A Newbery Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A Booklist Editor's Choice
30th Anniversary Edition
This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared - and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure.
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present - and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair - it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.