The River

The River

Book - 1991
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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.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1991.
ISBN: 9780385303880
Branch Call Number: YA Paul
Characteristics: 132 p. : map ; 25 cm.


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Aug 02, 2018

I read the book Hatchet first, and a year later I realized that there was a sequel. A really good and quick read, although Hatchet is still my favourite book. Definitely recommend reading Hatchet first.

Jul 02, 2018

Not as good as Hatchet but still really good!!

Jul 27, 2016

Read this after reading Hatchet, then Brian's Winter.

May 29, 2016

Quick, interesting read. Not quite as good as Hatchet, but still a very good YA book. Brian is amazing.

Mar 17, 2015

After reading Hatchet, I found out The River is sequel to Hatchet, so I started to read. This is a really nice survival book, and really I like it. Can't wait to read Brian's Winter. ^^

Jul 31, 2013

This is a great book!!!!! I had read the first book, hatchet, and it was a really great book so I wanted to make sure I found the second one to see if I would like it too. It is a continuation of Brian's story... He's going back to the woods with a government psychologist and things don't go as planned.... It was a very good book, just like I suggested it would be.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

really good book!


Nov 18, 2011

this book is, although not as good and exciting as hatchet, good. it is about after Brian gets rescued, and then some people from the government has requested to make Brian go back to the woods again, teaching them how to survive, so they can teach people from the government. Brian agrees and then something terrible happens and has to survive and look after someone.

hermlou Sep 02, 2011

Not as good as Hatchet, The River still is exciting reading. Brian goes to a different wilderness location with a psychologist so that scientists can understand the psychological aspect of survival in the wilderness. They find shelter and build a fire, and then a thunderstorm changes their cozy life.


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Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

I have just finished the book called. “The River” by Gary Paulsen a realistic-fiction book. In this book the protagonist is Brian Robeson a fourteen year old teenager. The setting which most took place was the forest of Northern Canada. Brian is trying to go to Canada by an airplane to see his father during the summer; however, the pilot had a heart attack and died the plane; however, went out of control and Brian and the pilot fell down into a lake in the Northern Canada forest. The protagonist is the obstacles is the things in the forest that is trying to get him dead, for an example: the mosquitoes are keep on biting him and lead poison into his body which could lead him to death. So now continuing the second book, he is still trying to survive and trying to find help by fixing the radio and using things from the fallen airplane.


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