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I read the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The book was about a thirteen-year-old boy named
Brian Robeson who was stranded in a plane crash. He was out in the Canadian wilderness
trying to visit his dad. Brian is left with nothing but his clothing a tattered
windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

First as Brian and the pilot were flying to Brian father’s house the pilot was
showing Brian how to fly the plane. “ Here, put your hands on the controls, your
feet on the rudder pedals, and I’ll show you what I mean”(P. 4). During the
flight the pilot seemed to be having trouble with pain in his arm and side. Little did he
know that this was a sign of a major heart attack. “ And now a jolt took him like a
hammer blow, so forcefully that he seemed to crush back into the seat, and Brian reached
for him, could not understand at first what it was, could not know. And then knew”
( P.10). Brian was left all alone, to fly the plane by himself and he knew he
didn’t have much of a chance to survive.

Next the big problem was that the plane ran out of fuel and it took a slight dive. The
plane went into a glide and continued to descend. He spotted a lake and steered towards
the lake. He wasn’t a good pilot and ended up in the trees instead of the lake were
he originally wanted to go. “There were great wrenching as the wings caught the
pines at the side of the clearing and broke back, ripping back just outside the main
braces”( P. 28). Brian and the plane both ended up at the bottom of the lake with
Brian ripping free and swimming to the surface. Brian swam ashore and fell on the beach
with soreness and pain. Brian knew that he was out of luck. Brian sat and slept against
a tree until the next day. Brian was left on the beach, all alone by himself in the
Canadian wilderness.

Brian was left only with his clothing and a hatchet that hung from his belt. Brian began
to set up a camp for himself. “ At one time in the far past it had been scooped by
something, probably a glacier, and this scooping had left a kind of sideways bowl, back in
under a ledge. It wasn’t deep, not a cave, but it was smooth and made a perfect
roof and he could almost stand in under the ledge”(P 57). Brian began to hunt for
food and found only berries and drank from the lake for water. Brian eventually created a
spear to catch fish and other small animals. This all progressed very slowly. Brian also
eventually found out how to make a fire created by sparks from his hatchet and a rock
striking together. Brian lived for nearly two months in the woods all alone. Each day
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