On Episode 61 of SSR, we’re taking to the Canadian wilderness — but unlike thirteen-year-old Brian in Gary Paulsen’s 1987 Newbery Honor-winning novel Hatchet, we’re not going alone. It’s a team effort to journey through the many conversations that come with this book! Tune in to hear us talk about the way Hatchet busted the “boy/girl book dichotomy” when we were kids, Paulsen’s presentation of trauma, and how shocked we were to realize as adults that we’d missed Brian’s suicide attempt when we read the book years ago. We also fangirl over Paulsen’s beautiful writing and chat about what makes certain children’s books stand up as classics, while others do not.
CHECK OUT SARA’S BOOK: The Tenth Girl
CHECK OUT SARA’S BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS:
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
The Need by Helen Phillips
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer
“13 Wild Facts About Hatchet and Gary Paulsen” (Mental Floss, 2015)
“30 Years Later, Hatchet Remains the Best Nature Book for Boys” (Fatherly, 2018)
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