Sitting next to the pilot in a single-engine plane headed for the Canadian wilderness, where he will visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is haunted by his thoughts of that divorce and his knowledge of the Secret that caused it. When the plane crashes, Brian is the sole survivor. Left with only the clothes on his back and a hatchet his mother gave him as a parting gift, Brian must face the devastating truth: "Right now I'm all I've got. I have to do something." He must learn to survive.
Though the book is a dramatic read, I would not recommend it for readers that are younger or less mature, or those experiencing family srife because of the ideological setting. As with anything I think you should read it yourself before you decide if it is good for your child or not.
Availale on wikipedia: "the boy is stranded and the bittersweet memory of his mother, who Brian has discovered was cheating on his father...Finally, after reaching his father, he is no closer to being able to tell him about the mother's affair than at the novel's beginning." Though the boy's learning survival skills is empowering to him, it does noting to help him survive the emotional wilderness created by his selfish parents.
My daughter had to read this for school. She was frustrated and expected it to be a "boy" book. Well, it was BUT she LOVED it. It is very well written and has plenty of adventure!
Had to read for Children's Literature Course; Great for middle school student! Story is about a child who has to survive on his own after his plane goes down... very compelling ... about coming of age. Great read!
I didn't read this children's classice till I was about 25 and I loved it anyway. This is a multiple award winner, and the classic tale of survival in the wilderness, and discovery of oneself, deserved all awards given.