Brian's Return

Brian's Return

Book - 1999
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After having survived alone in the wilderness, Brian finds that he can no longer live in the city but must return to the place where he really belongs.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780385325004
Branch Call Number: J/PAUL
Characteristics: 115p. 22cm.


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Aug 29, 2020

First few chapters set scene for Brian to return to woods, much better after that when continues with more Brian adventures.

Aug 19, 2020

I might have expected too much from this Hatchet sequel. I'm not sure what it says about your novel when the best part of it is the Author's Note at the end. If the whole book had been about the last three pages, I would certainly have been more engaged and interested. Paulsen talks about his own experiences in the bush, and what he got out of it, and his draw to the woods and fight against a normal life. Half of this short book is Brian's struggle to fit back into the world he came from, before the forest. Paulson focuses heavily on Brian hanging out with friends, and then eventually seeing a therapist. This is unnecessary and will lose people, even as short as this book is. Readers of Hatchet didn't sign up to see a kid go to therapy. Brian is finally back in the wilderness at page 60- out of a 110 page book. His journey up the rivers and lakes to his destination is rushed, and not nearly enough time is spent on things like hunting, food preparation, fire building, survival things... you know, the reason why kids were reading this series to begin with. I can only hope it turns around with the last installment.

Aug 02, 2018

Although this isn’t the book that has the most action (actually it probably has the least) I thought that it was a wonderful read, because Brian describes everything so perfectly in this book that I feel like I was with Brian. Beautiful description. Would definitely recommend.

DBRL_KrisA Apr 29, 2017

This is (in my opinion) the best of the books in this series. There's not a whole lot of action, but it's a beautiful description of how Brian feels the need to return to the wilderness, and what awaits him there.
After spending the winter in the wilderness (Paulsen incorporates the "what-if" scenario from Brian's Winter into this book), Brian returns to his "normal" life of school and friends, but something just doesn't feel right. He doesn't care about the little things that other students are talking about - like girlfriends, and television shows, etc. - and he starts becoming more isolated. After an incident with a bully, where Brian reverts to his wilderness self and seriously injures the other student, he is required to spend time with a therapist. As he describes his survival experiences to the therapist, he comes to the realization that he wants (no, needs) to go back to the wilderness. This book is all about that trip and about Brian's spiritual awakening.


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Mar 13, 2014

allen6to7 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 73

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