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Brian's winter
Gary Paulsen
Dell/Laurel-Leaf, 134p. 18cm, $4.99. 1996

Best Books:

Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
Notable Children's Books in the English Language Arts, 1997 ; NCTE Children's Literature Assembly; United States
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education; California

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1998-1999 ; Nominee; Massachusetts
Wisconsin Battle of the Books, 2010-2011 ; Elementary; Wisconsin

Curriculum Tools:

Link to Teachers Guides at Random House

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader" "
Interest Level Middle Grade" "
Book Level 5.9" "
Accelerated Reader Points 5" "
Accelerated Vocabulary, Literacy Skills" "

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Title Point Value 9
Lexile Measure 1140


Paula Rohrlick (KLIATT Review, March 1998 (Vol. 32, No. 2))
In Paulsen's Newbery Honor book, Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian survives alone in the Canadian wilderness for almost two months after a plane crash. But what if he hadn't been rescued? That's the premise of this gripping sequel, in which Brian must endure the hardships of winter alone in the cold woods. His hard-won survival skills are tested by the elements as well as by encounters with a bear and a moose. Brian must figure out how to weatherproof his shelter, get enough fuel for his fire, and find ways to clothe himself warmly, hunt in the snow, and defend himself against danger. Paulsen describes in precise detail how Brian crafts snowshoes, makes a strong bow and arrowheads of flint, sews fur clothing and hunts game. Fans of Paulsen's tales of wilderness survival will welcome the authentic information, and Brian remains a sympathetic and believable character as he learns from his mistakes and comes to live in harmony with his harsh but beautiful environment. KLIATT Codes: JS*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students. 1996, Dell/Laurel-Leaf, 134p. 18cm, $4.99. Ages 13 to 18.

LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng)
- 0440227194
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