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Brian's Hunt Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0307929590
LANGUAGE: English

"The book "Brian's Hunt" was a good book. I would recommend this book to people who love the wilderness and a good adventure. The reading comprehension level would be good for middle school aged kids. This book was about a kid named Brian who went out in the wilderness to see a couple of his trapping friends. First, he canoed, hunted, and spent nights sleeping in the wilderness. He slept most of the nights in his canoe. When he was in the middle of the lake he heard a light whimpering from a dog he spotted on the bank. The dog had been slashed open by something big. After he picked up the dog, he made it to the island where he thought his trapping friends were. Once he searched around the island, he found their dead bodies. He then noticed his canoe was missing. This book has a lot of good suspension which is why I would read it again!" said.

"Millions of readers of" Hatchet, The River, Brian's Winter," and "Brian's Return" know that Brian Robeson is at home in the Canadian wilderness. He has stood up to the challenge of surviving alone in the woods. He prefers being on his own in the natural world to civilization.
When Brian finds a dog one night, a dog that is wounded and whimpering, he senses danger. The dog is badly hurt, and as Brian cares for it, he worries about his Cree friends who live north of his camp. His instincts tell him to head north, quickly. With his new companion at his side, and with a terrible, growing sense of unease, he sets out to learn what happened. He sets out on the hunt.
Elements that I liked:
This is by far my favorite book of this amazing series! It had the missing link; a dog. It really pulled the whole story together. Also, there was loss. That added an amazing touch to the last book of the series. It had action, adventure, and companionship. My three favorite qualities in a book. A must read for everyone.
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"Although, I enjoy hiking and running, I am not into the extreme outdoors and therefore I am not really into Paulsen books too much.

This book is the most recent in a series of books, starting with Hatchet, which follows Brian Robeson as he journeys through the Canadian wilderness. With his parents’ permission, Brian chooses to go back and live in the wilderness because he prefers it over his life in the city. Several days into his stay, he finds a wounded dog whom he befriends and nurtures back to help. Then Brian heads to north to check on his Cree friends but once he arrives, Brian finds that several of them have been killed. At this point, Brian sets out to hunt and kill whoever or whatever hurt his dog and his friends.

This book would appeal to young boys and girls interested in the outdoors. At times it details how Brian hunts and cleans food. However, I also think that this book would appeal to struggling middle school readers because it is high-interest but low difficulty in regards to vocabulary and length.
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" Brian's Hunt is a good book. This time Brian is back in the wilderness, because there is something missing from his life. When he gets to the forest he finds a dog. He thinks the dog belongs to the Cree trapping family. The dog is hurt so Brian tries to take care of it. Brian doesn't know what did it so he thinks it was a bear,but doesn't know for shore so it could be anything. So Brian goes to the Crees house and every thing is torn up and Susans parents are dead. he wondered where she is but i cant tell you. you will have to find out it is the last book so it is really exciting.
The theme of the book is survival. Brain has too hunt for food, build shelter, stay away from dangerous animals and much, much more. Don't be afraid is one of the authors meanings in the book, I mean he finds a dog that is practically shredded on one side and he wants to find out who or what did it that is pretty brave.A symbol of survival is the dog, the dog is basically falling apart and he survives the whole book. People should read this book because it is short (for those of you who like short books), it is a good book and there are some survival skills in the book.
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"If this book was combined with Brian's Return, I would’ve enjoyed the latter better. Brian’s Hunt continues off from where we left Brian, who was on his way to the Cree trapping family he met in Brian's Winter. He meets an injured dog along the way, and witnesses a cruel and disturbing scene that leads Brian to The Hunt. In this last (for now) book in the Brian’s Saga series, Paulsen shows us a harshness of nature that is not present in the previous books. The one thing I didn’t like about this book was the addition of the Cree family’s daughter, who is around Brian’s age. Paulsen tempts us with a potential romance but doesn’t deliver – she’s a necessary (but minor) installment in this story, but Brian’s thoughts about her made it seem like she has a bigger role. (See, I stop understanding Brian when he starts turning into a teenager.) But nevertheless, this book is intense and captivating, and has a powerful message that is driven by vivid imagery and suspenseful scenes.

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“Brian’s Hunt” by Gary Paulsen, is the fifth book in the series. It is about a teenager named Brian who loves the outdoors. He is on a 56 day journey on an island in which he learns to live off the land. While alone on the island he is rescued by a family who lives there. One night he heard a dog whimpering and went to see what was wrong. The dog turned out to be hurt. It had a big cut in the side, in which he fixes up with fishing line. He then realizes it is a house dog and heads out to find the family. He ends up finding both parents were mauled by a bear and their daughter is nowhere to be found. He finally finds her hiding in a boat and tells her what has happened. Brian is now on a mission to kill the bear. He finds the bear and ends up killing it.


Brain is the main character in the book. He is a 16 year old boy who is an avid outdoorsman. He is very down to earth and shows a ton of bravery by killing the bear.


The setting of the story is on an unnamed island that Brian ends up on. This could take place at anytime. The setting is very well described and makes for great illustrations throughout the book.


The main theme in the book is bravery. It takes so much bravery to go kill the bear with basically his hands. Also for being brave enough in general just to stay in the woods for such a long time.

I would rate this book a four out of five because it overall is a great story but it does drags on a little bit. I would recommend “Brian’s Hunt”, to fifth grade and up. If you enjoy hunting or an outdoor story this is a good book to read.Both girls and boys would enjoy this book.
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"I believe that the Gary Paulsen's main idea of Brian's Hunt was to show how a boy can overcome being in a plane crash and getting stranded on an island, and then two years later go back into the wilderness by himself. The book takes place in the wilderness, with Brian alone in the wilderness. This book is told in third person limited. Brian Roberson is the main character and he is in the wilderness for the first time by himself, just two years after he was in a plane crash. He is a little bit timid at first, but throughout the book he starts to enjoy the wilderness. Brian refers to his parents a lot in this book. Brian tries to think of ways to get his parents back together throughout the book, but every time he realizes that his parents will never get back together. Brian overcomes many of the obstacles that the wilderness brings and is very brave throughout the book.

Brian tries to think of ways to get his parents back together throughout the book, but every time he realizes why his parents will never get back together. "He did not hate his parents. He loved them. He'd wanted to see if there was some way he could make the two worlds work together, but he could not; their world was ugly to him and was filled with awful tastes and smells." This shows that even though Brian could try to make his parents get back together, it would never work. Brian's Hunt made me think about and understand how brave a person has to be to go back into the wilderness by their self or go back into any scary place for that matter, just two years after you went trough something as bad as being in a plane crash and being lost in the wilderness by yourself. This book ok. I thought that it could have been better. One example of how the book could have been better was that Gary Paulsen could have made the book describe the title and make the title make sense. I would recommend this book to someone who likes adventure.
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"If I could give it 2.5 stars, I would. Oddly enough - my main critique is its length - too short. The beginning was lovely: descriptions of Brian settling into his life in the woods, finding the dog, journeying together. However, once the "action" starts it moves pretty quickly. Also some cliched use of the "it's personal" trope. Also - Brian comes off a bit of a braggart - assuming that everyone - park rangers to native peoples - doesn't know as much about life "in the bush" as he does. For example, opting not to use a firearm because he is a purist, etc. he is also fairly dismissive of his home life - mom and dad - and seems to lack some basic empathy that his reckless behavior might affect others. Regardless, still a fun story to follow.

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