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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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This short novel features an alternate ending for Paulson's novel Hatchet. In this book, Brian is not rescued at the end of summer. Instead, he has to face the northern winter.

My incoming 7th grader read this as one of his summer reading choices off of a small list. He and I both enjoyed this more than we liked Hatchet. He found Hatchet very repetitive, I found it whiney (though I realize a boy SHOULD whine in such a situation, but it was tiring to read). In this book, Brian is much more confident in his ingenuity and abilities. ( )
  Dreesie | Apr 12, 2016 |
In this volume, Paulsen has written a follow up volume to his very popular The Hatchet in which he suggests how Brian could have survived the winter. In The Hatchet he is rescued before winter arrives.

In this volume Paulsen clearly explains how Brian might have found ways to make warm clothing, find food and build a warm shelter. Brian was lucky sometimes but he did show a calmness and maturity that may stretch one's credibility but it sure makes for a great read. This book is written for young adults. ( )
  lamour | Apr 1, 2016 |
Brian stays in Canada and notices that winter is on its way. He learns to make snowshoes out of hide from and animal and is amazed at the difference they make by keeping him on top of the snow. Brian fashions a spear and goes o to hunt, he sees a moose and fires at with an arrow but it keep charging him so he uses the spear and kills it. He now has food for weeks, during the night he hears popping noise like gunfire and gets hopeful only to discover that it is just trees exploding in the cold. A few days into spring Brian hears the popping noise again and notices that it was to warm for trees to be exploding and goes after the noise. It is a long way but finally he finds a native man whose family lived here and a bush plane came every month to deliver supplies. Brian is now able to leave but for some reason he is sad and it is because he will miss the adventure he had here.

I rated this book a four because in my opinion I didn't think it was as good as the original because it just didn't as much action as I had hoped it would. However I thought it was neat how Gary Paulson listened to the critics after he wrote the first book about asking him to write a book on what would have happened if he stayed I the wilderness. This book is great for middle school and up. It is just one of those books you can't put down without getting in trouble for nonstop reading. The hatchet series is a great series for those who love adventure and don't have time for an adventure themselves. It has great vocab for those who want a higher lexile. You should read this book because it is a great thrill of a novel. ( )
  GriffenP.b4 | Jan 21, 2016 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0440227194, Mass Market Paperback)

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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