I could kick myself for not reading this sooner. Hatchet is one of those books I knew the boys always gravitated to, and I knew it is quite literally the ONLY book The Captain read all the way through as a boy. I figured it was...a good book.
No, my friends, no. This is not just a "good" book. This right here is a GREAT book, and I totally see what the fuss is all about.
Brian Robison is a young man (somewhere around 12, though I can't recall exact age) who is involved in a plane crash and subsequently lost in the Canadian wilderness. It is a book of survival and instincts, and that whole "figuring it out" thing that so many kiddos today aren't learning.
In addition to the whole plane crash and survival saga is another layer of the story with Brian and his parents. This might seem trivial to the older elementary aged kids who will be caught up in the suspense, but it is another piece of the story that would make this novel SUPER interesting to teach.