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Hatchet: The Truth (a.k.a., Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and The…

by Gary Paulsen

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Booktalk: Gary Paulsen isn't the kind of man who sits around watching TV all day. He's lived life to the hardest and fullest. When he was a boy, his parents were drunks so he took care of himself a lot, like hunting for his own food, food such as deer and squirrel. He learned how to make his own bow and arrow and how to hunt with them. He learned how to fly. He's been beaten up by an angry moose and he's trained sled dogs to race the Iditarod in Alaska in the worst winter weather you can imagine. In this scene, Mr. Paulsen and his dogs have dropped out of the Iditarod because of the terrible weather and a bush pilot has flown out to pick them up. (read 24-26). It was this kind of life that enabled Mr. Paulsen to write books like "Hatchet" and "Brian's Winter." It's the kind of life you can only live if you have the GUTS.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
  mrsforrest | Oct 15, 2014 |
This was a tough book to pinpoint. Gary Paulsen is not your typical writer though. It seems like he could have written a lot of very interesting nonfiction about his life as an adventurous nature dweller (I won't say nature lover because I don't think it's as much about love as it is addictive dependance for him), but he was more interested in relaying his experience through fiction. There are quite a few moments in this book where I cringe, not because the quality of the writing is any less than exemplary, but rather because of the rawness of what he describes. I'm not prepared to think of deer and moose as violent creatures, though I know I probably should after what I've read here. He has come to know the wilderness and human mortality in a way in a way that few others ever will and I think he uses that knowledge in the best way that he knows how, by writing about it. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
This book is an autobiography of Gary Paulsen where he explains where he got his motivation and inspiration for writing The Hatchet and the other Brian books. This book was interesting and funny but definitely would have had to read at least The Hatchet to appreciate the explanation and examples. ( )
  ertreada | Apr 15, 2012 |
There is very little debate over whether or not Gary Paulson’s books are classics – the realness and heroism of his recurring main character, Brian, in Hatchet and “the Brian Books” has created undying fans throughout the generations. Many wonder how Paulson’s writing can be so harrowing and yet so true – all they need to do is pick up “Guts: The True Story Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books” and find out. Readers discover that so much of Brian’s struggle is so deeply moving because Paulson actually experienced, first hand, many of the trials and tribulations through which he put his courageous main character. He has made his own bow and arrows from scratch, been attacked by wild and crazy moose, and eaten the eyes out of a squirrel from hunger – all the while managing to maintain a witty sense of humor that shines through his words and elicits a smile, even amongst all the guts. This is a great find for both boys and girls looking for non-fiction that carries with it all the wonder and magic of a great fictional story. Highly recommended for ages 9-12. ( )
  sroslund | Nov 16, 2011 |
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Perhaps the single most catastrophic event in Brian's life in Hatchet is when the pilot dies of a heart attack. This forces Brian to fly the plane and land-in little more than an "aimed" crash-in a lake, where he swims free and saves himself.
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Hatchet : The Truth (also published as, Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and The Brian Books)
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Gary Paulsen, author of the extremely popular Hatchet series, describes how he used his own real-life survival experiences in the wilderness, to write the Hatchet books, where a boy survives a plane crash in a freezing remote forest. Paulsen vividly describes staving off animal attacks, hunting with primitive weapons and building shelters to survive the cold, to show how he provided a realistic portrayal of Brian's developing survival skills. His values and beliefs shine through and enrich the stories about his life. This entertaining book will appeal to those who like to read survival stories and investigate how humans respond to their environment.
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What do you do when you're being charged by a red-eyed furious wall of brown fur that is an insane moose? How do you make a weapon with your bare hands? How do you sneak up on a grouse or a rabbit, kill it with a well-aimed arrow, and cook it over a fire--without a pot? All this and lots more is essential learning for Brian Robeson, the young wilderness survivor in Gary Paulsen's classic novel Hatchet. In writing that book, Paulsen was determined that everything that happened to Brian--the survival techniques and the physical and emotional traumas--would be drawn closely from reality and his own experiences. In Guts he reveals the stories behind Hatchet, as he lived them. Linked to specific incidents from Brian's ordeal are the skills and insights Paulsen learned as a teenager passionately in love with hunting in the north woods of Minnesota, the extremes of exhaustion and cold he knew in running the Iditarod dog races in Alaska, the chilling close-up knowledge of heart attacks from his experiences as a volunteer ambulance driver, the silence and majesty of the wilderness. Some great stories are told here: the child killed by two kicks from the razor-sharp hooves of a small deer, the difficulties of sharing a rescue helicopter ride with a terrified dog team, and some spectacular gross-outs about the nutritional need to eat every part of an animal. Hatchet fans will be agog, and parents and teachers will be thrilled to see the enthusiastic reaction of even the most reluctant readers. (Ages 10 to 14) --Patty Campbell

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The author relates incidents in his life and how they inspired parts of his books about the character, Brian Robeson.

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