July 10



Brian Robeson is a thirteen-year-old son of divorced parents. As he travels from Hampton, New York by plane to visit his father in the oil fields in Northern Canada for the summer, the pilot suffers a massive heart attack and dies. Brian tries to land the plane, but ends up crash-landing into a lake in the forest. He must learn to survive on his own with nothing but his hatchet—a gift his mother gave him shortly before his plane departed. (Wikipedia)

Library Resources

F PAU Hatchet

F PAU Hatchet: The Call

F PAU Hatchet: Winter

823.092 PAU Hatchet: The truth (The true story behind Hatchet.)

813.09 PAU Hatchet: The English Club resources

813.09 PAU Hatchet: Gary Paulsen: A study guide for Grades 6 and up

DVD0376 A Call in the Wild (Film adaption of Hatchet)


Online Resources about Hatchet:

Wikipedia summary

Sparknotes – chapter summaries, themes, characters


Hatchet – Teacher Notes

Scholastic – Hatchet teacher notes

Storyboard – Teacher notes, questions and activities

Free activity sheets for Hatchet

Unit plans for Hatchet

Lesson plans and teaching resources for Hatchet

Unit plans – Middle School

Hatchet Literature Unit


Stinson plane crash

The 1937…Stinson crash was an accident which occurred on 19 February 1937. The airliner disappeared during a flight from Brisbane to Sydney, carrying five passengers and two pilots. Both pilots and two passengers were killed in the crash. One of the surviving passengers died while attempting to bring help to the other survivors.

The wreckage was found by Bernard O’Reilly of the Lamington Guest House who went looking for the aircraft believing it had failed to cross the border. The aircraft had crashed in the on the border between Queensland and New South Wales. (Wikipedia. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Library Resources

363.12 BEC    Crash! The search for the Stinson by Jennifer Beck & Dyan Blacklock

994.32 ORE  Green mountains by Bernard O’Reilly

DVD0330      Miracle of the mountains (DVD)

Search for The Stinson

Stinson search retraced  – Courier Mail

Newspaper article 1937 about the Stinson

Bernard O’Reilly’s account of the search for the Stinson

In a hero’s footsteps