Brian's Return (Brian's Saga Series #4)

Brian's Return (Brian's Saga Series #4)

by Gary Paulsen


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ISBN-13: 9780307929600
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Brian's Saga Series , #4
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 13,848
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 1030L (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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Brian sat quietly, taken by a peace he had not known for a long time, and let the canoe drift forward along the lily pads. To his right was the shoreline of a small lake he had flown into an hour earlier. Around him was the lake itself, an almost circular body of water of approximately eighty acres surrounded by northern forest—pine, spruce, poplar and birch—and thick brush.

It was late spring—June 3, to be exact—and the lake was teeming, crawling, buzzing and flying with life. Mosquitos and flies filled the air, swarming on him, and he smiled now, remembering his first horror at the small blood drinkers. In the middle of the canoe he had an old coffee can with some kindling inside it, and a bit of birchbark, and he lit them and dropped a handful of green poplar leaves on the tiny fire. Soon smoke billowed out and drifted back and forth across the canoe and the insects left him. He had repellant with him this time—along with nearly two hundred pounds of other gear—but he hated the smell of it and found it didn't work as well as a touch of smoke now and then. The blackflies and deerflies and horseflies ignored repellant completely—he swore they seemed to lick it off—but they hated the smoke and stayed well off the canoe.

The relief gave him time to see the rest of the activity on the lake. He remained still, watching, listening.

To his left rear he heard a beaver slap the water with its tail and dive—a warning at the intruder, at the strange smoking log holding the person. Brian smiled. He had come to know beaver for what they truly were—engineers, family-oriented home builders. He'd read that most of the cities in Europe were founded by beaver. That beaver had first felled the trees along the rivers and dammed them up. The rising water killed more trees and when the food was gone and the beaver had no more bark to chew they left. The dams eventually broke apart, and the water drained and left large clearings along the rivers where the beaver had cut down all the trees. Early man came along and started cities where the clearings lay.
Cities like London and Paris were founded and settled first by beaver.

In front and to the right he heard the heavier footsteps of a deer moving through the hazel brush. Probably a buck because he heard no smaller footsteps of a fawn. A buck with its antlers in velvet, more than likely, moving away from the smell of smoke from the canoe.

A frog jumped from a lily pad six feet away and had barely entered the water when a northern pike took it with a slashing strike that tore the surface of the lake and flipped lily pads over to show their pale undersides.

Somewhere a hawk screeeeeennned, and he looked for it but could not see it through the leaves of the trees around the lake. It would be hunting. Bringing home mice for a nest full of young. Looking for something to kill.

No, Brian thought—not in that way. The hawk did not hunt to kill. It hunted to eat. Of course it had to kill to eat—along with all other carnivorous animals—but the killing was the means to bring food, not the end. Only man hunted for sport, or for trophies.

It is the same with me as with the hawk, Brian felt. He turned the paddle edgeways, eased it forward silently and pulled back with an even stroke. I
will kill to eat, or to defend myself. But for no other reason.

In the past two years, except for the time with Derek on the river, in a kind of lonely agony he had tried to find things to read or watch that brought the woods to him. He missed the forest, the lakes, the wild as he thought of it, so much that at times he could not bear it. The guns-and-hunting magazines, the hunting and fishing videos on television sickened him. Men using high-velocity weapons to shoot deer or elk from so far away they could barely see them, or worse, blasting them from a blind or the back of a Jeep; baiting bear with pits full of rotten meat and shooting them with rifles that could stop a car; taking bass for sport or money in huge contests with fancy boats and electronic gear that located each fish individually.

Sport, they called it. But they weren't hunting or fishing because they needed to; they were killing to kill, not eat, to prove some kind of worth, and he stopped reading the magazines and watching the videos. His survival in the wilderness had made him famous, in a small way, and some of the magazines interviewed him, as did some of the hunting and sporting shows on television, but they got it all wrong. Completely wrong.

"Boy conquers savage wilderness!" some magazines said in the blurbs on the covers. "Learns to beat nature . . ."

It wasn't that way. Had never been that way. Brian hadn't conquered anything. Nature had whipped him, not the other way around; had beaten him down and pounded the stupidity out of his brain until he had been forced to bend, forced to give, forced to learn to survive. He had learned the most important fact of all, and the one that is so hard for many to understand or believe: Man proposes, nature disposes. He hadn't conquered nature at all—he had become part of it. And it had become part of him, maybe all of him.

And that, he thought as the canoe slid gently forward, had been exactly the problem.

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Brian's Return (Brian's Saga Series #4) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the woods, completely alone with no house or electricity is Brian Robinson. In Brian's Return, Brian is a believable character that you will get attached to when you read. Brian develops as the story goes along. This book is in a nature wonderland in present day Canada. Brian couldn't handle the city life in New York City so he moved back into the Canadian woods for another epic adventure. The story has little dialog but Brian has conversations with himself. This book has some suspense and the atmosphere is quiet and full of beauty. This great book will leave you wanting to know more about Brian and his adventures in the woods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The last story my son and i shared when he was dying. When it's my turn, i will go north to find him. Safe bet he LOVED the book(s). I am forever grateful to Gary for writing and to the fans who coaxed the story out into the open. God bless.
Balina More than 1 year ago
I love this series. from all the books, this is the best. Can't wait to read the next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book that I read was Brians Return. I thought that this was a very good book becauseit is adventurous and exciting. Here is a short description of the book, Brian gets rescued from thge woods 2 years ago and is brought to the city and he doesn't like it there. So he starts to plan and buy equipment like a bow for hunting and a canoe to travel in. So he gets flown out to a chain of lakes and he canoes up them, some interesting things happen to him like a deer jumping off of land into his canoe but thats all that I am going to tell you so I don't ruin the story. It is a pretty good book so I will have to give it a four star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brian's Return as well as Hatchet, Brian's Winter, The River, is the best book I have ever read. Gary Paulsen is such a dramatic writer that I am sure will eventually hit the Bestsellers!Thanks!
Maya_Jack_Blue More than 1 year ago
Brian’s return by Gary Paulsen is a good book because it talks about the struggles and how hard life can be. When he come’s home he feels disconnected with everything and everyone so he goes back to the woods to find why. My favored part is when he finds out that a wolf has peed on his canoe because it allows a little humor. I recommend this to like books that are funny but has action.
UTA-Star-Wars-Lover More than 1 year ago
If you have read Hatchet or maybe Brian’s winter or maybe both you would know he survived in the woods but when he goes home, he doesn’t fit in. Of course he goes back into the woods. When he goes into the woods he will need to survive until he gets to the smallhorns. Of course this book is funny with some of the people in the book. So if you like Brian you should read this book.
MLP-Lover More than 1 year ago
Brian's Return written by Gary Paulsen is AMAZING its so like a adventure! Everyone should read this book because everyone who likes funny comments or action scenes this book is for you! It is only 18 chapters as well I can list at least 5 parts were he does something funny but I won’t spoil it for you guys!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Please keep writing Gary. People dont understand what a good topic this is. This age of children constantly have their heads in front of a TV or an ipod and dont get outside as much. But this book and the entire series has convinced me and my friends to focus on the environment, go outside more, and just enjoy the world. I truly loved this book and this series and cant wait to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like adventure books or if you like the wilderness, then you should read the book Brian¿s Return. Brian Robeson is a 16 year old boy who can¿t seem to fit into high school. Some years earlier, he survived a plane crash and 50 some odd days in the wilderness alone. But now he plans to go back to the woods but this time he makes no plans on coming home. This is a very good sereis. Once you start reading it you won¿t be able to stop. You will keep on wanting a knew book all the time.
BenTheBeast More than 1 year ago
This book is the worst book I've ever read. It has no plot, no character development, no good elements about it. You liked Hatchet? Most people did. This is a cash grabber for the ages. First, he wants to go back to the wilderness, they put way, Way, WAY, WAY, WAY, too much detail into every little thing. And the a magical deer that gives up magical medicine. #noplot#moneygrabber
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I know I keep putting 3 stars for these books, but that just means I like them. Sure there's moments where I really like it. But 3 stars is good. It really is a good series.
Alyssa Camden More than 1 year ago
it was very good but some parts of the book eere a little boring
JM53 More than 1 year ago
this book has soo many details in the amazing stories before brian's winters time. and i cant wait to read brians hunt because these books are just amazing to a boy who is 13 just like me to battle the wilderness with just a hatchet and with a right state of mind. this book is spellbinding as in the book " beats the hell out of the foot ball player" the detail was enormouse in the suspense of the pummling of the bullies face and him striking every blow. this man i think should diserve 1,000 awards for these books. when i got hooked on the hatchet i just kept reading i even got in trouble reading these books. this book made me realize how hard it would be just to survive 54 days in the wilderness on nothing but rasberries and fish for a month and a half. this book has moved me in so many ways and i hope involves other people to and binds them in these ways i have felt to. scincerly joseph manz.
kcast610 More than 1 year ago
Of course those of you who read The River knew Paulsen would write this book. He had to write it. How else was Brian going to test out that great Canoe named "The Raft" which Derek sent him. As Brian was on the plane, flying back to the wild, an old man sat next to him and said (great quote) "well, you can take the man out of the woods, but you can't take the woods out of the man." In that environment, your mind, your soul finds peace. Brian just HAD to get back to the woods again to find that sense of peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brian¿s Return is written by Gary Paulsen. I believe the author¿s purpose for writing this is to show people what your life would be like to run away, or if you had to survive out in the wilderness. I think that the author is trying to get the attention of the reader. The author has Brian telling the story. I think the author is trying to compare this to real life by showing what it would be like to run away from home. I could connect to Brian in the story because I and a lot of people have thought about running away. I think that the author was successful in writing this story because I learned what the author wanted me to see. This book compares to the movie lost because the people were lost on an island and so is Brian. The significant thing about the books title is that Brian did go back to the island. I would recommend this book to someone that is thinking about running away because they will realize not to run away. I agreed with the author and I liked the book it was interesting. I felt that the ending ended too soon because I hoped it would have went on longer. I rate this book a four, because the author had some good ideas.
Vikko2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian's return is the sequel to Brian's winter where he comes back to society and finds that he does not seem to belong as how he did before he went into the forest, as what the people call, "The Bush". He learns that he should go back to the bush to look for what his soul is thinking of looking for.
ctmsmaoc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian's Return is a great book. It is about a boy named Brian who was once lost in the woods and doesn't feel right back in his normal life. He now decides to journey back into the wilderness one last time.There is a lot of action in this book. Brian is always learning new survival techniques and which equipment to use.Brian faces many problems in this book. Instead of giving up Brian tries and tries to solve his problems.This book is part of the Hatchet series. I have now read all of the books in this series. My favorite has to be the original, Hatchet.Gary Paulson wrote a great book. I liked it but if you don't like any of the others don't read it. The only thing I felt wasn't needed was the way he wrote the beginning, it is just like Brian's Hunt.
DavidDunkerton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Gary Paulsen is famous for Hatchet, the first of his books about Brian, a young teen who had to learn how to survive in the wild in Northern Canada. In Brian¿s Return, Brian had been found and rescued two years earlier, and he went back to school and tried to get along with people, but he found that he could not fit into society after surviving on his own in the woods. Life as most people knew it did not seem real to him anymore.After sharing his experiences with a counselor who was very interested in what Brian had learned, it became clear that Brian needed to go back. The first time, Brian had been stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash, and all he had to work with was a hatchet that his mom had given him. He told his parents that he was going back to Canada to visit the Native American family that had rescued him, but he neglected to tell them that for most of the trip he would be on his own. This time he packed lots of gear to make it easier than it had been the first time.This is a good book for escape because it takes the reader into another world. At the end of the book there is an author¿s note where he explains that most of the things Brian experienced were very close to what he had actually experienced. That made the book much more meaningful to think about how this could all actually happen!
lppeters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good follow up to the previous two books in the series, however I was not that crazy as to how the book turned out. I think that it would be a good book to encourage a class to read but only if the first two books had been read and the class showed interest in following Brian's life. I also think that this book would not flow that well in certain school settings and that it might work better in schools in more urban settings.
mlsweatman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen is the sequel to my favorite book of all time. So of coarse im going to think it is a great book. In the book Brian gets rescued by a pilot and he gets to return home, but Brian was very thin and always took a little extra intrest in nature after his experiance. I thought Gary Paulsen did a great job ending the hatchet with this sequel.
missmath144 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth in Paulsen's Brian series. In Hatchet, Brian was lost in the Canadian wilderness and had to learn to survive. In this book, he returns to the wilderness to find himself. I love the way Paulsen describes in detail everything Brian has to do. Paulsen has lived most of what Brian goes through, so he really knows his stuff.
Bookshopaholic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brian Robeson became a hero after surviving 54 days in the wilderness with only a hatchet and a $20 bill. In the following months, the press hounded him and he was a superstar. When one man asks him to return to show him how he did it, there was a plan to keep them alive. But this plan had one flaw, a deadly flaw...
nm.fall07tmckinney on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was o.k. but it wasent as good as the first or the second book. I would recomend this book to any one who read hatchet and liked it. I did not like this book as much as the first book becouse it wasent as detaled as the books befor it.
ReadingOverTheShoulder More than 1 year ago
Better than The River, but not as good as Hatchet or Brian's Winter. It makes the assumption that all three previous books actually happened, which is a contradiction but not impossible to overcome. This more mature Brian definitely creates a different tone. It felt melancholy. All in all it feels like a natural continuation of Brian's story. More reviews at