Brian's Winter

Brian's Winter

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From three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen comes a beloved follow-up to his award-winning classic Hatchet that asks: What if Brian hadn't been rescued and had to face his deadliest enemy yet--winter?

In the Newbery Honor-winning Hatchet , thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. As millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if that hadn't happened? What if Brian had been left to face his deadliest enemy--winter?

Brian Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy confronts the ultimate adventure.

"Paulsen picks Hatchet's story up in midstream; read together, the two books make his finest tale of survival yet." -- Kirkus Reviews , Starred

"Breathtaking descriptions of nature . . . Paulsen fans will not be disappointed." -- School Library Journal

Read all the Hatchet Adventures!
Brian's Winter
The River
Brian's Return
Brian's Hunt
ISBN: 9780385321983
0385321988
9780590690133
0590690132
9780440227199
0440227194
9780385317368
0385317360
Characteristics: 133 pages ;,22 cm.

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Artin_Sofali
Jul 10, 2019

In Brian’s winter it show what would happen if brain didn’t get rescued in the hatchet. it shows how he survived in nature without any modern day supplies but a hatchet. I would definitely recommend it and it was one of my favourite books.

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brown_bat_62
Sep 12, 2017

Uh... Brian got rescued. What-if-he-didn't isn't that necessary.

DBRL_KrisA Apr 25, 2017

In Hatchet, Brian is rescued at the end of the book, before autumn sets in, and well before the beginning of winter. Apparently, author Gary Paulsen received a lot of mail from readers, claiming he had Brian rescued before things really got tough. Paulsen remedies that situation by giving us this "what-if", positing that Brian didn't set off the beacon that drew rescuers to him.
As Brian realizes, surviving in winter is a whole different thing than surviving in summer. On the plus side, he doesn't have to hunt or fish every day, since it's so cold he can stack meat outside and it'll freeze. On the minus side, it's really cold, and he's dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I like that Paulsen, a self-described winter survivalist, thought of all the little details that Brian would have to deal with in the winter.
I'm a little doubtful that a young city teen like Brian would be able to pick up so many survival techniques so quickly; yes, he's read a lot and watched a lot of tv, but that doesn't mean he'd be able to put that knowledge into practice. Still, for young readers, especially those who like the great outdoors, this would be an entertaining read.

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BryceOdell
Jul 27, 2016

Highly suggest reading this directly after Hatchet, before The River.

vernessa7 Jul 02, 2013

very adventurous by michael

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KillerLuzx
Nov 18, 2011

this is an alternate book from hatchet, it is about what happened if Brian never got saved. he has to encounter his worst enemy: WINTER!

This book, in my opinion, is better than "The River", the alternate sequel to "Hatchet". In "Brian's Winter" there are more physical challenges for Brian, like the bear attack and the charging elk. In "The River" the main challenge is getting Derek the psychologist back safely. Brian's thoughts and revelations are interesting and the creativity of Brian is amazing.

Ned C.

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jmjs117
May 24, 2010

Sub-standard...

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Sargay
May 01, 2010

very boring not that good

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Iona_Black_101
Dec 08, 2009

Love this book people should really read it...very nice!

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vernessa7 Jul 02, 2013

vernessa7 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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catch_me_if_u_can
Aug 21, 2011

catch_me_if_u_can thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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vernessa7 Jul 02, 2013

brian's plane crashes and he has to live the winter hunting food building fires and making clothes but one day he hears guns and he goes in the direction of the guns and meets an indian family and then lives with them. by michael

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