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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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  • Susan
  • Ventura, CA, USA
  • 07-20-09

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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  • Armstrong
  • Abbott, TX, United States
  • 09-02-11

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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Amazing! I wish so bad I could live this!

Amazing book. listened to the whole thing in one sitting. I started this series when I was a teenager, I'm 40 now and I still get excited thinking about the story!

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my favorite childhood book series

if I'm to be honest, I think I actually preferred this book series to Harry Potter. I know it's crazy 😁. except for the first book, The Hatchet, I am always excited to read any books from the series. I crave reading this series about every 3 to 4 years, and think that it should have more recognition. The author is truly amazing, and invites people to use their imagination while creating this magical and terrifying world.

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excellent!

wonderful alternate ending to hatchet! in the end you could really feel why brian hesitated to leave.

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Fantastic alternate ending

Thanks for this, Gary. so happy I came across the series. I can't wait to introduce my son's to these books.

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A favorite of favorites

If you've ever read this book or any Gary Paulsen book, you will love this one on Audible, Richard Thomas and Peter Coyote's best work of any kind to me are the Hatchet books on Audible, and I have enjoyed their film work as well. New to this series of stories? Read Hatchet first and then go from there. Gary Paulsen is an outstanding author. I listen to the whole series every couple of years, they are that good.

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The best

one of my favorite book series and Gary Paulsen is one of the best authors out there!

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Awesome Brian's winter audio book

It has a great reader, good music in the back and it really explains the story better.

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another beautiful piece from his wild Epix,.......

this man always writes great books about the wild I've always loved his work ever since I read Hatchet in school I was a Class Clown they didn't pay attention ever and always like to party but as soon as I started this book in class I couldn't stop it and after I read Brian's Winter I knew for sure the Gary Paulsen was something special....