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


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.

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English (eng)
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