By Gary Paulsen
The Hatchet books; Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, The River, Brian's Return, and Brian's Hunt are a series about a boy who crashes in the Canadian wilderness and has to survive. Hatchet starts with Brian going to his father's house in a small plane with one pilot. The pilot has a heart attack and Brian is forced to land the plane in a lake. Brian learns about surviving with only a hatchet that his mother gave him. He is rescued though, after a month. Brian's Winter is what might have happened if Brian had not been rescued at the end of the summer. He must survive a harsh Canadian winter alone.
In The River, Brian is asked to go out into the wilderness again with Derek, a man who wants to really learn how to live in the wilderness so he can teach the army. But when Derek is struck by lightning and goes into a coma, Brian has to get him to the nearest outpost 100 miles away.
In Brian’s Return, Brian can’t be in the city. He feels he needs to go back to the wilderness. He is flown in, with only a canoe, 100 miles from where a Cree family he found. The book ends with him making his way toward them.
The last book, Brian’s Hunt, starts where the last book left off. On his way to the Cree family, he finds a domestic dog with a large wound on her side. He sews her wound and they continue to make there way towards the family, but then they find the Smallhorns campsite in ruins. Brian sets out to find the daughter of the couple. These books are about a boy who finds his home in nature after a accident.
By Elizabeth Tindall