Brian's Hunt

by Gary Paulsen

Paperback, 2006



Call number

PB Pau

Call number

PB Pau

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PB Pau




scholastic (2006), 103 pages


Two years after having survived a plane crash into the Canadian wilderness, a sixteen-year-old returns to the wild to befriend a wounded dog and hunt a rogue bear.


Physical description

103 p.; 7.3 inches

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LibraryThing member ctmsmaoc
Matt O'Connor Language Arts /Mr.Bronson September 12, 2011
Class : The Bat Cave

Independent Reading /Book Review
Summer Reading
Brian's Hunt

Gary Paulsen

Rating: 

Brian’s Hunt is unlike many other books. In the past Brian has been through many tough times. After surviving a plane
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crash, he was lost in the Canadian wilderness with just a hatchet. There he learned to be a part of the wild.

Gary Paulsen is also the author of the award winning novel Hatchet. Brian’s Hunt is the third book in the series. In this book Paulsen continues the story of Brian and his ability to survive.

This series is action packed. Brian is always facing new challenges and finding different ways to hunt and survive. For example he finds many ways to use his bow such as hunting, protection, and bow fishing. Brian also finds himself being attacked by moose and bears during his journey.

I also like the way Brian overcomes his problems. Instead of panicking Brian calmly thinks of all of the solutions he could use to solve his problem. He also uses information he learned at school. Most of the time it works.

I have now read all of the books in the Hatchet series. They are all very good but I have to say the original book, Hatchet is the best.

The books in the series are all a little different. Hatchet is about Brian getting lost in the woods and learning how to survive. Brian’s Winter was mainly the same except that he was learning how to hunt bigger game such as deer and moose. Brian’s Hunt is the most unique because in this book he is traveling north to visit a camp that he stayed at while waiting to be rescued. During this his friends are mauled by a bear and he must track it down and kill it.

I really liked Gary Paulsen’s technique. In this book he would put something that Brian must overcome and then slowly add more and more detail until you were just itching to know what happens next. At most points in the book I couldn’t put it down because of my own curiosity.
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LibraryThing member mspioneer
This book is about survival. I would recommend this book to others becuase if you ever get lost and you need food to survive, you would need to hunt. That is what this book is all about.
LibraryThing member nm.fall08.J.Stigall
Brian's Hunt was mainly about this kid "Brian" who lived out on his own in the wilderness. He didn't have anyone or anything to comfort him. Until one day he finds a injured dog, he isn't sure where it came from and what happened to it. Brian stitches the dog up and the dog heals. Brian is well
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prepared, he has fishing line, a bow and alot of arrows, different tips for different game, a canoe which comes handy and is a very important through Brians Traveling. Brian has to overcome several tasks and obstacles threw the book, such as fighting a bear and finding his old friends who had always camped out near to him. Overall Brians Hunt was a very good book there wasn't really anything bad about the book except that it was a little short and slow. The book was very realistic, it had very good detail, the author knew a lot on what he was writing about. I would recommend this book to most everyone but the people who would appreciate it the most would be the outdoors men. It is a good book for all ages it isn't kidish at all although it is a good book for kids and adults, and this isnt the only book, there is a whole series that follows after and before the book. I liked this book alot and now i look forward to reading the next book that is after Brian’s Hunt.
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LibraryThing member Vikko2
This book goes after the thrilling book of Brian's return, he is in search of the Cree trapping family by going on another adventure alone by himself and ends up having a dog companion and finds a tragic accident near the end and takes down a bear!
LibraryThing member Heidi001
I am officially a fan of Gary Paulsen’s writing after reading this book. I have not read Hatchet or any of his other books but now I plan to. I know this book would appeal to young male readers elementary through middle school. It would be a bit of a sell to girls of the same age though. That may
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be why I hadn’t read it until I became a middle school librarian. In the story, a young man named Brian embarks on a trip back into the wilderness that he had learned to love and long for. Paulsen doesn’t shy away from writing unpleasant (but accurate) and gory details about an injured dog that Brian finds and the horrific scene of carnage left by a bear that he stumbles across later. I suspect many people have a hard time believing that the main character, Brian, could be drawn to living life the way he does in the story. This book is believable because I have had a great deal of experience in wilderness survival, canoeing and camping in Northern Minnesota and the Canadian wilderness. During my travels (much of it in my teen years) I learned a great deal about French Voyageurs and Anishinabe (Ojibwe) ways. It is the details that make the story so interesting. The descriptions were so accurate at times that it made me curious about the author. So I did research on Gary Paulsen and found out that his stories are in fact based on his own experiences. This story would definitely appeal to an adventurous and independent sort of person.
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LibraryThing member Zunker
The hunt by Gary Paulsen is a up beat exiting book. I the begining he is in the wilderness and fishing with his bow. He later in the book has to figure out who or what killed his friends at there cabin across the lake.
LibraryThing member mlsweatman
I enjoyed this Gary Paulsen novel but I think im a little worn out by this series of books. I think he is a great author but I was kind of glad it was over. Brian goes on a hunt in Canada after he somehow talked his teachers into letting him be home schooled. Then, he is on the way to find a indian
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tribe that he had grew fond of during Brian's Winter. On the way he finds a wounded dog that he has decides to take care of, and after Brian got a sense of the dog he could tell that he had been beaten up by a bear. I enjoyed to be outside as a child so I enjoyed reading his books about hunting and fishing. I think that is why so many young boys were reading Gary Paulsen books as I was growing up.
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LibraryThing member vpliving
In this sequel to Hatchet, Brian returns to the wilderness where he was rescued some time ago after a deadly plane crash. He does not feel comfortable in society anymore and needs some time alone. Soon after he arrives he finds a wounded dog and he knows he must help the dog find its owner. He
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canoes several days to his friends camp to find them murdered by a killer bear. Brian tracks down the bear to avenge his friends' death.
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LibraryThing member matt.rocha0505
This book is the last book in the Brian series. This book is aboute when Brian desides to go back to the forest that he survived in for a why'll. In the middle of the book he finds a dor that has been injured badly, it has skin hanging from its shoulders. So he fixs dog up good. He goes out looking
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who owns this dog. near the end of the book he finds wear the dog came from. But when he gets there he find one of his friends that saved him half eaten. Near the very end of the book the animale that did that was a bear and he went out to hunt. But he found out it was hunting him. The book ended when he killed it and he kept the dog.
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LibraryThing member beckers
Nathan Grabel
3 points
This is a ficition book, this book is a sequnce to the book hatchet. This book about Brian returning to the wild. In his trip to the wild he finds a dog that he takes care of. he is in his canoe paddling north to his friends cabin, but when he gets there there something is
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wrong,it is a big suprise and everyone in the cabin has been killed, or so he thinks. Read the book to find out what happens to brian.
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LibraryThing member AuOr611
I dont think that this was such a good book. I thought that it was like all of the other ones and was a little short.
LibraryThing member zodox5
If you have ever read Hatchet and thought that was a great book than you will love this book too!It's an awesome book about a boy that wants to go to visit his friend and discovers something he realy does not like.
LibraryThing member benuathanasia
I really enjoy Paulsen's writing. He has a magnificent even voice as he writes which makes the reading experience more soothing. I enjoyed the snide comments about Jack London's wilderness/survival knowledge. It would be interesting to see London and Paulsen go head to head.
LibraryThing member ferrisscottr
Right up front I will admit that Hatchett is one of my favorite books and I've read it 7 or 8 times and I look forward to each new tale of Brian's saga.

This was not a very good book. The story didn't really get started until half way through the book and the climax was over in about 2 pages. The
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premise of the book was flimsy at best and what I mean by that is that it could have been a very good short 20 page story but to try and make a book out of it made it feel stretched.

I have friends that are Star Wars fanatics and they read every new Star Wars book and they love them whether the books are good or not and this is kind of like that. I enjoyed the book but I enjoyed the book because I have a history with the author and the character. If you like Paulsen, Brian, Hatchett or survival stories then I think you will enjoy this story. If those things really aren't your thing then I would recommend you give this one a pass.

I give it 3 stars because I enjoyed it but that's a personal's really closer to a 2 star book.
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LibraryThing member edspicer
It is an exciting book that helps carry on the series. It has a great story line and plot as well. I read this book because of the previous books.
LibraryThing member aelucas
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Genre: Fiction (Survival)

Reading Level: 5th grade and up

"Millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter, and Brian's Return know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the
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woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization.
This story takes place two years after Brian had been stranded in the Canadian wilderness. When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he worries about his Cree friends who live north of his camp. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly. With his new companion at his side, and with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets out to learn what happened. He sets out on the hunt. The tale of adventure proceeds as Brian and his dog find what happened when a murdering bear has gone wild."

I love this book and several environmental education lessons could be taught. Being prepared, edible plants, ecosystems.
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LibraryThing member edspicer
If you're a nature lover, this book is for you. It has certain details about Brian's hunt to find out what happened to the dog he found. 4Q4P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend this book to people of all age groups. CooperC
LibraryThing member engpunk77
I personally don't enjoy Paulsen at all, but appreciate his importance to our young boys. Suspenseful hunting scenes, graphic animal-gutting & death. My son was fascinated with the basic wilderness survival facts.

I also did like the Afterward to this, where Paulsen speaks frankly about how
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dangerous it is to think of predators such as bears & orkas as cute and harmless.
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LibraryThing member VhartPowers
This one is a little more disturbing of what can happen in the bush. The story is compelling and each story Paulsen writes seem to get better and better.
LibraryThing member SharonRL
In this sequel to Hatchet, Brian returns to the wilderness where he was rescued some time ago after a deadly plane crash because he does not feel comfortable in society anymore and needs some time alone. Soon after he arrives he finds a wounded dog and he knows he must help the dog find its
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owner so he canoes several days to his friends camp to find them murdered by a killer bear.

Any boy or girl interested in camping or the outdoors in general with enjoy Brian's Hunt and the others in the series. This book is great for some elementary and all middle school readers because it is highly interesting but low difficulty in regards to vocabulary and length. Paulsen includes an informative Afterwords where he informs his readers that although bears and orcas are beautiful creatures, they are deadly predators at heart and should not be approached.
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LibraryThing member fuzzi
It's early autumn, and Brian is canoeing his way north to visit with friends when he makes a horrifying discovery, leading to a resolution that could cost him his life.

This is a worthy and suspenseful addition to the Hatchet series.




½ (177 ratings; 3.8)
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