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CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW

Brian returns to the wild in follow-up to 'Hatchet'

Editorís note: This book review was written by fifth-grade magnet program students at Leon Sheffield Elementary School.

BRIAN'S RETURN. By Gary Paulsen. Random House, 144 pages, $5.99, paperback.

By Drake Whitten
Special to The Daily

"Brian's Return" is a follow-up book to the award-winning book "Hatchet." Brian Robeson, the main character, is now 16 years old and a survival expert. In "Hatchet," he survives a rough winter after a harsh plane crash kills the pilot of the plane and leaves him stranded alone. Brian is eventually rescued, but realizes he must go back to the wilderness because he really misses it in "Brian's Return."

Brian has a canoe and a list of supplies needed for his journey. He travels down a series of many different lakes. During his journey, he is trying to find the Smallhorns, who are his long lost friends. Brian sees many moose, grouse, bears and deer.

Boys can relate to this book, especially if they are hunters. This book has vivid description of the wilderness. After reading it, I look at the wilderness in a whole new way. Gary Paulsen's great descriptions had me paint a movie in my mind as soon as I began reading. I was mesmerized from the first word the author wrote to his last.

Sadly, I cannot announce this book as a Newberry honor, yet this book is definitely one you should check out. Other books in this series — "The River," "Brian's Winter" and "Brian's Hunt" — keep the adventures alive.

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