In Gary Paulsen’s classic novel, Hatchet, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is stranded in the Canadian wilderness. To survive, he must rely on his intelligence, his instincts, and one tool: a hatchet. Finally, as millions of readers know, he is rescued at the end of the summer. But what if Brian hadn’t been rescued? What if Brian had been left to confront his deadliest enemy – winter? Gary Paulsen raises the stakes for survival in this riveting and inspiring story as one boy faces the ultimate test and the ultimate adventure.
In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable. And yet, this play set in an extraordinary world has become the quintessential story of young love. In part because of its exquisite language, it is easy to respond as if it were about all young lovers.
The Clock family: Homily, Pod, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Arrietty, to be precise—are tiny people who live underneath the kitchen floor of an old English country manor. All their minuscule home furnishings, from postage stamp paintings to champagne cork chairs, are “borrowed” from the “human beans” who tromp around loudly above them. All is well until Pod is spotted upstairs by a human boy! Can the Clocks stay nested safely in their beloved hidden home, or will they be forced to flee? The British author Mary Norton won the Carnegie Medal for The Borrowers in 1952, the year it was first published in England.$0.00
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf–her wolf–is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human . . . until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human–or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
Stanley Yelnats is under a curse. a curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Ye;natses. Now Stanley has been unjustly send to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the boys build character by spending all day, every day, digging holes exactly five feet wide and five feet deep. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake, But there are an awful lot of holes.
But what could be buried under a dried-up lake? Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this interview and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment-and redemption.
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