Item description for El hacha / Hatchet by Gary Paulsen...
Overview Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him in the wilderness.
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Gary Paulsen is one of the most honored writers of contemporary literature for young readers. He has written more than one hundred book for adults and young readers, and is the author of three Newbery Honor titles: Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room. He divides his time among Alaska, New Mexico, Minnesota, and the Pacific.
Born May 17, 1939, Gary Paulsen is one of America's most popular writers for young people. Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read — along with his own library card — he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.
Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adventure. A youthful summer of rigorous chores on a farm; jobs as an engineer, construction worker, ranch hand, truck driver, and sailor; and two rounds of the 1,180-mile Alaskan dog sled race, the Iditarod; have provided ample material from which he creates his powerful stories.
Paulsen's realization that he would become a writer came suddenly when he was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California. One night he walked off the job, never to return. He spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader, working on his own writing every night. Then he left California and drove to northern Minnesota where he rented a cabin on a lake; by the end of the winter, he had completed his first novel.
Living in the remote Minnesota woods, Paulsen eventually turned to the sport of dog racing, and entered the 1983 Iditarod. In 1985, after running the Iditarod for the second time, he suffered an attack of angina and was forced to give up his dogs. "I started to focus on writing the same energies and efforts that I was using with dogs. So we're talking 18-, 19-, 20-hour days completely committed to work. Totally, viciously, obsessively committed to work, the way I'd run dogs....I still work that way, completely, all the time. I just work. I don't drink, I don't fool around, I'm just this way....The end result is there's a lot of books out there."
It is Paulsen's overwhelming belief in young people that drives him to write. His intense desire to tap deeply into the human spirit and to encourage readers to observe and care about the world around them has brought him both enormous popularity with young people and critical acclaim from the children's book community. Paulsen is a master storyteller who has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is one of the most important writers of young adult literature today and three of his novels — Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room — were Newbery Honor Books. His books frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.
Paulsen has received many letters from readers (as many as 200 a day) telling him they felt Brian Robeson's story in Hatchet was left unfinished by his early rescue, before the winter came and made things really tough. They wanted to know what would happen if Brian were not rescued, if he had to survive in the winter. Paulsen says, "Since my life has been one of survival in winter — running two Iditarods, hunting and trapping as a boy and young man — the challenge became interesting, and so I researched and wrote Brian's Winter, showing what could and perhaps would have happened had Brian not been rescued."
Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between a home in New Mexico and a boat in the Pacific.
Gary Paulsen currently resides in the state of New Mexico.
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Reviews - What do customers think about El hacha / Hatchet?
Adventure plus Oct 4, 2007
The Spanish Language version of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, is a great adventure/survival story for middle school readers. Alone in the wilderness with only a hatchet to aid him, the young protagonist faces exterior forces and his own inner fears.
The Hatchet Sep 8, 2003
The hatchet is about a boy named Brian. Brian is going through an emotional trauma. His parents just broke up, and now his dad lives in northern Canada. He is going to visit him when the pilot of the two-seater plane he is traveling in has a heart attack. Brian flies the plane for a while until it runs out of fuel. He lands it on a lake. He climbs out and swims to shore. He lies there for a few days, but decides to build a shelter when he gets fed up with the mosquitoes. Lots of animals get in including a skunk, a porcupine, and a bear. He makes it stronger, only to have it ripped down by a tornado. He makes up his mind to get a supply box from the plane. He builds a raft, swims out there and then almost passes out underwater when he sees that the pilot's skin and eyes have been food for the fish. He brings the box back to shore and gets rescued after leaving the emergency transmitter on. It's a really good book and you should read it.
Excellent! Oct 25, 2002
Though I read this book quite a while ago, I still remember how interesting and riviting it was. The story is intense, and draws the reader into the thoughts and emotions of Brian- the main (and practically ONLY) character that is shown. Definately a must-have!
Hatchet Feb 22, 2002
Hatchet is a riveting book. It combines drama, comedy, and suspence all in one action pacted book. It's about a boy who ends up alone in a Canadian forest after a plane crash, and all the adventures he has. He has to learn a lot about surviving in the wilderness, including how to find food, shelter, and how to live with wild animals. He learns a lot about himself and how much heart it takes to be without everything you would normally live with. I enjoyed this book very much. Sometimes i found myself falling asleep with the book over my face because I did not want to go to sleep so i wouldn't miss an exciting event that was just around the corner. I'm going to keep reading Gary Paulsen. He is an excelent writer.
Hatchet - A Cry in the Wild May 11, 2000
Hatchet - an realistic survival story that is eminently well written. Gary Paulsen has comboned his own knowledge of survival and woodcraft with the easily beliavable character of Brian Robeson; the result is an award-winning novel that will not be put down until it is finished.