As listeners of Hatchet, The River and Brian's
Winter know, Brian Robeson is the ultimate survivor. Alone in the wilderness, he
faced the elements and lived on the edge of death. Now that he's back in civilization, he
can't make sense of ordinary life. High school leaves him feeling more isolated than when
he was by himself in the wild.
He misses the woods so much that he'd go crazy if he couldn't
dream of getting ready to go back in. But going back is no dream; for Brian, it's the
In Gary Paulsen's gripping conclusion to an extraordinary story,
Brian discovers his true path in life, and where he really belongs.
"Although this trip back sees less action than did the
previous books, and Brian's meditations hobble the pace, readers will appreciate the
precise inventorying of Brian's gear and the how-tos of wilderness survival. As ever,
Paulsen's you-are-there precision of detail makes for an enjoyable hike." ... The Horn Book
About Gary Paulsen:
Born in Minnesota in 1939, Gary Paulsen is the prolific author of more than 40 books,
200 magazine articles and short stories, several plays, most of which are written for a
young adult audience. Much of his work features outdoor settings showing the importance of
water and woods to the harmony of nature. He often uses a coming of age theme where a
character masters the art of survival in insolation as a rite of passage to manhood.
Ethnic groups are presented with sensitivity and understanding. He is very visual in his
writing style and uses setting effectively and realistically.