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Publisher's Summary

In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn't been rescued? What if he had been left to face his deadliest enemy - winter?

Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy confronts the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure.

©1996 Gary Paulsen (P)1996 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Paulsen at his best." ( Booklist)
"Breathtaking....mesmerizing. ( School Library Journal)
"Paulsen crafts a companion/sequel to Hatchet containing many of its same pleasures....Read together, the two books make his finest tale of survival yet." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Wonderful survival tale!

As I listened to "Hatchet" I thought that Brian just barely survived then I listened to "Brian's Winter," and I couldn't believe all the great lessons in dealing with nature in winter as well as life's problems and our own attitudes. This series gives many life lessons that I'll keep with me always. I loved the story and the narration and heartedly recommend this wonderful audio book.

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Great Story

This is my favorite book from my childhood and I still love it. I recently read it to my kids and they loved it as well.

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My favorite of the Brian saga books!

LOVED IT!! Read this after Hatchet, even though it's 3rd in series. You'll be happy!

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Awesome book, decent reader

Hatchet was so awesome that I had to hear this sequel. At first I thought it was weird that it was an alternate ending to Hatchet, but in the end I enjoyed it even more. The high detail of how Brian learned to survive was realistic and fun. You get a sense of how much the character had changed since the beginning of hatchet, so it's kind of a coming of age book. Anyone that dreams of living off the land will enjoy this. The reader was pretty good too.

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good book (MUST READ!!!!!!!)

love it so much. THE IS ONE OF THOUGHS BOOK YOU WILL KEEP COMING BACK TO OVER AND OVER AND OVER.

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enjoyed!

really enjoyed listening with my second grader. love this series and looking forward to the next one.

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Brian's Winter

I loved the book. very entertaining. You could see the book come to life. Awesome

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Performer killed it for me.

The performer reads everything in an excited and positive manner... The way he reads about a bear attack sounds like Brian feels lucky even happy to be beaten and robbed by a bear. It removes you from the story... the gravity of the situation falls away entirely. It makes listening to the story feel like a chore, like I’m listening to someone who’s just happy that they can read out loud.

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Just awesome!

Great alternate ending to Brian’s journey. I love how detailed the writing is and just feeling like I’m right there with him.

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Brian’s winter

Wow... I love the hatchet series so good of a book I hope I like the next book