Because of his success surviving alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days, fifteen-year-old Brian, profoundly changed by his time in the wild, is asked to undergo a similar experience to help scientists learn more about the psychology of survival.
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I really liked this one maybe not as much as Hatchet but it was really good. Brian is such a grown-up after what he has been through and proves that no matter what he is a survivor. But all I kept thinking was why Brian you really need to stay out of the woods! I am now on a huge Gary Paulsen kick I see why his books are so popular I think I will have to read them all! Can't wait to read Brian's Winter.
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The River is an excellent book. It is very unique compared to other books. It is about a boy named Brian Robeson who gets lost in the wilderness. Now he not only has to care for himself but he must guide another man, Derek to safety. If
There is a lot of action in this book. One reason I liked this book is that all of the action is natural. Sometimes a tree will fall or lightning will strike. Another realistic feature is that Brian must either hunt or fish for his food.
Brian is faced with many problems in this book. One example is that he must somehow manage to find food for himself and Derek. Too overcome these problems Brian will plan out helpfull solutions. For example Brian creates a fish trap for food.
This book is part of the Hatchet series.I have now read four of the books. Iam not sure how many there are in the series but I am looking foward to reading the next book, Brian's Return.
The author of this book, Gar Paulsen, knows how to grab youru attention. He writes about true, real life events but adds fiction to them to create a story. I really liked this book and I highly recommend it to anyone in search of a new one.
This book is the second one in a series, and it was just like the first one. It was full of action and suspense. When Brian and Derek arraved in the woods, Brian told Derek to setup camp while he went looking for food. It started to rain, so Brian abandoned the hunt to check on Derek. He was tryong to work his radio, so he could tell his colleagues the progress they were making. Then, some lightning hit Derek not once, but twice. Brian was knocked out, so he didn't wake up until morning. He found that Derek was in a coma, the radio was fried, and the nearest civilization was a few hundred miles south. Brian constructed a raft of wood, and took Derek down "Necktie River." They trip was successful, Derek was okay, but Brian lost twelve pounds. He was eventually nursed back to health.
Still, this was a very enjoyable book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys books about wilderness survival or books about the
I would rate this book a five because it kept me interested throughout the whole book. I thought that it was very suspenseful and I would definitely recommend it. I liked how the book had unsuspecting turns. The one thing that I would change is the point of view. The book is in third person, but I thought that it would be better if it was in Brian’s point of view. I think it would be better in Brian’s point of view because it would be more interesting. It would have been nice to know what he was thinking and feeling through his adventure.
Good sequel to the first book, "The Hatchet".
It’s been nearly two years since Brian Robeson endured nearly two months on his own in the Canadian wilderness. The last thing he expects when he opens the door is some government types who bluntly propose, “We want you to do it again.” Of
Frankly, I thought it was just too contrived. Brian’s reactions ring true – fear, anxiety, disdain, worry, joy, and excitement are all present at various times. But since he’s not alone, there is far less time for him to think about his situation or what he misses, and that makes him more distant from the reader for much of the book. It seemed much more action-driven than the first book, and I just didn’t enjoy that as much.
I really enjoyed this. Ok, not a realistic scenario, but the book was still entertaining. I listened to the audio, which was well done. I just wish it had been a little longer – it was over so fast! Despite being short, it is fast-paced (which maybe made it feel shorter, still!).
A wacky premise can be forgiven when the plot is fun and adventurous, the message is clear, and the length is super short though. The audio book is only 2.5 hours and at 2x speed, it's basically like listening to the audio of a great episode of television. It's even shorter than Hatchet and the stakes are high. Similar to Hatchet, this felt like an allegory for life. While Hatchet focused a lot on thinking through problems, The River seemed to focus on the value of consistent work. If you work every day and try every day, luck will eventually find you. It also deals with the responsibility of caring for others. In a sense, Brian swaps roles with an adult and becomes a primary caregiver. Being a caregiver isn't fun, it can slow you down in the wild and in life, and it leads Brian to have some very dark thoughts that he must overcome.
Again, the message in this book is so good and wholesome for kids. And the adventure aspect of the story is entertaining for all ages. A highly recommend for all readers.