Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga Series #3)

Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga Series #3)

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From three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen comes a beloved follow-up to his award-winning classic Hatchet that asks: What if Brian hadn't been rescued and had to face his deadliest enemy yet--winter?
In the Newbery Honor-winning Hatchet, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. As millions of readers know, he was rescued at the end of the summer. But what if that hadn't happened? What if Brian had been left to face his deadliest enemy--winter?
Brian Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy confronts the ultimate adventure.
“Paulsen picks Hatchet’s story up in midstream; read together, the two books make his finest tale of survival yet.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
“Breathtaking descriptions of nature . . . Paulsen fans will not be disappointed.” —School Library Journal

Read all the Hatchet Adventures!
Brian's Winter
The River
Brian's Return
Brian's Hunt

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739362754
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/11/2008
Series: A Hatchet Adventure Series , #3
Edition description: Unabridged, 3 CDs, 3 hrs. 10 min.
Pages: 3
Sales rank: 525,659
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young readers including three Newbery Honor books: The Winter Room, Hatchet, and Dogsong. Look for Hatchet, The River, Brian’s Return and Brian’s Hunt on audio from Listening Library.

Read an Excerpt

For two weeks the weather grew warmer and each day was more glorious than the one before. Hunting seemed to get better as well. Brian took foolbirds or rabbits every day and on one single day he took three foolbirds.

He ate everything and felt fat and lazy and one afternoon he actually lay in the sun. It was perhaps wrong to say he was happy. He spent too much time in loneliness for true happiness. But he found himself smiling as he worked around the camp and actually looked forward to bringing in wood in the soft afternoons just because it kept him out rummaging around in the woods.

He had made many friends—or at least acquaintances. Birds had taken on a special significance for him. At night the owls made their soft sounds, calling each other in almost ghostly hooonnes that scared him until he finally saw one call on a night when the moon was full and so bright it was almost like a cloudy day. He slept with their calls and before long would awaken if they didn't call.

Before dawn, just as gray light began to filter through the trees, the day birds began to sing. They started slowly but before the gray had become light enough to see ten yards all the birds started to sing and Brian was brought out of sleep by what seemed to be thousands of singing birds.

At first it all seemed to be noise but as he learned and listened, he found them all to be different. Robins had an evening song and one they sang right before a rainstorm and another when the rain was done. Blue jays spent all their time complaining and swearing but they also warned him when something—anything—was moving in the woods. Ravens and crows were the same—scrawking and cawing their way through the trees.

It was all, Brian found, about territory. Everybody wanted to own a place to live, a place to hunt. Birds didn't sing for fun, they sang to warn other birds to keep away—sang to tell them to stay out of their territory.

He had learned about property from the wolves. Several times he had seen a solitary wolf—a large male that came near the camp and studied the boy. The wolf did not seem to be afraid and did nothing to frighten Brian, and Brian even thought of him as a kind of friend.

The wolf seemed to come on a regular schedule, hunting, and Brian guessed that he ran a kind of circuit. At night while gazing at the fire Brian figured that if the wolf made five miles an hour and hunted ten hours a day, he must be traveling close to a hundred-mile loop.

After a month or so the wolf brought a friend, a smaller, younger male, and the second time they both came they stopped near Brian's camp and while Brian watched they peed on a rotten stump, both going twice on the same spot.

Brian had read about wolves and seen films about them: and knew that they "left sign," using urine to mark their territory. He had also read—he thought in a book by Farley Mowat—that the wolves respected others' territories as well as their own. As soon as they were well away from the old stump Brian went up and peed where they had left sign.

Five days later when they came through again Brian saw them stop, smell where he had gone and then spot the ground next to Brian's spot, accepting his boundary.

Good, he thought. I own something now. I belong. And he had gone on with his life believing that the wolves and he had settled everything.

But wolf rules and Brian rules only applied to wolves and Brian.

Then the bear came.

Brian had come to know bears as well as he knew wolves or birds. They were usually alone—unless it was a female with cubs—and they were absolutely, totally devoted to eating. He had seen them several times while picking berries, raking the bushes with their teeth to pull the fruit off—and a goodly number of leaves as well, which they spit out before swallowing the berries—and, as with the wolves, they seemed to get along with him.

That is to say Brian would see them eating and he would move away and let them pick where they wanted while he found another location. It worked for the bears, he thought, smiling, and it worked for him, and this thinking evolved into what Brian thought of as an understanding between him and the bears: Since he left them alone, they would leave him alone.

Unfortunately the bears did not know that it was an agreement, and Brian was suffering under the misunderstanding that, as in some imaginary politically correct society, everything was working out.

All of this made him totally unprepared for the reality of the woods. To wit: Bears and wolves did what they wanted to do, and Brian had to fit in.

He was literary awakened to the facts one morning during the two-week warm spell. Brian had been sleeping soundly and woke to the clunking sound of metal on rock. His mind and ears were tuned to all the natural sounds around him and there was no sound in nature of metal on stone. It snapped him awake in midbreath.

He was sleeping with his head in the opening of the shelter and he had his face out and when he opened his eyes he saw what appeared to be a wall of black-brown fur directly in front of him.

He thought he might be dreaming and shook his head but it didn't go away and he realized in the same moment that he was looking at the rear end of a bear. No, he thought with a clinical logic that surprised him—I am looking at the very large rear end of a very large bear.

The bear had come to Brian's camp—smelling the gutsmell of the dead rabbit, and the cooking odor from the pot. The bear did not see it as Brian's camp or territory. There was a food smell, it was hungry, it was time to eat.

It had found the pot and knife by the fire where Brian had left them and scooped them outside. Brian had washed them both in the lake when he finished eating, but the smell of food was still in the air. Working around the side of the opening, the bear had bumped the pan against a rock at the same moment that it had settled its rump in the entrance of Brian's shelter.

Brian pulled back a foot. "Hey—get out of there!" he yelled, and kicked the bear in the rear.

He was not certain what he expected. Perhaps that the bear would turn and realize its mistake and then sheepishly trundle away. Or that the bear would just run off.

With no hesitation, not even the smallest part of a second's delay, the bear turned and ripped the entire log side off the shelter with one sweep of a front paw and a moist "whouuuff" out of its nostrils.

Brian found himself looking up at the bear, turned now to look down on the boy, and with another snort the bear swung its left paw again and scooped Brian out of the hollow of the rock and flung him end over end for twenty feet. Then the bear slipped forward and used both front paws to pack Brian in a kind of ball and whap him down to the edge of the water, where he lay, dazed, thinking in some way that he was still back in the shelter.

The bear stopped and studied Brian for a long minute, then turned back to ransacking the camp, looking for where that delicious smell had come from. It sat back on its haunches and felt the air with its nostrils, located another faint odor stream and followed it down to the edge of the water where the fish pool lay. It dug in the water—not more than ten feet from where Brian now lay, trying to figure out if his arms and legs were still all attached to where they had been before—and pulled up the rabbit skull, still with bits of meat on it, and swallowed it whole. It dug around in the water again and found the guts and ate them and went back to rummaging around in the pool, and when nothing more could be found the bear looked once more at Brian, at the camp, and then walked away without looking back.

Other than some minor scratches where the bear's claws had slightly scraped him—it was more a boxing action than a clawing one—Brian was in one piece. He was still jolted and confused about just exactly which end was up, but most of all he was grateful.

He knew that the bear could have done much more damage than it had. He had seen a bear tear a stump out of the ground like a giant tooth when it was looking for grubworms and ants. This bear could just as easily have killed him, and had actually held back.

But as the day progressed Brian found himself stiffening, and by the time he was ready for bed his whole body ached and he knew he would be covered with bruises from the encounter.

He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry—something he did not like to think about—and his bow was good only for smaller game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a foolbird or rabbit with it and doubted that the bow would push the arrow deep enough to do anything but—again—make the bear really mad.

He bundled in his bag that night, the end of the two weeks of warm weather. He kept putting wood on the fire, half afraid the bear would come back. All the while he tried to think of a solution.

But in reality, the bear was not his primary adversary. Nor was the wolf, nor any animal. Brian had become his own worst enemy because in all the business of hunting, fishing and surviving he had forgotten the primary rule: Always, always pay attention to what was happening. Everything in nature means something and he had missed the warnings that summer was ending, had in many ways already ended, and what was coming would be the most dangerous thing he had faced since the plane crash.

An Excerpt from Brian's Winter

        He would have to find some way to protect himself, some weapon. The fire
        worked well when it was burning, but it had burned down. His hatchet and
        knife would have done nothing more than make the bear really angry—something
        he did not like to think about—and his bow was good only for smaller
        game. He had never tried to shoot anything bigger than a foolbird or rabbit
        with it and doubted that the bow would push the arrow deep enough to do
        anything but—again—make the bear really mad.

        He bundled in his bag that night, the end of the two weeks of warm weather.
        He kept putting wood on the fire, half afraid the bear would come back.
        All the while he tried to think of a solution.

        But in reality, the bear was not his primary adversary. Nor was the wolf,
        nor any animal. Brian had become his own worst enemy because in all the
        business of hunting, fishing and surviving he had forgotten the primary
        rule: Always, always pay attention to what was happening. Everything
        in nature means something and he had missed the warnings that summer was
        ending, had in many ways already ended, and what was coming would be the
        most dangerous thing he had faced since the plane crash.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gary Paulsen does it again with yet another book that is absolutely hard to put down! I would like to see these books being made into a movie!
smitty81 More than 1 year ago
The first book hatchet is in my opinion, the best book in the brians saga series. This book starts off where the first book ends. Its an alternative ending book and its worth reading. I would say hatchet is the best in the series and this is the second best. Its all about a boys survival in the winter with pretty much the basics. This book and hatchet are pretty "thrilling" (for a lack of better words), while the rest of the books in this series are good but pretty low key and laid back for the most part. Great books for younger outdoors kids that like to camp, hunt and fish. Please read my review of the first book hatchet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to give it to gary paulsen he made it on of the best books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gary Paulson has yet again shown amazing story skills! I have read Hatchet and I loved, so much I finished both these books in one day each!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just got this book ........grate for boyscots and for out dorslike kids and parints. Can not wate for the next book to come out. I wish these books can be made into movies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brian's winter is an excellent book. If you like outdoors or just like adventurous books this is the one for you. It starts out with a boy named Brian flying to Canada to visit his dad. When his pilot had a heart attack and the plane crashed. The pilot was dead but Brian survived. He took the the survival pack from the plane and started to make a shelter. The pack had a gun, fishing pole, foam pad, and a sleeping bag. He started fishing, hunting and fixing his shelter. One day his gun broke. So he started making a bow out of fishing line and a firm stick. It was now almost winter and his shelter was not winter proof yet. So he took mud from the lake and packs a rock with it. He then rolled it in the opened end of the shelter. It was now winter and the shelter was winter proof. He continued to make bows and hunt for small animals. One day he was out walking when he approached a moose. Then he held his hatchet in front of him and the moose dropped on top of him. He was sore for a couple of days. But he had plenty of meat. He was walking buy the lake one day and found some toboggan tracks he followed them. He came to a family of trappers. He stayed with them for a couple of weeks. When the supply plane came back he rode back with him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another saga from the award winning book "Hatchet". This one is based on if Brian was not rescued and he had to survive the winter after the plane crash. It was really good and had some tear-jerking moments. In all glad the Brian saga has two more books. I love the fact that he learns by error to survive. If you read this book read "Hatchet" first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow i loved this book now i want a movie
BulldogProud More than 1 year ago
It just turned seasons and Brian has to survive the rugged winter. He made himself a tiny hut to live in. He has a homemade bow and a hatchet to protect himself with and hunt with. One day, he was hunting for rabbits and he saw a huge moose appear in a clearing a little ways in front of him so he decided to go kill it. When he was getting close enough to shoot the moose, wolves attacked it. So when the wolves left he drug it back to his hut. He stored a lot of it and cooked up a little piece of it and ate it. That is all he had to survive off of. Brian went and caught two fish when he was running low on moose meat. He had to make a kayak to travel to different places. I think Brian’s winter was a great book about surviving and hunting for food. I think the way Gary Paulsen wrote this story keeps the story going. The book was very exciting in some parts and exhilarating. This story was ok to read. I don’t know if I would recommend this story anyone else. I think I would recommend this story to anybody that likes action, adventure, and survival stories. Overall, I think this book is an ok book and it is very fun to read yet I am giving it 3 stars.
arenee1 More than 1 year ago
Gary Paulsen has won many awards from the book Brian's Winter like Missouri Mark Twain award, Nebraska Golden Sower award, South Carolina Junior book award, and Indiana young Hoosier award so on. However i think people should read Brian's Winter because this book has many engaging moments full with suspense, and surprises. Though my favorite part of this book, is when Brian had made a friend out in the Canadian Wilderness and it was a skunk named Betty. In addition one night a bear came and destroyed Brian's shelter to get meat that he needed, but Betty came and sprayed the bear in the face and the bear left running not turning back. A quick short summary of this book is that Brian is trying to survive in the cold harsh conditions in the winter of the Canadian Woods. However he simply isn't ready for the cold, and for the problems he is going to face. Will Brian survive in the winter or not? I think that many readers would want to read this book because it always keeps you engaged in the story. Not only that but it has suspense, action, and adventure that i know a lot of readers like.
Tessb More than 1 year ago
In the book Brian's Winter by Gary Paulson, this book got the Margaret Edwards award from the american libray assosiation in 1997 also the IRA young adults choice award. You should read this book it has good details and it can create connections with the reader I wish that it had more action it seemed like it only had action every now and then. In the book Brian is stranded and trying to prepare for winter, every day he wishes to be saved watch how he enters the hardships of winter. My favorite part is when he meets Betty the skunk I like how he gives it a name to the skunk as if it is a person. The readers that would like this book is adventures and brave readers those are both characteristics of Brian you should get this book it is very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brian’s Winter Canada is one of the coldest places in North America. Now that Brian Robeson, a normal teenage kid, is stuck there, he is going into one of the biggest challenges of his young life. After a horrific plane crash, Brian is left the sole survivor and is entering the cold winter of Canada. He uses his best instincts and a little bit of luck to find food and survive. The story is full of twists and turns that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Gary Paulsen spins a fabulous tale that I recommend for people of all ages. Henry Y.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the best book i have ever read i give the book 5 Stars
AWR More than 1 year ago
In the story Brian’s Winter Brian takes a big step and adventure than he ever has before. He makes new things he makes. This story is an adventure for Brian and the reader. I personally think this story would be most enjoyable for 5th through 6th graders. Brian thinks he is safe but realizes his biggest enemy is still yet to come........winter. You see how he survives how he survives but the question is does he survive.
worm2mason More than 1 year ago
this book is full of action and you will want to read it every time you get the chance. this book is about a 13 year old boy stuck in the middle of the Canadian wilderness with nothing. but with winter around the corner brian will have to work harder than ever. i recommend this book for people 10 and up. because it has a little bit of every thing. have fun reading.
hawkins101emma More than 1 year ago
are you 10-13 and love realistic adventure. then you should read brains winter by award winning author Gary Paulson. this book makes you feel the danger and hardships brain is experiencing. you connect with brain so much that when it is over you feel like you lost your best friend. there are many good parts in this book but my favorite by far is when he tries out his new bow its so exiting and nerve racking wondering if he will make the hunt of a life time. in this book brain prepares for his most deadly obstetrical yet....winter. brain goes on many adventures to survive the harsh cold. will brain do the unforgettable and survive the deadly winter with his wits and a hatchet. this book will keep you begging for more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a exellent and vey detailed book i really enjoyed reading it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just read hatchet in my class and know we r waching the moivie know i our class . I cant wait to read Brians winter and by the time im done i hope they have a moive
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not a fan of alternate endings but gary paulsen made alternate endings better( I also really like hatchet)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It also has a 5th book
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book, Brian¿s Winter was about a boy named Brian Robenson that was stuck in the Canadian Wilderness in the middle of the winter. He only has a few tools that could help him survive and had summer clothing on. Brian has to survive through the rough Canadian winter with no one and nothing except some tools to help him survive. I would give Brian¿s Winter three stars because it was not the best book I have read but it was not the worst. The book was until there was trouble, and then it became more exciting. When he went hunting it was kind of obvious he was going to get hurt or he would kill the animal successfully. I thought that Brian¿s Winter And Hatchet were exactly the same book but just different settings. If the story had a little more action it would be a more enjoyable to read.
SCHS_Reader More than 1 year ago
Brian’s Winter is about a 13 year old boy named Brian who is stranded out in the Canadian wilderness with only a hatchet. He has to survive throughout the winter when he is not prepared. Brian has to hunt for his daily meals and adjust to the cold weather. Throughout this book he learns how to sew quilts, clothing, rugs, etc. Brian then discovers that he can make friends with the animals that live all around his makeshift. He had made friends with a skunk named Betty, and additionally became content with wolves. David Smallhorn becomes his fellow friend and then he is rescued by his family. I would definitely recommend this book because it is such an attention grabber with all of Brian’s educational discoveries. I love how in this book you can learn many things about survival. One reason I wouldn't recommend it is because at some periods during the book it is really boring. I wish it had more action like maybe a bear attacks him while he is hunting for rabbits for an example. Otherwise this book is really great and I think you should read it!
ykolstad on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Adventure lovers will love Brian's Winter. Lots of graphic details regarding survival in the wilderness. I appreciated the appreciation for the beautiful wilderness that the author (Paulsen) gifted his main character with.
chengc28 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian¿s Winter is a adventure novel written by Gary Paulsen. It was nominated in 1999 for a YRCA (youth division).While Brian¿s Winter can be read as a standalone novel, it is pretty much is a supplement to Gary Paulsen¿s famous, three-time Newberry Award winning novel, Hatchet. The novel provides an alternative ending to Hatchet, whereby the protagonist Brian Robeson is not rescued after being stranded for 54 days in the Canadian wilderness, and must learn to survive the harsh Canadian winter. The real strength of the novel is the author¿s masterful balance of quick-paced action and detailed descriptions. That being said, Brian¿s Winter is an inferior novel compared to the more well-rounded Hatchet, especially in terms of character development. Therefore, I would recommend readers to read Hatchet first, before moving on to Brian¿s Winter, for the ¿full experience¿. Overall, Brian¿s Winter is must-read for any fan of Hatchet or adventure/survival fiction. It is a very enjoyable, fast-paced read at only 134 pages.