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I am a 6th Grade Reading teacher and I would like to introduce my students to a realistic fiction; I know that in reading aloud with my class, I can inspire my readers to love and be passionate about reading. Reading a realistic fiction will help my students problem solve as they too can attempt to identify with the character's dilemma, and vicariously problem-solve as the character does in the story. Reading promotes my students' imagination and help them reflect on possibilities as well as learn how to deal with struggles that they may themselves, relate to and encounter. Significantly, when my students are engaged in reading, they are developing a life-long habit of reading for aesthetic and efferent reasons, and are building on their vocabulary abilities.
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Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)

by Gary Paulsen

Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson's survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four...

Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson's survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing days.

This twentieth-anniversary edition of Hatchet contains a new introduction and sidebar commentary by Gary Paulsen, written especially for this volume. Drew Willis's detailed pen-and-ink illustrations complement the descriptions in the text and add a new dimension to the book. This handsome edition of the Newbery Honor book will be treasured by Hatchet fans as well as by readers encountering Brian's unforgettable story for the first time.

Hardcover - 208 pages - $18.99
ISBN: 0689840926 (ISBN13: 9780689840920)
Published Apr 1, 2000 by Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books
First published 1987

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