Brian's Return

Brian's Return

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Random House, Inc.
Brian returns to the wilderness to discover where he truly belongs in this follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!
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.  But now that's he's back to ordinary life, he can't make sense of high school life. He feels disconnected, more isolated than he did alone in the north woods. How can Brian discover his true path in life, and where he belongs? The answer is to return.
Gay Paulsen skillfully explores the meaning of belonging and purpose, and reminds us of a crucial rule of the wilderness: expect the unexpected.
“Bold, confident and persuasive.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred
“Paulsen bases many of his protagonist’s experiences on his own, and the wilderness through which Brian moves is vividly observed.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Read all the Hatchet Adventures!
Brian's Winter
The River
Brian's Return
Brian's Hunt

Baker & Taylor
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.

Publisher: New York : Dell Laurel-Leaf, c1999
ISBN: 9780307929600
Branch Call Number: YA Pauls
Characteristics: 115 p


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DBRL_KrisA Apr 29, 2017

This is (in my opinion) the best of the books in this series. There's not a whole lot of action, but it's a beautiful description of how Brian feels the need to return to the wilderness, and what awaits him there.
After spending the winter in the wilderness (Paulsen incorporates the "what-if" scenario from Brian's Winter into this book), Brian returns to his "normal" life of school and friends, but something just doesn't feel right. He doesn't care about the little things that other students are talking about - like girlfriends, and television shows, etc. - and he starts becoming more isolated. After an incident with a bully, where Brian reverts to his wilderness self and seriously injures the other student, he is required to spend time with a therapist. As he describes his survival experiences to the therapist, he comes to the realization that he wants (no, needs) to go back to the wilderness. This book is all about that trip and about Brian's spiritual awakening.

Jul 25, 2016

Best Book ever

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Mar 13, 2014

allen6to7 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 73

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Jul 25, 2016

you can take the man out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the man


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