Megan Recommends – Hatchet

Book Recommendation for tweens –

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

I have often asked myself how I would survive in some tough conditions (as many are forced to do) like lost in the woods, stranded on the highway, in a plane crash, etc. this book tells the story of self discovery and survival in some extreme circumstances.  In Hatchet, Brian is on his way to see his father (parents are separated) for the summer and the plane crashes (this is not a spoiler – it happens almost immediately).  If you are experiencing a deployment, move or absence this is a great book to have your tween read as it will remind them that there are worse situations and that there are things you can survive that you wouldn’t have believed yourself capable of.

There are several situations that Brian finds himself stuck in.  If you can, read the book with your child and talk to them about what their personal bear or porcupine is, what their weather is and what things do they have to make it through tough times.

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