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Hatchet: 30th Anniversary Edition

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Hatchet: 30th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Newbery Honor–winning survival novel HATCHET with a pocket-sized edition perfect for travelers to take along on their own adventures. This special anniversary edition includes a new introduction and commentary by author Gary Paulsen, pen-and-ink illustrations by Drew Willis, and a water resistant cover.

Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

At first consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills --- how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire --- and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after 54 days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patience and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.

Hatchet: 30th Anniversary Edition
by Gary Paulsen