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Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen

Brian's Winter

by Gary Paulsen

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Series: Brian Robeson (3)

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The alternate ending to Hatchet, but there’s not much different about this book than the original. Brian is still in the wild when the seasons change, but hunting and living in the winter doesn’t seem to cause him much problem. Even a bear attack barely harms him. The book is very long for the little amount of story it delivers, and the deus ex machina ending was a letdown. I knew it wasn’t possible for Brian to die in the wild, since there are more books coming after this one, but it REALLY would have made the book a lot better. I don’t recommend this at all. ( )
  howifeelaboutbooks | Nov 4, 2015 |
This book tells what would happen if Brian was never rescued by the plane from " The Hatchet'. Winter is coming, and Brian is severely unprepared. With the food from the plane gone, Brian realises that he must prepare for the harsh cold of the Canadian winter or else he won't survive. As Brian is hunting, he discovers a doe's corpse. The doe's lower half was ripped and tour by, what he assumed to be wolves, but the chest and head of the doe remand basically untouched. When Brian skinned it he found that, unlike rabbits skin, it stuck to the doe's flesh instead of falling right off. After finally skiing the deer, a skunk threatened to spray him until Brian threw her a piece of meat. This would cause the skunk to make this threat into a habit. When Brian finally cooked and tasted the meat, he realised that the doe's meat was much better than rabbit or bird meat. It made Brian remember how much he missed food like turkey, mashed potatoes, etc. When Brian went on his next hunt, he found a moose wandering around. As he expertly made his way to the moose he slowly pulled back his arrow, and shot the moose. The moose charged at Brian while Brian tried to reach for his lance. Just as his hand gripped the lance, the moose collided with him, knocking him out cold. When he woke up, he dragged the 500-700 pound moose to his shelter. As the days roll by, Brian decides to have a thanksgiving dinner since he believed that it was pretty close to the actual date. Brian wanted to cook some moose, but he also wanted some kind of sauce. So he went to find the berries he used to collect and eat. As Brian pick a handful, a bear attacked him. As Brian laid there staring at the face of the bear, he was convinced that he would die there. As he waited for the bear to kill him, a horrible stench filled the air. He then realised that his skunk friend had come to the rescue. Finally, Brian goes out hunting when he heard sounds that sounded suspiciously like gun shots. As he walks closer and closer to the source of the sounds, he discovers a man who claims that he had know that Brian was there for over three weeks. The reason the man didn't inform Brian that he was there was because the man didn't want to disturb him. The man offers to let Brian stay with him until a plane comes and picks them up. Brian, who is to shock to speak, decides to stay with the man.
I thought this book was amazing. Just like the first book, it had a unique way of writing and describing things. Gary Paulsen also described the way Brian thought in a way that change the reader's perspectives.The reason I gave the book this rating was because it separates itself from other books. It also includes even the tiniest details in every page. I loved this book and there was nothing that I thought needed to be improved. This is truly a 5 star story. ( )
  TessW.b1 | Oct 24, 2015 |
Thank goodness my 10 year old fell in love with the Hatchet series but now I have too. I love that this book picks up where Hatchet left off as if he'd never gotten rescued. ( )
  she_climber | Aug 20, 2015 |
What if?

What if Brian, lost in the northern wilderness in June, was not rescued by the time winter arrived? How could he survive the subzero cold, how could he eat, how could he stay warm?

Author Gary Paulsen has taken the main character of his book Hatchet, and has spun another tale of perseverance and determination. As with the other books in this series, the reader is drawn into Brian's world, and kept there by an excellent storyteller. And as before, I did not want to put down Brian's Winter until the conclusion. Recommended. ( )
  fuzzi | Mar 31, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Oct 15, 2014 |
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Fall came on with a softness, so that Brian didn't realize what was in store--a hard-spined north woods winter--until it was nearly too late.
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Originally published in USA as: Brian's Winter. Republished in UK as: Hatchet: Winter.
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In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy--winter?

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

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Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as in the author's book Hatchet, this story portrays what would have happened to Brian had he been forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with only his survival pack and hatchet.

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