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by Gary Paulsen

Analysis: Tough-o-Meter

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(1) Sea Level

Hatchet is a pretty straightforward book without many tricks up its sleeve. The story is exciting and easy to follow, the language is clear and accessible, and the narrative style is direct and sincere. This is good old-fashioned story-telling at its best, and it's a pretty safe bet that once you get started on the book, the biggest difficulty you'll have with it will be getting yourself to put it down when it's time for bed.

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