by Gary Paulsen


Rookies Timeline

June 10 to June 19
Chapters 1-4
June 20 to June 29
Chapters 5-9
June 30 to July 11
Chapters 10-15
July 12 to July 20
Chapters 16-19

Book Stats

19Young‑adult fiction1987Rookies


Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is en route to spending the summer with his father when the pilot of the single engine plane in which he is flying has a heart attack. The plane crashes in a lake in the Canadian wilderness, leaving Brian alone in the woods with nothing but the clothes on his back and a hatchet that his mother had given him. During the 54 days that Brian lives in the wilderness, he learns to read nature, conquer his fears, rely on his own ingenuity, and deal with the haunting secret that caused his parents’ recent divorce. He comes of age in the woods, but in ways he never expected. He is no longer angry at his parents, and he realizes that self-pity has no positive effect on life. He is a survivor, and that is what makes him a man.

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