Brian's Return

by Gary Paulsen

Paperback, 2001



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PB Pau

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PB Pau

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PB Pau




Laurel Leaf (2001), Edition: Reprint, 144 pages


After having survived alone in the wilderness, Brian finds that he can no longer live in the city but must return to the place where he really belongs.


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144 p.; 4.86 inches

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LibraryThing member Bookshopaholic
Brian Robeson became a hero after surviving 54 days in the wilderness with only a hatchet and a $20 bill. In the following months, the press hounded him and he was a superstar. When one man asks him to return to show him how he did it, there was a plan to keep them alive. But this plan had one
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flaw, a deadly flaw...
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LibraryThing member ctmsmaoc
Brian's Return is a great book. It is about a boy named Brian who was once lost in the woods and doesn't feel right back in his normal life. He now decides to journey back into the wilderness one last time.

There is a lot of action in this book. Brian is always learning new survival techniques and
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which equipment to use.

Brian faces many problems in this book. Instead of giving up Brian tries and tries to solve his problems.

This book is part of the Hatchet series. I have now read all of the books in this series. My favorite has to be the original, Hatchet.

Gary Paulson wrote a great book. I liked it but if you don't like any of the others don't read it. The only thing I felt wasn't needed was the way he wrote the beginning, it is just like Brian's Hunt.
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LibraryThing member hsreader
Well this girl named Haley likes Brian and he's taking her out to lunch. This kid from the football team at his school opens the door and hits him. First falling back into Haley. So she falls back and twisted her knee. So then the football player took a swing at brian and they fight. All that
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happened and now he has to go to a guidance counsler. Who i may add is blind. So his names Caleb and he believes it was self defense. Then Caleb asked about the times he was in the wilderness. So after that Caleb says "why don't you go back to the people down thee waiting for you?" Brian gets all geared up and ready and in a week he's rady. He ttok his canoe ad went to the cannada's forests. He must of traveled for 3 days for his trip but still not there. He had met a man named Billy and deer, bears, birds, and rabbits. oh yeah, that man camped near im and they had dinner together. They talked and he thinks Billy was him in the future.
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LibraryThing member missmath144
This is the fourth in Paulsen's Brian series. In Hatchet, Brian was lost in the Canadian wilderness and had to learn to survive. In this book, he returns to the wilderness to find himself. I love the way Paulsen describes in detail everything Brian has to do. Paulsen has lived most of what Brian
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goes through, so he really knows his stuff.
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LibraryThing member Vikko2
Brian's return is the sequel to Brian's winter where he comes back to society and finds that he does not seem to belong as how he did before he went into the forest, as what the people call, "The Bush". He learns that he should go back to the bush to look for what his soul is thinking of looking
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LibraryThing member lppeters
This was a good follow up to the previous two books in the series, however I was not that crazy as to how the book turned out. I think that it would be a good book to encourage a class to read but only if the first two books had been read and the class showed interest in following Brian's life. I
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also think that this book would not flow that well in certain school settings and that it might work better in schools in more urban settings.
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LibraryThing member mlsweatman
Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen is the sequel to my favorite book of all time. So of coarse im going to think it is a great book. In the book Brian gets rescued by a pilot and he gets to return home, but Brian was very thin and always took a little extra intrest in nature after his experiance. I
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thought Gary Paulsen did a great job ending the hatchet with this sequel.
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LibraryThing member DavidDunkerton
Gary Paulsen is famous for Hatchet, the first of his books about Brian, a young teen who had to learn how to survive in the wild in Northern Canada. In Brian’s Return, Brian had been found and rescued two years earlier, and he went back to school and tried to get along with people, but he found
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that he could not fit into society after surviving on his own in the woods. Life as most people knew it did not seem real to him anymore.
After sharing his experiences with a counselor who was very interested in what Brian had learned, it became clear that Brian needed to go back. The first time, Brian had been stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash, and all he had to work with was a hatchet that his mom had given him. He told his parents that he was going back to Canada to visit the Native American family that had rescued him, but he neglected to tell them that for most of the trip he would be on his own. This time he packed lots of gear to make it easier than it had been the first time.
This is a good book for escape because it takes the reader into another world. At the end of the book there is an author’s note where he explains that most of the things Brian experienced were very close to what he had actually experienced. That made the book much more meaningful to think about how this could all actually happen!
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LibraryThing member cody.parker
The book was about brian and his return to the woods. He first gets to fly back on a plane and see his dad.The only thing that happens when he gets to his dad is hat he is killed by a group of indians.Then once he gets there her has a funeral for his father.Then meen while he goes and kills all the
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people who killed his dad. The next day he goes on his big hunt and finds the tribe. then he waits for the right point in time and he goes and kills the tribe and runs back after so he does not die.What i like about this story is how the auther puts his thoughts into a action book. Also i like how the auther makes it sound like your really there.Also on the return part of the tittle that sounded cool cause i knew he was going to return after his plain crash.I like it how the auther puts really good detial in the book. The auther's books makes you want to keep reading it and that is why i like his books so much .i like it when he says he is going to kill the tribe cause i thought he was not going to but then he really did.clearly you can see why i like his books and what happend in it too.
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LibraryThing member jshort
In my opinion this book starts out really boring, then it gets more and more intersting, in the middle of the book you dont want to put it down. Some of the events that i like is when brian takes a canoe for hundreds of miles in the river, before that he got all his stuff together and as so as he
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got off the plane he was gone, i also like when brian and a bear have a stand off Brian says go away softly he doesnt leave Brian says go away now.
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LibraryThing member nm.fall07tmckinney
This book was o.k. but it wasent as good as the first or the second book. I would recomend this book to any one who read hatchet and liked it. I did not like this book as much as the first book becouse it wasent as detaled as the books befor it.
LibraryThing member SebastianHagelstein
Brian Robeson has lived back at home for a while after being stranded in the wilderness. He feels a strong connection to the forest and decides to return and fend for himself again. He encounters a flood and other problems.
LibraryThing member br13amfu
Brian’s Return written by Gary Paulsen is a very adventurous book that many readers may enjoy.This story mainly about the years after Brian was found nearly dead in the forest.Brian is now in High School but doesn’t really “fit in” anymore with the other kids.Since Brian is different from
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the rest,he starts to want to go back to the forest to find his true self.As he does,he encounters many new experiences that build up character,strength,and intellegence.

My opinion towards this novel is amazed and a bit disappointed.I am amazed because Paulsen actually continued a series that seemed like an absolute ending.But I’m also amazed that Paulsen kept Brian’s personality in tacked after all these books made by him.I am also only a bit disappointed in something that in my opinion might have been improved.Some things are that Paulsen made the story a bit short.What I mean is that there was an abrupt end or just like a preview to a next book that Paulsen might be making.But other than that,Paulsen did an excellent job making a great book and its recommended for those who like Brian and his adventures.
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LibraryThing member benuathanasia
A phenomenal conclusion to the series. It's far less "adventury" than the other books, and much more serene. The woods has stopped being Brian's enemy; something to conquer or survive, but something with which to merge.
LibraryThing member aelucas
Read Aloud or In Reading Groups

Genre: Fiction (Survival)

Reading Level: 5th grade and up

"As millions of readers of Hatchet, The River, and Brian's Winter know, Brian Robeson survived alone in the wilderness by finding solutions to extraordinary challenges.
Sixteen-year-old Brian hasn't
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been able to forget his life in the wilderness. Now that's he's back in civilization, he can't find a way to make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the North.
After some trouble at school, a blind counselor named Caleb encourages him to return to the north woods, and Brian packs his gear and heads "back in," for only in the wilderness can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs.”

I love this book and several environmental education lessons could be taught. Being prepared, edible plants, ecosystems.
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LibraryThing member NoahJ.B1
This book is about a teenager named Brian. This book is the second book after Hatchet. After what had happened in the first book, Brian getting stranded in the Canadian woods for almost two months after a plane crash, Brian is having a hard time fitting in with regular teen and high school life.
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Brian then goes to the school counselor to get help and is told that it will help if Brian goes back out to the wilderness for a little bit. So this time he packs a lot of camping gear so that he wouldn't starve, get to cold, or get dehydrated. He also takes his canoe. He tells his mom what he is going to do and she is okay with it. He goes on a trip back and canoes down a river for quite a while and then gets there. He faces some problems, but he faces them and fixes the problems. He learns a lot about himself on his trip and learns that he is meant to be in the outdoors.

I liked this book for basically the same reasons as Hatchet. This was a good book for me because I am a Boy Scout and this book has a lot to do with wilderness survival and being prepared. This would probably be a good book for anybody that is a Boy Scout or people that are into the outdoors. This book teaches you that you always need to be prepared. I recommend this book to middle school kids even though Brian is in High School because it isn't a high enough reading level for high school, but it is good for middle school. Younger kids shouldn't read this book just because they might not understand what is going on. I am probably going to read the other books in this series and I think you should too.
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LibraryThing member edspicer
If you like other books by Gary Paulsen, then you would like this one too. I read some others by him and they were very similar. 4Q3P The cover art is awesome and I'd recommend this book for middle school and high school students. I chose to read this book because I read the other books in this
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series and wanted to continue it. SyT
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LibraryThing member fuzzi
In this final installation of the series that began with "Hatchet", we journey with Brian as he returns to the wilderness, to answer a call that will not be denied.
LibraryThing member VhartPowers
This is book #4 of the Hatchet series and one of my favorites. It's explained why he felt he couldn't fit in, the reasons he wanted to return and I really liked the new character of Caleb.
LibraryThing member paulhock
I liked this book because I liked that fact that Brian went back to the wilderness. He follows his heart and that rang true with me. I sometimes Gary pushes it a bit with relation to the number of attacks Brian survives without serious injury but hey, his coping is what the book is about and the
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story would be over pretty quickly if he was severely injured or died. I re-read four of these books partly as research for a novel I am currently writing in which surviving in the Canadian north is an important part. If you want a quick read that is well written and entertaining I would recommend Gary Paulsen as an author.
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LibraryThing member LibraryCin
This fourth book in the series has Brian back at home in the city, but longing to be back in nature and really not fitting in. He manages to convince his counsellor and his mom that he should head back out to the wilderness.

This one was super short, so only about ½ of it was in the wilderness.
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Which for me is the most interesting part. Also, very unrealistic – to think the adults would let him go back on his own (he was supposed to be meeting up with someone, but how come an adult didn’t accompany him that far?). I did find the author’s note at the end very interesting, though.
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LibraryThing member tanyaferrell
I was so excited when my hold for this came in. Brian's Saga is such a pure, simple, fun series. I've been having a lot of fun reading it. Brian's Return is pretty much objectively worse than the first three books. There is barely a plot and the stakes feel incredibly low because we already know
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Brian has the survival skills to survive. But this book is soooo Paulsen. It is crazy to see so much of an author in a book. From the dissociative brawl that kicks off the story, to the random Shakespeare quotes, to the woo woo "medicine," to the f*ck it all moment at the very end. I love this sh*t.

Brian's Return is really specific in that it's about Brian having a really hard time letting go of his time in the woods and readjusting to "normal life." I think it's super relatable to anyone who's ever felt like they don't seem to care about the same things everyone else cares about. Eventually you just have to say f*ck it and find your own path. That's what the barely there story of Brian's Return is about. It ends with an author's note where Paulsen basically explains how a lot of Brian's Saga was based on his real life and how for most of his life, he struggled with finding his place in the world.

So this 4.5/5 star rating is really more for the vibes and the message than the story.
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