Brian's Winter

Brian's Winter

Book - 1996
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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780385321983
Branch Call Number: J PAU
Characteristics: 133 p. ; 22 cm


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Sep 12, 2017

Uh... Brian got rescued. What-if-he-didn't isn't that necessary.

DBRL_KrisA Apr 25, 2017

In Hatchet, Brian is rescued at the end of the book, before autumn sets in, and well before the beginning of winter. Apparently, author Gary Paulsen received a lot of mail from readers, claiming he had Brian rescued before things really got tough. Paulsen remedies that situation by giving us this "what-if", positing that Brian didn't set off the beacon that drew rescuers to him.
As Brian realizes, surviving in winter is a whole different thing than surviving in summer. On the plus side, he doesn't have to hunt or fish every day, since it's so cold he can stack meat outside and it'll freeze. On the minus side, it's really cold, and he's dressed in shorts and a t-shirt. I like that Paulsen, a self-described winter survivalist, thought of all the little details that Brian would have to deal with in the winter.
I'm a little doubtful that a young city teen like Brian would be able to pick up so many survival techniques so quickly; yes, he's read a lot and watched a lot of tv, but that doesn't mean he'd be able to put that knowledge into practice. Still, for young readers, especially those who like the great outdoors, this would be an entertaining read.

Jul 27, 2016

Highly suggest reading this directly after Hatchet, before The River.

vernessa7 Jul 02, 2013

very adventurous by michael

Nov 18, 2011

this is an alternate book from hatchet, it is about what happened if Brian never got saved. he has to encounter his worst enemy: WINTER!

This book, in my opinion, is better than "The River", the alternate sequel to "Hatchet". In "Brian's Winter" there are more physical challenges for Brian, like the bear attack and the charging elk. In "The River" the main challenge is getting Derek the psychologist back safely. Brian's thoughts and revelations are interesting and the creativity of Brian is amazing.

Ned C.

May 24, 2010


May 01, 2010

very boring not that good

Dec 08, 2009

Love this book people should really read it...very nice!

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vernessa7 Jul 02, 2013

vernessa7 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

Aug 21, 2011

catch_me_if_u_can thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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vernessa7 Jul 02, 2013

brian's plane crashes and he has to live the winter hunting food building fires and making clothes but one day he hears guns and he goes in the direction of the guns and meets an indian family and then lives with them. by michael


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