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The river

by Paulsen, Gary.

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In this sequel to Hatchet, Paulsen takes the wilderness adventure beyond self-preservation & makes teen Brian responsible for saving someone else. Because of his success surviving alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days, fifteen-year-old Brian, profoundly changed by his time in the wild, is asked to undergo a similar experience to help scientists learn more about the psychology of survival. "We want you to do it again." These words, spoken to Brian Robeson, will change his life. Two years earlier, Brian was stranded alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived. Now the government wants him to do it again -- to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. This time he won't be alone: Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him to observe and take notes. But during a freak storm, Derek is hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Their radio transmitter is dead. Brian is afraid that Derek will die of dehydration unless he can get him to a doctor. His only hope is to build a raft and try to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post -- if the map he has is accurate.
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Booklist Review: "Gr. 5-12. In this sequel to Hatchet [BKL N 15 87], one of the best and most popular books of the 1980s, Paulsen takes the wilderness adventure beyond self-preservation and makes teenager Brian Robeson responsible for saving someone else. It's a year later, and Brian, now 15, is persuaded to repeat what he did in Hatchet--survive for a period in the Canadian wilderness. This time, though, he won't be alone; Derek, a government psychologist, will take notes so that others can learn from Brian's experience. Everything goes well, in fact, too well; it's like a pleasant camping trip, until Derek is hit by lightning and lies in a coma. With no tools except a knife, Brian has to build a raft, navigate the river and the wild rapids, and haul Derek to the trading post about 100 miles downstream. It's all very well for Paulsen to insist that luck is part of survival, but there's luck and then there's wild coincidence--are we really supposed to believe that Brian would find all the logs for the raft conveniently cut for him right there in a beavers' clearing? As usual, Paulsen overdoes the Hemingway-type cadences and sonorous repetitions, especially when he's talking about Life. But at its best, the terse, almost monosyllabic writing perfectly expresses the basic struggle in the woods. There's candor not only in the dark scene where Brian is tempted to ditch Derek and make it alone, but also in the undramatic final admission that Derek would probably have been all right even if Brian had not made the run. Young people (including the most reluctant readers) will find the survival detail as gripping as ever, and when rooted in physical fact--in what the final chapter title calls "Measurements"--the plain words tell a great story of rebirth and connection. ~--Hazel Rochman"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Nearly two years after being marooned in the wilderness--the experience recounted in Hatchet --Brian agrees to go back, accompanied by Derek, a psychologist who wants to study the strategies and especially the mental toughness that brought Brian through. At first he chafes at the relative comforts, the lack of true challenge, this second time around. All that changes when Derek is struck by lightning and falls into a coma--Brian must raft Derek to the nearest outpost, 100 miles downriver. In attempting this sequel Paulsen has set himself a difficult task, which he meets superbly. The new adventure is as riveting as its predecessor and yet, because of significant differences in the nature of its dramatic tension, is not merely a clone. The experiences of Hatchet , distilled by time, inform Brian's character throughout, so that the psychological terrain of the sequel is fresh and distinct. The older Brian is more reflective and accepting, and these qualities add new dimensions to his interactions with nature. And returning to the north effects a subtle but startling change: instantly, almost unconsciously, Brian finds himself absorbing every detail of the scene around him--taking the scent of the wind, reading the shape of each cloud--and in the process turning inward, finding words superfluous in the face of the wild. There is no dearth of action and physical suspense here, rendered in terse, heart-stopping prose. Paulsen, as always, pulls no punches: a scene in which Brian fantasizes about cutting Derek loose from the raft is as powerful as they come. Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Series Brian Robeson series
#1 - Hatchet
#2 - The River
#3 - Brian's winter
#4 - Brian's return
Subjects Survival Juvenile fiction
Self-reliance Juvenile fiction
Shipwreck survival Juvenile fiction
Survival Fiction
Self-reliance Fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :Random House Children's Books2001
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9780440229674
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