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Brian's Return  
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First edition cover
Author Gary Paulsen
Country United States
Language English
Series Brian's Saga
Genre(s) Novel
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date February 1999
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 128 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0385325002 (first edition, hardback)
LC Classification PZ7.P2843 Bp 1999
Preceded by Brian's Winter
Followed by Brian's Hunt

Brian's Return, also titled Hatchet: The Call, is a 1999 wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen and fourth novel in the Hatchet series.

It was also released as Hatchet: The Call by Macmillan Children's Books in the UK on January 8, 1999.


Sixteen year old Brian Robeson does not like his life in the city. When he gets in a fight with a boy his age, he responds as if he were being attacked in the wild and badly injures the boy. He is stopped by the police and sent to a counselor named Caleb. After talking to Brian, Caleb realizes that there is nothing wrong with him. After talking for a while, Caleb makes Brian realize how much he misses the woods. Brian eventually realizes that he can't live in the city anymore. After compiling a list of materials, Brian returns to the wild. After a while Brian meets an old man named Billy. Brian tells him about an incident when he was about to kill a deer but decided agaist it. Billy tells him it's his 'medicine' dear and to always lisen to it. Later Billy leaves but gives him the tail of a deer. Brian later encounters a bear but is able to scare it off. Later Brian decides not to go to the Smallhorns and to stay in the bush.



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