The five books in the "Hatchet" series, also known as "Brian's Saga," are "Hatchet," "The River," "Brian's Winter," "Brian's Return" and "Brian's Hunt." The "Brian's Saga" series follows teenager Brian Robeson as he tries to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness.
In the first book, "Hatchet," Brian's plane crashes in the wilderness. He spends the next 54 days surviving and hoping for rescue. In "The River," Brian returns to the wilderness as part of a government project. Things go wrong, however, and Brian must navigate a treacherous river to save the life of his wounded companion.
"Brian's Winter" was the result of many letters written to author Gary Paulsen. Readers thought Brian was rescued too early in "Hatchet" and wanted to know how he would handle surviving a harsh Canadian winter. "Brian's Return" begins with the title character feeling lost and out of place in high school. Struggling to find his place in the world and missing the wild, he returns, hoping to find himself. "Brian's Hunt" tells the story of Brian finding an injured dog and the struggle to save a friend.
Gary Paulsen used his personal experiences to write the "Brian's Saga" series. He has worked as a carnival worker, a sailor, a proofreader and a ranch hand. He ran the Iditarod dog sled race twice and began his writing career at age 26. Since then, he has written over 175 books.