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Brian sets out on the hunt of a lifetime in this follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!   Brian Robeson has stood up to the...
Brian sets out on the hunt of a lifetime in this follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!   Brian Robeson has stood up to the...
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  • Brian sets out on the hunt of a lifetime in this follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!
     
    Brian Robeson has stood up to the challenge of surviving the wilderness in Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter, and Brian's Return. Now, while camping alone on a lake in the woods, he finds a wounded and whimpering dog. As Brian treats her wounds, he worries about who or what did this to her. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly, to check on his Cree friends. With his new companion at his side, he sets out on the hunt.
     
    Gary Paulsen expertly delivers a riveting story that brilliantly combines two of his great themes: the human animal's place in nature, and the mysterious and wonderful bond between humans and dogs.

    “The Brian books reveal nature and humankind’s place in it with spare prose that seems ideally suited to the setting and plot.” —VOYA
     
    “Based on real incidents, this well-written sequel to Hatchet and its successors will be gobbled up by the author’s legions of fans.” —Kirkus Reviews

    Read all the Hatchet Adventures!
    Brian's Winter
    The River
    Brian's Return
    Brian's Hunt

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    Chapter 1


    He was in his world again. He was back.

    It was high summer coming to fall and Brian was back in the far reaches of wilderness--or as he thought of it now, home. He had his canoe and bow and matches and this time he'd added some dried food, beans and rice and sugar. He also had a small container of tea, which he'd come to enjoy. He had a small cook set, and a can to make little fires in the middle of the canoe; he put leaves on to make smoke to drive the flies and gnats and mosquitoes away. He had some salt and pepper and, almost a treat, matches. He still could not get over how wonderful it was to just be able to make a fire when he wanted one, and he never sat down to a cook fire without smiling and remembering when his life in the wilderness had begun. His first time alone.

    He dreamt of it often and at first his dreams sometimes had the qualities of nightmares. He dreamt he was sitting there in the small plane, the only passenger, with the pilot dying and the plane crashing into the lake below. He awakened sometimes with sudden fear, his breath coming fast. The crash itself had been so wild and he had been so out of control that the more he had grown in the years since, the more he had learned and handled difficult situations, the more insane the crash seemed; a wild, careening, ripping ride down through trees to end not in peace but in the water, nearly drowning--in the nightmares it was like dying and then not dying to die again.

    But the bad dreams were rare, rarer all the time, and when he had them at all now they were in the nature of fond memories of his first months alone in the bush, or even full-blown humor: the skunk that had moved in with him and kept the bear away; how Brian had eaten too many gut berries, which he'd later found were really called chokecherries (a great name, he thought); a chickadee that had once landed on his knee to take food from his hand.

    He had been . . . young then, more than two years ago. He was still young by most standards, just sixteen. But he was more seasoned now and back then he had acted young--no, that wasn't quite it either. New. He had been new then and now he was perhaps not so new.

    He paused in his thinking and let the outside world come into his open mind. East edge of a small lake, midday, there would be small fish in the reeds and lily pads, sunfish and bluegills, good eating fish, and he'd have to catch some for his one hot meal a day. Sun high overhead, warm on his back but not hot the way it had been earlier in the week; no, hot but not muggy. The summer was drying out, getting ready for fall. Loon cry off to the left, not distress, not a baby lost to pike or musky; the babies would be big enough now to evade danger on their own, almost ready to fly, and would not have to ride on their mother's backs for safety as they did when they were first hatched out.

    He was close in on the lily pads and something moved suddenly in the brush just up the bank, rustling through the thick, green foliage, and though it sounded big and made a lot of noise he knew it was probably a squirrel or even a mouse. They made an inordinate amount of noise as they traveled through the leaves and humus on the ground. And there was no heavy footfall feeling as there would be with a moose or deer or bear, although bear usually were relatively quiet when they moved.

    High-pitched screeeeee of hawk or eagle hunting and calling to his or her mate; he couldn't always tell yet between the cry of hawk and eagle.

    A yip of coyote, not wolf because it was not deep enough, and not a call, not a howl or a song but more a yip of irritation.

    He had heard that yip before when he'd...

About the Author-

  • GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. His most recent titles are Caught by the Sea, How Angel Peterson Got His Name and Other Outrageous Tales about Extreme Sports, and The Glass Café. The author lives in New Mexico and on the Pacific Ocean.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Just when you thought Brian's adventures were finished, Paulsen gives his readers one more tale in the Canadian wilderness. Most of the story is written as Brian's thoughts, and Ron McLarty does a pleasing job narrating Brian's haunting and reflective inner voice. This type of narration is difficult, yet his tone is just right, and when Brian does speak, his narration changes suitably. In this tale, Brian returns to the wilderness after becoming disenchanted with the civilized world. At the end of the book, Paulsen explains that this book was written in response to the many letters he received asking for more Brian stories. BRIAN'S HUNT tells of the main character's quest for his place in the world and his connection to Mother Earth. D.L.M. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    December 22, 2003
    In Gary Paulsen's latest, Brian's Hunt, Brian has traveled back to his beloved Canadian wilderness. Although Brian's Return (2001) was to be the last in the series, here the acclaimed hero hunts for a bear that has attacked his friends. With an ever-reverent view toward the power of nature, the author delivers another suspenseful adventure.

  • School Library Journal

    May 1, 2004
    Gr 6-9-Gary Paulsen explains in the afterword of Brian's Hunt (Random, 2003) that although he said he would not write another book about Brian Robeson, he decided to because he has gotten so much mail encouraging him to continue the story. The fifth story about Brian, now 16, takes place two years after he had been stranded in the Canadian wilderness as the result of a plane crash. Brian is unable to adjust to living back in civilization and arranges to home school himself in the Canadian north woods. As he begins his new life, he encounters a wounded dog that appears to be domesticated. He starts to get a gut feeling that the dog may have come from a Cree camp in the north where friends of his live. After attending to the dog's wounds, he decides to head toward the camp only to find that the residents have experienced a savage bear attack. The theme of respecting the power of nature resonates throughout this brief book. The story is filled with practical information about surviving in the wilderness that will delight listeners who hunt and camp. Young adults will relate to the relationship between Brian and the dog, along with the hint of a possible future romance with Susan, a young Cree woman. Ron McLarty does an ample job reading in a simple, even manner, allowing the story to build toward its suspenseful conclusion. Readers who have read Hatchet (Bradbury, 1987) will get the most from this story, although some background information on Brian's previous adventures is provided. Brian's Hunt will be appreciated by Paulsen fans, but it will only whet their appetites for more.-Jo-Ann Carhart, East Islip Public Library, NY

    Copyright 2004 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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