OK! We’re rolling now. Welcome, Martin! We’re glad to have you!
For the first time ever, we’re reading two books for one meeting. I think it will be OK since we really have two months before the next meeting, which will be at the end of January.
This year, we’re reading it again, but we’re throwing in a new twist. Gary Paulsen wrote several sequels to Hatchet. Brian’s Return, The River, Brian’s Hunt. I remember reading The River when I was a kid. I don’t think I’ve read the others (yet).
Then Mr. Paulsen did a few other things of particular interest. One was to write a nonfiction book, Guts, that told the true stories behind the Brian books. We’ve read it before for Guys Read, too. It’s pretty interesting, and a little gross. Perfect for guys, of course.
Last, and maybe most interesting, is Brian’s Winter. This isn’t exactly a sequel. It’s more like an alternate ending.A “what if?” type thing. Which is great, because it kind of answers one of the big questions we usually talk about when we read Hatchet. Mr. F. has read it and says it’s excellent. I haven’t read it, myself.
Anyway, here’s what we’re doing. Read Hatchet. Enjoy it. Then read Brian’s Winter. Enjoy it, too. Then come talk and eat!
Now, I know two books might be a little daunting. I understand. So just try. As always, you are welcome at the meeting even if you haven’t finished the book(s). But we’ve got two whole months, including winter break! Plenty of time, so I think we can do it! Pace yourself!
Meeting: Thursday, January 27, 6:30 pm