Teens Review: Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Reviewed by Maevis, middle schooler

I read Hatchet in 5th Grade, and I really enjoyed it. It is short, but appealing. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with this book, but some believe it is unrealistic.It is actually very realistic, and could really happen. It doesn’t take long to read, so if you don’t have much time, Hatchet is a great choice because it’s a real page-turner. To stop reading it is very hard, because you just want to read and read and read. Hope you enjoy it! 😉

Hatchet is about a boy named Brian. His parents are divorced, so after the school year, Brian is to fly to Canada to be with his father for the summer. The plane holds just Brian and the pilot, and it very small. Brian’s mother gives him a hatchet as a gift when he leaves. During the plane ride, the pilot has a heart-attack. Unfortunately, it kills him. So Brian is alone on a plane with the pilot dead and him extremely vulnerable for death. He soon realizes he must take charge and fly the plane. Big uh-oh. So Brian flies solo, without any sense of where to go. Suddenly the engine cuts out. The plane begins falling. Fast. It ran out of gas.

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