Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
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Alright, when I first read this book I was ten, and I hated it soooooooo much. I think it was because I had not read a lot of non-fantasy, so I wasn’t really happy about reading about the real-world survival kind-of stuff. And then my sister and one of my close friends said I should re-read the book and review it. (And I did read it, or there wouldn’t be a review.) And I must say… THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!!!!! And I am soooooo happy they suggested it to me, like I’m seriously wondering why I don’t own this book.

The book is about this young boy stranded in the woods, trying to figure out how to survive. The book actually was also about him maturing and growing up some; becoming responsible and… surviving. It’s a really good book for a young person and/or kid.

Now there will be blood and some mention of death (don’t worry – mostly just animals) so this might not be a book for younger kids (younger girls would probably not enjoy this book as much as boys), like not really a 7 and under book. I didn’t enjoy it at ten (but I love it now) so I don’t think other kids would. But maybe this is just my opinion; although your reading this for my opinion sooooooo…

Over all, a family book, a christian friendly book, and a great book for preteens, youth and adults… ANYONE REALLY!!!! This is just, a really good book that you and your friends should read. (Also would make a great book report, just saying.)


  • Great book for young readers
  • Survival book
  • Family friendly


  • A little bloody
  • Survival book

Brian Robeson, sole passenger on a Cessna 406, is on his way to visit his father when the tiny bush plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. With nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present, Brian finds himself completely alone.

Challenged by his fear and despair-and plagued with the weight of a dreadful secret he’s been keeping since his parents divorce-Brian must tame his inner demons in order to survive. It will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed.

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