Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga Series #5)

Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga Series #5)

by Gary Paulsen

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ISBN-13: 9780307929594
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Brian's Saga Series , #5
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 16,626
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

GARY PAULSEN is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people. His most recent books are Flat Broke; Liar, Liar; Masters of Disaster; Lawn Boy Returns; Woods Runner; Notes from the Dog; Mudshark; Lawn Boy; Molly McGinty Has a Really Good Day; The Time Hackers; and The Amazing Life of Birds (The Twenty Day Puberty Journal of Duane Homer Leech).

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Chapter 1


He was in his world again. He was back.

It was high summer coming to fall and Brian was back in the far reaches of wilderness—or as he thought of it now, home. He had his canoe and bow and matches and this time he'd added some dried food, beans and rice and sugar. He also had a small container of tea, which he'd come to enjoy. He had a small cook set, and a can to make little fires in the middle of the canoe; he put leaves on to make smoke to drive the flies and gnats and mosquitoes away. He had some salt and pepper and, almost a treat, matches. He still could not get over how wonderful it was to just be able to make a fire when he wanted one, and he never sat down to a cook fire without smiling and remembering when his life in the wilderness had begun. His first time alone.

He dreamt of it often and at first his dreams sometimes had the qualities of nightmares. He dreamt he was sitting there in the small plane, the only passenger, with the pilot dying and the plane crashing into the lake below. He awakened sometimes with sudden fear, his breath coming fast. The crash itself had been so wild and he had been so out of control that the more he had grown in the years since, the more he had learned and handled difficult situations, the more insane the crash seemed; a wild, careening, ripping ride down through trees to end not in peace but in the water, nearly drowning—in the nightmares it was like dying and then not dying to die again.

But the bad dreams were rare, rarer all the time, and when he had them at all now they were in the nature of fond memories of his first months alone in the bush, or even full-blown humor: the skunk that had moved in with him and kept the bear away; how Brian had eaten too many gut berries, which he'd later found were really called chokecherries (a great name, he thought); a chickadee that had once landed on his knee to take food from his hand.

He had been . . . young then, more than two years ago. He was still young by most standards, just sixteen. But he was more seasoned now and back then he had acted young—no, that wasn't quite it either. New. He had been new then and now he was perhaps not so new.

He paused in his thinking and let the outside world come into his open mind. East edge of a small lake, midday, there would be small fish in the reeds and lily pads, sunfish and bluegills, good eating fish, and he'd have to catch some for his one hot meal a day. Sun high overhead, warm on his back but not hot the way it had been earlier in the week; no, hot but not muggy. The summer was drying out, getting ready for fall. Loon cry off to the left, not distress, not a baby lost to pike or musky; the babies would be big enough now to evade danger on their own, almost ready to fly, and would not have to ride on their mother's backs for safety as they did when they were first hatched out.

He was close in on the lily pads and something moved suddenly in the brush just up the bank, rustling through the thick, green foliage, and though it sounded big and made a lot of noise he knew it was probably a squirrel or even a mouse. They made an inordinate amount of noise as they traveled through the leaves and humus on the ground. And there was no heavy footfall feeling as there would be with a moose or deer or bear, although bear usually were relatively quiet when they moved.

High-pitched screeeeee of hawk or eagle hunting and calling to his or her mate; he couldn't always tell yet between the cry of hawk and eagle.

A yip of coyote, not wolf because it was not deep enough, and not a call, not a howl or a song but more a yip of irritation.

He had heard that yip before when he'd watched a coyote hunting mice by a huge old pine log. The log had holes beneath it from one side to the other and the mice could dance back and forth beneath the log through the holes, while the coyote had to run around the end, or jump over the top, and the mice simply scurried back and forth under it to avoid him. The coyote tried everything, hiding, waiting, digging a hole big enough for himself under the log so he could move back and forth, but nothing worked. After over an hour of trying to get at the mice, he finally stood on top of the log looking down one side, then the other, raised his head and looked right at Brian as if he'd known Brian was there the whole time, and gave an irritated, downright angry yip. It was, Brian felt, a kind of swearing.

Up ahead four hundred yards, a moose was feeding in the lily pads, putting its head underwater to pull up the succulent roots, and Brian knew it would be an easy kill if he wanted it. Canoes seemed such a part of nature to the animals in the wild—perhaps they thought canoes were logs—and if a person kept very still it was often possible to glide right up next to an animal near the water. In many states it was illegal to hunt from a canoe for just that reason. Brian had once canoed up next to and touched a fawn standing in the shallows. And with feeding moose it was simpler yet; all you had to do was scoot forward when the moose had its head underwater and coast when its head was up, looking around.

Brian had plenty of arrows: a dozen and a half field points with sixty extra points and a hundred extra shafts and equipment to make more arrows, and two dozen broadhead arrows as well as fifty extra broadhead points with triple-blade heads the military had designed for covert work many years before. These were called MA 3s. Deadly. And if sharpened frequently, they were strong enough to reuse many times if you didn't hit a bone or miss and catch a rock.

Looking at the moose, he salivated, thinking of the red meat and how it would taste roasted over a fire. But then he decided against it. The moose was a small bull, probably only six or seven hundred pounds, and nowhere near the fourteen or fifteen hundred pounds a large bull would weigh, but even so it was a lot of meat to deal with and he couldn't bring himself to waste anything he killed. He had gone hungry so long when he had first come to the bush. . . . Food had been everything and the thought of wasting any of it went against every instinct in his body. Even if he made a smoke fire and dried most of it in strips he would still lose some meat. . . .

Still, he could see the shot. Close to the moose, close in but far enough away to avoid an attack, the bow already strung. Wait until he ducked under to draw the bow and then as soon as the head came up release the MA 3 just in back of the shoulder, under the shoulder blade and the broadhead would go straight into the heart. . . .

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Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 126 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ths book is freakin awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Great series too! Gary paulson is a great author. Please write more!
duuuuuuddddddeeeee More than 1 year ago
This book is for the type of people that like the outdoors. His book has elements of mystery and suspense with kind of a twist ending. The series has great character development but there isn't much dialoge and you will find yourself rooting for Brian in this book like all the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read this book and many of gary's other books and they are all great! They may take 3-4 chapters to warm up, but it still a good book! You should read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
an amazing book. gary makes it seem as if you are briane himself. the best part of the book is the horrifiying discovery briane makes about his indian friends. your hairs will stand up! two thumbs up book! great job gary!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to get this book. I love Gary's books and I hope this one is like the other Brian books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full of exciment i am a person that usaly tris to get around books but when i found this book i read it and loved it so you can your mony into this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very heartpumping adrenaline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this is a siper GREAT book if you've read all of the Brian books. It keeps you on edge. And the ending is not what you think... or is it?????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please write anthor brain book
Group1Nook 63 More than 1 year ago
I think the book is absolutely fantabolous!
RICHARD PODGALSKY More than 1 year ago
Best in the series...crazy ending!!!!!!!!!
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. hope there will be more. It's one of the best.
Paige whitfield More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever
Desire- More than 1 year ago
Justin Bishop 7th hour 9/5/11 Brian's Hunt The story is about a boy who ends up going camping and ends up getting lost. And having to find his way back home in the middle of the woods. The boy named Brian will have to face his fears and will have to travel at a certain time because there is something following him something not humanlike it's so hard to explain. To find out more you will have to read this book. The main character was Brian. Brian had to find his way back home in the middle of the woods. Brian had ran in to many problems such as a Bear. Brian was my favorite character because he believed in him self that he was going to get out. This book is one of my favorite because every time I read further it get so exciting. I would prefer every one to read this book because its non stop excitement. My least favorite part in the book was when Brian was lost and as everything got worse he was attacked by a bear.
stud More than 1 year ago
As Brian is trying to survive in the harsh winter of Canada; only having a hatchet, a 22 cal. Rifle with 50 rounds. The most interesting and exciting part in the story to me would be when he was hunting the moose or when he was attacked by the bear. There was also a very special dog in the story that got wounded but was strong enough to survive. This dog always returns to Brian after leaving. Evaluation: This story would be good for anyone liking adventure books. Conclusion: I was very interested in this book and it made me want to keep reading. It would be my favorite series, but my favorite book in this series would have to be hatchet. Final review: Very good book, couldn't quit reading it.
kcast610 More than 1 year ago
Brian is back in the woods again. Just as he learned to be in Brian Returns, Brian is a wanderer. One night he finds an injured dog along shore. The dog was seriously injured, but very sweet and calm. The dog obviously belonged to someone; she is not wild. Who does she belong to? Brian decides to head 30 miles north to his Cree friends camp and see if they know who the dog belonges to. He knew when he walked up to the camp that something was wrong, very wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like to hunt this is the book for you. Brian has to survive in the wilderness and hunt for food. He finds a wild dog for his friend. It decribes really good. You should read it.
SharonRL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review:In this sequel to Hatchet, Brian returns to the wilderness where he was rescued some time ago after a deadly plane crash because he does not feel comfortable in society anymore and needs some time alone. Soon after he arrives he finds a wounded dog and he knows he must help the dog find its owner so he canoes several days to his friends camp to find them murdered by a killer bear.Any boy or girl interested in camping or the outdoors in general with enjoy Brian's Hunt and the others in the series. This book is great for some elementary and all middle school readers because it is highly interesting but low difficulty in regards to vocabulary and length. Paulsen includes an informative Afterwords where he informs his readers that although bears and orcas are beautiful creatures, they are deadly predators at heart and should not be approached.
beckers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nathan Grabel3 pointsThis is a ficition book, this book is a sequnce to the book hatchet. This book about Brian returning to the wild. In his trip to the wild he finds a dog that he takes care of. he is in his canoe paddling north to his friends cabin, but when he gets there there something is wrong,it is a big suprise and everyone in the cabin has been killed, or so he thinks. Read the book to find out what happens to brian.
nm.fall08.J.Stigall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian's Hunt was mainly about this kid "Brian" who lived out on his own in the wilderness. He didn't have anyone or anything to comfort him. Until one day he finds a injured dog, he isn't sure where it came from and what happened to it. Brian stitches the dog up and the dog heals. Brian is well prepared, he has fishing line, a bow and alot of arrows, different tips for different game, a canoe which comes handy and is a very important through Brians Traveling. Brian has to overcome several tasks and obstacles threw the book, such as fighting a bear and finding his old friends who had always camped out near to him. Overall Brians Hunt was a very good book there wasn't really anything bad about the book except that it was a little short and slow. The book was very realistic, it had very good detail, the author knew a lot on what he was writing about. I would recommend this book to most everyone but the people who would appreciate it the most would be the outdoors men. It is a good book for all ages it isn't kidish at all although it is a good book for kids and adults, and this isnt the only book, there is a whole series that follows after and before the book. I liked this book alot and now i look forward to reading the next book that is after Brian¿s Hunt.
AuOr611 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I dont think that this was such a good book. I thought that it was like all of the other ones and was a little short.
ctmsmaoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Matt O'Connor Language Arts /Mr.Bronson September 12, 2011 Class : The Bat Cave Independent Reading /Book Review Summer ReadingBrian's Hunt Gary PaulsenRating: Brian¿s Hunt is unlike many other books. In the past Brian has been through many tough times. After surviving a plane crash, he was lost in the Canadian wilderness with just a hatchet. There he learned to be a part of the wild.Gary Paulsen is also the author of the award winning novel Hatchet. Brian¿s Hunt is the third book in the series. In this book Paulsen continues the story of Brian and his ability to survive.This series is action packed. Brian is always facing new challenges and finding different ways to hunt and survive. For example he finds many ways to use his bow such as hunting, protection, and bow fishing. Brian also finds himself being attacked by moose and bears during his journey.I also like the way Brian overcomes his problems. Instead of panicking Brian calmly thinks of all of the solutions he could use to solve his problem. He also uses information he learned at school. Most of the time it works.I have now read all of the books in the Hatchet series. They are all very good but I have to say the original book, Hatchet is the best. The books in the series are all a little different. Hatchet is about Brian getting lost in the woods and learning how to survive. Brian¿s Winter was mainly the same except that he was learning how to hunt bigger game such as deer and moose. Brian¿s Hunt is the most unique because in this book he is traveling north to visit a camp that he stayed at while waiting to be rescued. During this his friends are mauled by a bear and he must track it down and kill it. I really liked Gary Paulsen¿s technique. In this book he would put something that Brian must overcome and then slowly add more and more detail until you were just itching to know what happens next. At most points in the book I couldn¿t put it down because of my own curiosity.