This is another book I chose for a potential book to read with my tutoring child. Gary Paulsen's books were popular when I was in school but I never read them. Hatchet tells the story of Brian, who is traveling to visit his father after his parents divorce. While traveling, the pilot has a heart attack and Brian is stranded in the Canadian forrest. With only a hatchet that his mother gave him, Brian sets out to survive. I didn't love this book as much, it got a little boring but I think for a 4th or 5th grade boy, they would love this. It would be a great literature circle book for a group of boys and I think you could do some fun writing tie-ins like "If I was Brian, this is what I would do.." or writing from Brian's perspective about his summer vacation.