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Hatchet Literature Unit

 

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Hatchet Literature Unit

By Gary Paulsen

Brian Robeson is thirteen years old. He has lived almost his entire life in a loving family and happy home. Then, his world comes tumbling down when Brian spies his mother in the mall parking lot with another man. They are talking and kissing and clearly carrying on as if they are a couple. Next thing Brian knows, his parents are getting a divorce and his father is moving to Canada.

Brian’s parents arrange for him to visit his father in Canada. He boards a Cessna in New York with an experienced pilot. Unfortunately, en route to Canada the pilot suffers a massive heart attack and dies. Brian desperately tries to use the radio to find someone to talk him through landing the plane. Ultimately Brian must land the plane on his own which he does successfully enough to save his own life. Now he is forced to fight for survival in the wilderness until help arrives to rescue him.

Though it takes some time, Brian is eventually rescued. Initially he is almost a celebrity and everyone wants to interview him and learn about his quest for survival. Eventually, life gets back to normal. In spite of the near tragedy, Brian’s parents do not reconcile.

 

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