I really enjoyed this Newbery Honor book. This is the story of 13 year old, Brian, who gets stranded in the Canadian wilderness. He fortunately has a hatchet that his mother had given to him and it proves to be crucial to his survival. I loved the way he learned through experience what he needed to do to survive, but I loved even more the progression of his emotional and mental survival tactics. My 3rd grader's teacher read this book to her class and I get the impression from my daughter that it kept them on the edge of their seats. I can believe it. Great book! Highly recommended.