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Hatchet - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 5-8! We are excited for you to join us in reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Kits are ready for pickup today, Wednesday, March 1! Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Michelle know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want. No matter how much you do, the book is yours!

"Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen

"Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

More about the author, Canada, and survival:

NPR’s obituary for Gary Paulsen:

Random House Kids’ author introduction video for Gary Paulsen:

Canada’s national parks:

Orlando Science Center’s tips for outdoor survival:

MasterClass’s page on identifying edible berries:

Included as well: a word search, a crossword, a hatchet maze, and wilderness survival tips!

Like Hatchet? There are a few sequels available. Check them out!

We hope you enjoy these activities and would love to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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