Guts: The True Stories behind Hatchet and the Brian Books


by Gary Paulsen (Author)

Book Cover for Guts: The True Stories behind Hatchet and the Brian Books

Companion book
Pages: 144

Here are the real events that inspired Gary Paulsen to write Brian Robeson's story in Hatchet and the other books which make up Brian's Saga: a stint as a volunteer emergency worker; the death that became the pilots death in Hatchet; plane crashes hes seen; and his own near misses.

He takes readers on his first hunting trips, showing the wonder and solace of nature along with his hilarious mishaps and mistakes. He shares special memories, such as the night he attracted every mosquito in the county, and how he met the moose who made it personal.

Readers may wonder how Gary Paulsen survived to write all of his books . . . Well, it took guts.

Brian's Saga Series—Summary and Book Order

Series: Brian's Saga
Reading level: 11+
Books in series: 6
Read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished
Tags: adventure  nature  realistic fiction  boys  action 

 Print series book list

Books in series order

1.   Hatchet  (1987)
2.   The River  (1991)
3.   Brian's Winter  (1996)
4.   Brian's Return  (1999)
5.   Brian's Hunt  (2003)
+   Guts: The True Stories behind Hatchet and the Brian Books  (2001)