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Series: Brian's Saga (Book #1)
by Gary Paulsen

Winner of the 1988 Newbery Honor

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present — and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents' divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair — it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.

"Dramatic, heart-stopping." — Publishers Weekly

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 5 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
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Guided Reading
Adventure, Classics, Series

About the Author

Gary Paulsen Children's author Gary Paulsen ran away from home at the age of fourteen. His experience in diverse jobs and a wide range of interests have provided the basis for many of his works, including Hatchet and Dogsong .

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