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This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.


Brian Robertson, sole passenger on a Cessna 406, is on his way to visit his father when the tiny bush plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. With nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present, Brian finds himself completely alone.

Challenged by his fear and despair -- and plagued with the weight of a dreadful secret he's been keeping since his parent's divorce -- brian must tame his inner demons in order to survive. It will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed.
Published on May 1, 2000 by Hardcover
469 Book Reviews
  • tealhusky
    tealhusky14 days55 stars
    They do make a movie called A cry in the wild but I like the book more.
    • tealhusky
      tealhusky14 days55 stars
      I LOVE this book!!!!! It was AWSOM!!! I didn't want to stop reading it!
      • jess13
        jess1329 days44 stars
        Hatchet by Gary Paulson. Hatchet is part of a series but don’t worry Hatchet is the first book! After Hatchet, there is, The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, and Brian’s Hunt. Gary Paulson has also won three Newberry awards... crazy! Hatchet is a thrilling read filled with jaw dropping scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat!!! It is a must read book! After an accident Brian finds himself lost in the Canadian wilderness. With only a hatchet handy he has to learn how to survive. He meets new “friends,” finds food, and becomes a totally new person. Brian experiences life changing events and goes through massive learning curves. All this with his hatchet by his side, the hatchet that WAS him. This book is a great read. I enjoyed the amazing use of imagery to create realistic scenes in the book. It brought you into the book as if you were right in the moment, sharing feelings, thoughts, and experiences with the character. I really think the author did an amazing job on this. The author also really was able to show Brian's personality and who he was really highlighting in certain moments that he was a city-boy in the wilderness by thinking and acting like one. The author also did a great job on showing great change in Brian’s physical appearance and mental state before being lost in the wilderness and during his time in the wilderness. Although, the only thing I found disappointing in the book was the ending, it almost felt unfinished. But, overall a really good, enjoyable book! I would recommend this book for 10+. If you enjoy reading about nature and survival skills this is a good book for YOU! Or even if you just like being outside and enjoying nature, that's fine too!
        • amartinez00
          amartinez00about 2 months55 stars
          The title of the book is Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen. The genre is adventure fiction. The setting is a forest. The characters are Brian/his parents and the pilot. The themes nature/survival. The book was very good and I recommend it and I give it 5 stars
          • wolfgirl18
            wolfgirl183 months55 stars
            I am reading this book because I was watching this YouTuber stacyplays and she read it so that inspired me
            • wolfgirlalivia
              wolfgirlalivia4 months55 stars
              I read this book "Hachet" because it is read by my favorite YouTuber stayplays and it changed my life I liked it so much I read it to my lil brother😋😋
              • summerflower113
                summerflower1135 months33 stars
                This is a good book! There are a few hard words here, you can search them up though.
                • readingmaster11
                  readingmaster118 months55 stars
                  This is an amazing book recommended to me by a teacher and this is an AMAZING book if you are into adventures and survival topic books.
                  • teddybear2010
                    teddybear20109 months44 stars
                    We read this book as a class read a loud! And I loved it! It is a lot but to handle!
                    • nitria
                      nitria9 months33 stars
                      I've read this book in school. It really wasn't my type of book to read. There's a REALLY old movie about this and I've watched it about 2 times, I still don't like it.