Seriously, I read this maybe in fourth grade? Despair, disappointment, hopeless, sad, alone etc. This link between mind and body is a new sensation for Brian, and a sign of his increasing comfort with nature. The writing style is one of those flaws; i did not like it. As long as he remains positive and active, he can accomplish virtually anything. This new Brian is the one that's really able to make use of the resources and nature around him. The memories of the divorce, fresh and painful, plague him throughout the book, although less so the more time passes. As an afterthought he threw in the remains of the twenty-dollar bill.
The plane gone, his family gone, all of it gone. A flattened board Brian used to lay his fish on and lean to the fire to cook them p. Throughout the book, we learn all of the different ways how Brian learns to adapt to his new and unfamiliar surroundings. His parents got divorced because of the 'Secret'. He's got a practical, hands-on kind of smarts. It sets in fast and it's almost constant.
The protagonist is a thirteen-year I have to be honest. Slicing deep into him with hate. The first few days are a blur as he recovers from the crash and tries to get his bearings. But this time one spark fell on one small hair of dry bark—almost a thread of bark—and seemed to glow a bit brighter before it died. A city boy is stranded in the Canadian wilderness, equipped with nothing but a hatchet and the clothes on his back. Interest Level Grades 5-12; Grade Level Equiv 5.
If you eat mysterious berries, they just might give you severe diarrhea. He needs to experience this low in order to turn his mentality around, so that he could begin to survive for the sake of surviving, not merely in the hope of being rescued. As the plane disappears in the distance, though, he's forced to confront the fact that no rescue will be coming and he's likely to be on his own for a long time. This is a great book. I'd rather be faced with the zombie apocalypse or a gang of mass murdering rapists than being stuck in the middle of Canada so snot-face has to learn to survive on his own. Also in the bag is an emergency transmitter, but Brian puts it aside after flipping the switch on it a few times and hearing nothing. He has found a positive attitude.
This is foreshadowing what is about to happen. We have to be strong and fight to save ourselves, whether it's physically, mentally, or emotionally. They just can't pay attention. He thinks back to his English teacher, Mr. Can you imagine what this must be like? Both my offspring read it in school, although I don't remember which grades it was assigned.
I practically flew through the pages. Someone may want to tell him that there are other ways to provoke a response in a reader than going right for the gut, so to speak. This is Brian's lowest point of the entire novel--he even tried to commit suicide. Many kids report that this is the first school-assigned book they fell in love with. If this man is the pilot of a charter prop plane that you're flying alone in, you could be fucked. Not sure what I would have done in his circumstances, but I see the point that the chances of shelter like that would have been few and far between.
He makes it inside the plane and gets out with the survival pack, but not before seeing the remains of the dead pilot, eaten by fish. He was in a plane crash and was the only one to survive. The plane disappears before he can manage this, however, and Brian realizes that now that the search plane has not found him here, it will not come back. Brian again with the help of his handy hatchet is able to get into the plane and recover the dead pilot's emergency survival pack. What better way to encourage kids to go outside than to have them sit inside and read a book about a boy who is outside? By the end of this novel, I totally realized why it is a Newberry Award winner. Besides the survival story being the focus, the Secret also weighed heavy in his mind, and ends up being a continuous thing he has to carry.
Later on in his stranded time, Brian looks back and refers to himself as weak. His father and Terry telling him how to make a fire p. He's brave, courageous, and confident. He makes a crude shelter in a hollowed out part of a rock outcropping beside the lake; however, on his first night in the shelter a porcupine sneaks in, tries to eat his raspberries, and then sticks him with its quills. Just to throw a wrench into the works, our nice, friendly author tosses a plane crash at this poor boy and strands him all alone in the wilderness.