readers interest in venturing into the wild.
What awards has Gary Paulsen won?
Awards have never meant much to me for most of my life, I never got any. But books mean a great deal to me. People who love books mean even more. People who love books and share them with young people mean the most of all. That's what being honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award meant to me—the chance to meet and talk to a great many people who put books, some of them were even MY books, in the hands of young readers. A long time ago Mike Printz whispered to me that I was a shoo-in for it.
For John Borne's family, hunting has nothing to do with sport or manliness. It's a matter of survival. Every fall John and his grandfather go off into the woods to shoot the deer that puts meat on the table over the long Minnesota winter. But this year John's grandfather is dying, and John must hunt alone. John tracks a doe for two days, but as he closes in on his prey, he realizes he cannot shoot her.
Gary James Paulsen born May 17,  is an American writer of young adult literature , best known for coming of age stories about the wilderness. He is the author of more than books and has written more than magazine articles and short stories, and several plays, all primarily for teenagers. He won the Margaret Edwards Award from the American Library Association in for his lifetime contribution in writing for teens. The book, which is written in first person, begins when Paulsen was seven, living in Chicago with his mother. Paulsen described several traumatic occurrences that transpired during the three years that are chronicled by the book.
Agent— Jennifer Flannery, 28th St. Writer, beginning s. Has also worked as a teacher, field engineer, editor, actor, director, farmer, rancher, truck driver, trapper, professional archer, migrant farm worker, singer, and sailor. Participant in Iditarods, , Military service: U. Army, ; attained rank of sergeant.