ISBN: 0440407125
ISBN 13: 9780440407126
By: Gary Paulsen

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About this book

Here are the real events that inspired Gary Paulsen to write Brian Robesons story in Hatchet, The river, Brians winter and Brians Return: 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. Theres a handy chapter titled Eating Eyeballs and Guts or Starving: The Fine Art of Wilderness Nutrition recipes included.

Reader's Thoughts

Logan Erdmann

After reading this book, I realized where Mr. Paulsen got most of the information for his main books like “Hatchet”. I enjoyed reading about Gary Paulsen’s life and it is something I can relate to. I thought that his attempt to eat the raw turtle eggs was rather disgusting. I can't imagine what other kinds of food he has tried. He was very brave to run the Iditarod with his dogs in the blizzard. Mr.Paulsen also experienced a plane losing an engine in flight. That had to be very frightening. The book is an autobiography and is told by Mr. Paulsen’s point of view. The main character is Mr. Paulsen. This allows you to see the events through the eyes of Mr.Paulsen. The setting mainly takes place in the north woods of Canada. This is where Mr.Paulsen grew up and the woods shaped him into the man he is today.There are also accounts of his Alaskan adventures. Most of the events in Alaska take place because of the dog runs Mr.Paulsen competes in.The main theme is survival. Gary tells countless stories of how he battled the elements of the wilderness. For instance, he would go and live of the land for weeks at a time with no outside contact. Most of what he accomplished, is done on his own. He has had to deal with rampaging moose and bear attacks. I am shocked that he is still alive.I would recommend this book to people of any age. I would also suggest that they should be interested in the outdoors and survival.


a) Non-fictionb) 160 pagesc) Guts by Gary Paulsen are about the experiences of Gary Paulsen that influenced him to right his books. In the book he said that Brian’s experience with a pilot’s heart attack is one of the scariest experiences Brian has ever had. Gary Paulsen has had that experience; he has been in a plane when the pilot has had a heart attack. Also in the book Hatchet, Brian had to hunt and make a fire out of nothing but nature. Gary Paulsen had to do just that. Gary Paulsen also got stampeded by a moose just like Brian in Hatchet. This book is all about Gary Paulsen’s exciting experiences with nature that influenced him to right his books.d) This is a very good book. Gary Paulsen did a very good job at describing his experiences with a lot of detail. His life seems like a lot of fun in his book. He goes hunting and fishing. There are also some not so fun things like getting run over by a moose and the Iditarod. I really like how he describes the situation and his thoughts that are going through his mind. There are also some interesting survival techniques and facts in this book. Overall this is a very good book for nature lovers.


I taught seventh grade middle school for 35 years and during part of that time the sixth grade read Hatchet. Naturally when they came to me the following year some were hooked on Gary Paulsen books. From time-to-time I find myself reading teen books out of habit and desire, I have a list of authors I still enjoy and Gary Paulsen is one. His books have always made me feel I was sitting listening to him tell me the story.If you have read or you know someone who has read the "Brian" books I would recommend this book by Paulsen. In it Mr. Paulsen explains how some of the situations Brain finds himself in are based on his own life experiences. Although I purchased the book from a school book club I would also suggest it is good reading for any of the hunters in your life. It is fascinating to read how Mr. Paulsen made his own bow and arrows, as well as, teaching himself to hunt with this homemade equipment through trial and error. Finally it is a quick read for those reluctant readers. 150 pages and not full pages of reading. Enjoy something different.

Cooper Jones

Ugh, I hated this book. I don't think I would've finished it if it weren't a book that I needed to read for school as an assignment. It was just something I wasn't interested in. I am not a huge nonfiction person, and I am trying to read more of the genre, but this book just included things that didn't interest me. I mean, all of the hunting and the guns and the woods and racing and everything that I wouldn't do. All of this was crammed into one little book that bored me half to death! I gave it one star, just because there was one part in the book that I was paying attention to while reading, and I honestly think that deserves a little something.

Ethan Lambert

I picked this book because I am a fan of Gary Paulsen's books and wanted to know more about how his life related to that of Brian his main characterThe title of the book relates to Paulsen's adventures in the Canadian wilderness, and how they weave into his booksThe purpose of this book is to inform readers of Paulsen's life and how it intertwines with his booksThe target audience of this book was most likely fans of Paulsen's books3 facts from the book were 1) Paulsen has been attacked by a moose 2) skunks dig up turtle eggs and eat them 3) Paulsen has run the Iditirod twiceThe theme of the book was that having survival skills is important, because you never know when a situation may arise3 reading strategies I used were: 1)Use prior knowledge: I could relate events in Paulsen's life to those events in his books I had previously read 2)Monitor: every chapter I would go back and review the main topic of that chapter 3)Make inferences: At the beginning of each chapter I was able to infer what the main topic would be (ie. the chapter titled: eating eyeballs and guts or starving, I infered that I would be reading about some disgusting mealsI thought this book was great! Although I strongly recommend reading some of Paulsen's other work first


GUTS My book review is GUTS, by Gary Paulson. The story was the thought behind all of the Brian books like Hatchet, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Hunt, The River. There was only one main character and it was Gary Paulson. In the story there was no real plot it was a mix up of all different things he did in his life. “I went many nights hungry” This book is an autobiography. Personally I like this book because I like to read about survival out in the wilderness, and I also like all of the stories Gary Paulson writes. If I could change one thing about this story I would change all of the side stories he goes off on I would rather him stay on one topic. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read Gary Paulson because this is a book that really sums up all of what his stories are based off of. Also by reading this book you can get a better understanding of who Gary Paulson really is not by reading some of his other books.


‘Guts’ by Gary Paulsen was a considerable novel. I really liked the overall story line as well as the action packed, real life situations Gary Paulsen experienced. The book was based of a similar, well know, novel ‘Hatchet’, which Gary Paulsen wrote 15 years before publishing ‘Guts’. During the book, Paulsen describes his near-death experiences in the wilderness chapter-to-chapter making the reader feel as if they where standing right their, with him. Each chapter is based of real life events which where published in his bestseller ‘Hatchet’, but from the perspective of the main character Brain Robeson, a 13 year-old boy. One reason I really liked this book, was because of the action. Normally when you see a biography it doesn’t seem very interesting, but Gary Paulsen did an outstanding job. The book starts with a chapter called, “Heart Attacks, Plane Crashes, and Flying”. It starts by describing Gary Paulsen’s life before he was fortunate enough to become a successful writer. He lived with his wife in a small prairie town in the middle of farm country, and with so much down time, Paulsen volunteered as a medic with only a small ambulance, which was donated by the city. Gary Paulsen, being the only service available for thousands of square miles, had to witness many deaths mostly form heart attacks. And sadly, Paulsen was the only hope except for the city helicopter, which sometimes took hours to arrive. This book was a great read, and I recommend it for someone who’s looking for an easy quick-read. If theirs one thing I learned from Gary Paulsen’s life, it was that well….it took guts.


I like to know the "preface" to the books I read by authors. Guts is the perfect book to compliment the Brian Robeson series for this exact reason. I don't know if reading Guts before or after makes a difference; I read the book after reading three of the four in the Brian series. Guts makes the Brian series even more real and more amazing. While the Brian series is all fiction, Guts explains that what happens in the books are based on fact and real tried and true fact. That is a really awesome, I think. Guts is just as fun and enjoyable as the other books Gary has written. Definitely a recommendation to read if the reader has enjoyed the Brian series.


Goodreads Review Format 50pts.You will choose 5 of the 8 reading strategies to write in your review. You should be working on this while you are reading the book. Use this format and then copy and paste this information into goodreads.comEach strategy is worth 10pts. You should explain how you used the reading strategy and find at least one example from the story (Make sure to include the page number.) Each response should be at least 3-4 sentences.Explanation of Reading StrategiesPreview Get a sense of a text before you start to read. Look for clues in the title, graphics and subheadings.Set a Purpose Decide WHY you are reading a particular text.Consider how your purpose might affect the way you approach a text. Take notes or just enjoy?Use Prior Knowledge Think of information regarding the material in the story that you already knew. As you read, connect what you know to what you are learningPredict Try to figure out what will happen next and how the selection might end. Note details about plot or character that hint at where the story is heading. Keep reading to find out how accurate your prediction was.Visualize Create a mental picture of characters, events and setting to help understand what is happening. Look for descriptive details about characters, settings and events.Monitor Stop occasionally to review what you have read: make clear your understanding. Question what is happening and why. Clarify your understanding by rereading difficult parts or asking for help. Evaluate how well you are understanding the text.Make InferencesForm opinions about what you have read. Develop your own ideas about characters and events. Make logical guesses, using evidence in the text and what you know from experience.Connect (You will be conferencing with me over this part)Relate personally to what you have read. Think of similarities between the descriptions in the selection and what you have personally experienced, heard about, and read about.Format_____Strategy #1______________ explanation with examples from book_____Strategy #2______________ explanation with examples from book_____Strategy #3______________ explanation with examples from book_____Strategy #4______________ explanation with examples from book_____Strategy #5 Connect_______ explanation with examples from bookSample Format Log on to I put an example of this format (in Mrs. Kool’s books) under the review Wonder by RJ Palacio. Your review should look similar. Strategy #1 (Preview) I thought the book would be about a guy who found a dead body that was covered in guts. I got that idea on the title of the book. (Gary Paulsen) It wasn’t about that at all. It was about a guy name Brain who gets lost in the woods. And we needs to have ways to survive.Strategy # 2 (Connect) On page 71 (Gary Paulsen) Brain is talking about how when he was a little child he would go out to the state parks and see a lot of different Wildlife. I connected to that because When I go to state parks I always see sometime of wild animal … like deer or coytoes ect. Strategy #3 (visulize) On page 73 (Gary Paulsen) Brain is describing what he sees, A smelly gutty eye that is dangling out of the deads animal’s body. I could picture in my head the animal laying their dead with a nasty smell.Strategy #4 ( Inference) on page 66 (Gary Paulsen) i thought that Brain was going to die but I thought wrong because he remember everything he learned about how to survive in the wild. So he didn’t end up dying he was perfectly fine only with some cuts . Strategy # 5 ( Set a purpose) The reason why I am reading this is because right away I thought it was going to be a good book by its Title. And it kept on getting better as you read it.


I enjoyed “Guts” because it is more than just a book. The author, Gary Paulsen, really shows the reader how he writes his books. He explains his life and how he based his books off of his real life encounters with nature. He explains how in his other books “Hatchet” and the Brian Books he actually tied the stories to his real life. I like that the book is split up into chapters that are based on things that you have to do to survive in the great outdoors. Some of the topics are pretty interesting.The main character is the author, Gary Paulsen. He fits the part because it is his life story that he is telling through all of the books that he writes. As he is telling the stories behind the other books that he has written, he is telling the back story on it. At the same time he is explaining how he connects his own life to his books. The book is fairly well written in the aspect that it can't really take place anywhere else. If the book took place in the city, instead of in the woods outside a small town, it would be totally different. It would kind of change the whole story. Since it takes place in the outdoors, it makes the story sound more real. I also like it because the author is descriptive in the sense that if he shoots at something he describes what it sounds like and what he sees and hears around him. I would recommend the book “Guts” to anybody who likes the outdoors and likes to hunt and fish. It is also a survival book. It explains some of the things that a person would encounter or have to eat.

Fred Merino

Guts by Gary Paulsen is about how he came to write the Brian books and Hatchet. It is about the experiences he had on his own. He says how he would love to hunt in the woods and would go there every weekend and just hunt. He would make his own bow and arrows and kill animals and cook them out in the wild with anything he could use. One struggle he has was when he was in the woods and he was very hungry because he could not kill that many animals. He learned to use every resource he could. For example it said how most people would throw away some organs of animals like the liver and other organs but he ate them because if he didn't he could have starved. I think the book was pretty good. I enjoyed reading about his experiences with everything and it made me think about what if those things ever happened to me and how I would react to that situation. I also like how the author used good description when describing a certain part and it made me feel as if I was going through the same thing as he was. I think that because these events actually happened and inspired him to write about them made it more interesting for me because I can read and non-fiction book and know that couldn't happen but when I was reading this it made me think that anything is possible in the right situation and attitude. People who like gory and kinda horror stories would like this book because there are a lot of situations with blood and dead people. It has really good description and a lot of imagery to take you to the place and it be like you are right there with him in the situation.


I really liked 'Hatchet:The Truth' as it was an excellent book filled with adventure. It's from Gary Paulsen's best-selling series, 'Hatchet'. It's about a boy called Brian who crashlands in the northern woods with only a hatchet to keep him alive. It takes you through all his life changing experiences like the plane crash, animal attacks and insect swarms he had to live through. The differnce between this book and the others in the best-selling series is that this one goes into detail about all the expericences Brian, the protagonist, had. You should concider reading the other bookes in the series as it will make more sence once you do. All the books are jsut amazing as the others and you will enjoy them all!This was an excellent book and I would remcommened it for anyone who wants a good small book to read that will constantly keep you interested. This book does live up to the expectaions that the others in the series provide as it always has you asking more questions. It will suck you in and you won't ever want to stop reading.


I have a teacher who Gary Paulsen reminds me of. He'll talk about how he was always out side as a child and hunting, fishing, and being well like Gary Paulsen

Aleksandr V

I picked this book because I had read Hatchet. I wanted to know where these experiences were from.The title of the book relates to the book in whats included in the book. The book talks about how to cook guts of animals, so it was a very good choice to call it that.The author wrote this book because he wanted to explain where Brain's experiences came from.The audience who would read this book would probably be anyone who read Hatchet.Facts: 1. Gary ate turtle eggs for research. I found it interesting because I would never do anything like that.2. Gary was part of a group of volunteers that answered emergency ambulance calls. That was interesting because I never knew something like that ever existed.3. Gary ran dog sled races. That was interesting because I remember seeing a movie about that. Iron Will for all those curious.The theme of this book is survival in dire conditions.My 3 reading strategies: 1. Using prior knowledge, I know how dog sled races work.2. Visualizing, I could visualize him eating the turtle eggs.3. Inferring, I could infer him getting into sticky situations during the race.I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to find out exactly how Hatchet became to be.

Eli Panagap.

i liked this book because it showed the life of an author wich to me this author had a very exciting life. another thing that was interesting was that this author wrote about how he used life experiences to write his book.

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