Hatchet
The theme of the story Hatchet is determination, perseverance and survival.

Brian Robeson, whose parents are divorced, flies to visit his father in Canadian
wilderness. His pilot has a heart attack and dies. Brian managed to land the
plane in a lake, and escape unharmed. Now comes the hard part, surviving in the
wilderness until rescued. He does have one tool to help him, a hatchet that his
mother had given him as a gift. He will have to use it, his own determination,
imagination, perseverance and common sense to survive. Summary: This flight to
see his father in the Canadian wilderness is Brains first time in an airplane.

He explains this to the pilot and tells him that he is scared. The pilot feels
sorry for Brian and decides to show him that flying is not very difficult. He
lets Brian take the steering control and direct the line of flight for awhile.

Just when Brian thinks that everything is going well, the pilot has a heart
attack and dies. Brian knows he must land the plane himself or die. He tries to
use the radio without success. He knows that if he hits the trees, he can die,
so he decides to land in the water of a lake. When the plane is in the water, he
gets out through a window. He lay on the bank of the lake for a while to rest.

Brian knew he needed food and shelter to survive so he set out to find both. He
was very careful not to get lost or go too far from the lake where his water
was. He found a cherry tree and because he was very hungry, he ate his fill. He
filled his windbreaker with cherries to eat later and then managed to find a
cave for shelter. He slept very well, but in the morning when he awoke, he saw a
bear in the cave. He was terrified, because the bear was only about 20 feet away
eating his cherries out of his windbreaker. The bear only looked at Brian and
then left. The cherries must have been enough to curb his appetite! The
discovery of how to make a fire was very important to Brains survival. He needed
to have one at the mouth of the cave to protect him from wild animals, and to
signal for help. He discovered it by mistake when a porcupine wandered into his
cave! It was dark in the cave and he heard something moving. He knew it was
alive, but not what it was. He kicked it. It was then, when the quills shot into
his foot that he knew it was a porcupine. He was in pain, and knew he could not
touch it. He threw his hatchet, and when it hit the rock of the cave instead of
the porcupine, it made a spark. He knew how to make the spark, now all he had to
do was find the fuel. He knew he needed some type of meat to survive, so he
decided to catch fish. First he tried to catch them with his hands, but he soon
knew he needed a better plan. He made a primitive bow and arrow. He was very
proud of himself when he was able to use it to catch fish, or shoot a bird. He
would scoured them and cook them over his fire. He was becoming better all the
time at survival. One day a tornado went through the area. The tornado turned
out to be a revelation. It moved the plane so that the tail was now sticking out
of the water. It was then that Brian remembered that the plane contained a
survival pack. It was very difficult to get to, and it took a long time. He
almost lost his hatchet while trying to cut a hole in the plane, but he was able
to retrieve it. When he finally got back on dry land, he found that the pack
contained food, knife, rifle, and C. B. radio. He tried to use the radio, but he
did not think it was working. He found out that he was wrong when a rescue plane
showed up, it was working! Character Description: Brian Robeson is a typical 13
year old boy trying to cope with his parents divorce. He is not happy about his
mothersí new boyfriend, and he is very excited about going to visit his
father. He wears the typical tennis shoes, jeans, and T-shirt