The River (Brian's Saga Series #2)

The River (Brian's Saga Series #2)

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The government sends Brian back to the Canadian wilderness in this beloved follow-up to the award-winning classic Hatchet from three-time Newbery Honor-winning author Gary Paulsen!
Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. This time Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him. But a freak storm leaves Derek unconscious. Brian's only hope is to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. He's survived with only a hatchet before—now can Brian build a raft and navigate an unknown river?
For the first time it's not only Brian's survival that's at stake. . .

An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice
A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year

“Vividly written, a book that will, as intended, please the readers who hoped that Paulsen, like Brian, would ‘do it again.’” —Kirkus Reviews

Read all the Hatchet Adventures!
Brian's Winter
The River
Brian's Return
Brian's Hunt

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400099177
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/12/2005
Series: Brian's Saga Series , #2
Edition description: Unabridged, CDs, 2 hours., 31 min.
Pages: 3
Sales rank: 592,989
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 5.84(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gary Paulsen is the distinguished author of many critically acclaimed books for young people, His most recent books are The Time Hackers, The Amazing Life of Birds, and Lawn Boy. The author lives in Alaska and New Mexico.

Read an Excerpt

Brian opened the door and stood back. There were three men, all in dark suits, standing on the front porch. They were large but not fat, well built, with bodies in decent shape. One of them was slightly thinner than the other two.

"Brian Robeson?"

Brian nodded. "Yes."

The thin man smiled and stepped forward and held out his hand. "I'm Derek Holtzer. These other two are Bill Mannerly and Erik Ballard. Can we come in?"

Brian held the door open to let them come in. "Mother isn't home right now...."

"It's you we want to see." Derek stopped just in the entryway and the other two did the same. "Of course, we'll wish to speak to your mother and father as well, but we came to see you. Didn't you get a call about us?"

Brian shook his head. "I don't think so. I mean, I know I didn't, but I don't think Mother did either. She would have said something."

"How about your father?"

"He doesn't live here. My parents are divorced."

"Oh. Sorry." Derek truly looked embarrassed. "I didn't know."

"It happens." Brian shrugged, but it was still new enough, just over a year and a half, to feel painful. He mentally pushed it away and had a sudden thought of his own foolishness. Three men he did not know were in the house. They did not look threatening, but you never knew.

"What can I do for you?"

"Well, if you don't know anything about any of this, maybe we should wait for your mother to come home. We can come back."

Brian nodded. "Whatever you want . . . but you could tell me what it's about, if you wanted to."

"Maybe I'd better check on you first. Are you the Brian Robeson who survived alone in the Canadian woods for two months?"

"Fifty-four days," Brian said. "Not quite two months. Yes—that's me."


"Are you from the press?" For months after his return home, Brian had been followed by the press. Even after the television special—a camera crew went back with him to the lake and he showed them how he'd lived—they stayed after him. Newspapers, television, book publishers—they called him at home, followed him to school. It was hard to get away from them. One man even offered him money to put his face on a T-shirt, and a jeans company wanted to come out with a line of Brian Robeson Survival Jeans.

His mother had handled them all, with the help—through the mail—of his father, and he had some money in an account for college. Actually, enough to complete college. But it had finally slowed down and he didn't miss it.

At first it had been exciting, but soon the thrill had worn off. He was famous, and that wasn't too bad, but when they started following him with cameras and wanting to make movies of him and his life it got a little crazy.

He met a girl in school, Deborah McKenzie. They hit it off and went on a few dates, and pretty soon the press was bugging her as well and that was too much. He started going out the back door, wearing sunglasses, meeting Deborah in out-of-the-way places, and sliding down the hallways in school. He was only too glad when people stopped noticing him.

And here they were again. "I mean, are you with television or anything?"

Derek shook his head. "Nope—not even close. We're with a government survival school."


Derek shook his head. "Not exactly. Bill and Erik are instructors, but I'm a psychologist. We work with people who may need to survive in bad situations—you know, like downed pilots, astronauts, soldiers. How to live off the land and get out safely."

"What do you want with me?"

Derek smiled. "You can probably guess. . . "

Brian shook his head.

"Well, to make it short, we want you to do it again."

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The River (Brian's Saga Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 387 reviews.
19hh More than 1 year ago
To read this book you MUST read Hatchet! Hatchet the return, the second book in Brian's saga, will toss and turn you in your sleep and it will make you beg to read more. Brian has to go back to the forest to survive but this time he goes with a man from the government, who gets struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Brian has to take the man to a trading post 100 miles away. Will they get back alive?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books I have ever read! It is very inspiring and amazing.
Balina More than 1 year ago
this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.
Dgood20 More than 1 year ago
Introduction: The River, the second part of the Brian series by Gary Paulsen, author of the award-winning novel Hatchet, is an outstanding book. To read this book you must read Hatchet! This book will make you toss and turn in your sleep and it will make you beg to read more. In this part of the Brian series, Brian returns to the wilderness not far from the lake he crashed in before. The reason for him going back into the wilderness is a man from a governmental agency that specializes in survival. Description and summary of main points: After they take off from the airport to go into the wilderness, he recognizes all the gear they have in the back of the plane. When they land, Brian refuses to take the gear because someone in the predicament that he was in wouldn’t have all the gear they had. The only equipment he took was the radio, because his mother wanted them to be able to stay in contact. When they are in their shelter, their radio gets struck by lightning and so does Derek. After being struck by lightning he goes into a coma. Brian has to care for and make sure nothing happens to Derek. Brian builds a raft out of trees beavers have cut down. After building the raft, he makes a rough wood paddle. When they are traveling down the river there are many problems. The problems included sleep, staying on track, his hands being raw from the rough wood, worry of Derek falling off of the raft, the threat of waterfalls, and shallow places. Near the end of the book, there are many surprises in store. Evaluation: The reason I enjoy this book is because I love adventurous stories and the Gary Paulsen books. This book is one of his best books. If you like the outdoors then you will love this book. This book is also very well written. If you have ever read Hatchet then you will realize that it was a mistake to take the offer to go back into the wilderness. Conclusion: In conclusion The River by Gary Paulsen is a great book. It tells the adventurous spirit of Brian Robeson and Derek. It tells the spirit of a teenager that can survive with just a knife and a radio. The courageousness of Brian Robeson shows throughout the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I have read Hatchet too which is why I read this. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN UNTILL I FINISHED IT!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very good and some very nice cliffhangers. Another book that is good by Gary Paulsen!
CaseyC2000 More than 1 year ago
I've read all of the books by Gary Paulsen with the story of Brian and "The River" is my favorite. He is a wonderful author. "The River" is a very adventurous and detailed book. It made me feel as if I was in the wilderness with the characters trying to survive. You won't be disappointed in this book. Like all the other books in this series it is very hard to put down. It makes you think of what you would do if you were Brian. Not only did it entertain me but also informed me. I learned a lot about survival in the wilderness.
gianafsackett More than 1 year ago
on the story the river one the best story of the year by: the award winning author gray paulsen. Why readers should read the river is because it is a interesting book and has good details about what happens in the story. Also has a good settings and wear the setting ends. And in the story the river brain is finally back back from the wild but he does not be like the other boys in his school any more. So one day a guy name Derek told brain if he wanted to go back into the wild and do it all over again and then he walked away . So brian thought about it and said yes but when brian got there he thought to himself ''what have i done'' . So my favorite part in the story was when derek got struck by lightning and brian does not know what to do but brian never gives up about trying to save him. So what i think the type of readers that should read this is a person that likes adventurers because the river has a lot of stuff about being brave so i hop you have fun reading this book.
805REMom More than 1 year ago
What a great book! I have two boys (8 and 10), we are always on the look out for an interesting and appropriate story. Gary Paulsen didn't disappoint. The River is adventure and excitement without all the edgy nonsense. My boys are enjoying the entire series.
ebayne More than 1 year ago
I really like the whole series of Gary Paulsen along with Brian ( the main character ) !!! I rate this book a 4 out of five, because, I thought that a lot of parts where boring throughout the whole story but otherwise that, I think it’s a good book! I think that ages 10 and up should read it because its kind of complicated ( even for me and I’m 11). Also, I think adventurous readers should definitely read this book along with the who series! I would recommend this book to the people that I said earlier. I hope I gave you good info!!!!
Gurleen101 More than 1 year ago
The River Written by Gary Paulsen In the River, the military/government wanted to learn his ways of surviving in the wilderness. So they sent Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, with Brian to the wilderness for taking notes. Derek got struck by lightning and is in a coma so Brian had to build a raft to go to the trading post but is the map correct? My favorite part is when Derek got struck by lighting because it had really good suspense. But Brian never gave up. This is a great book for adventurous readers because you get to know so much about the wilderness. This book has won and award- an IRA, CBC Children's Choice A Parent's Magazine Best Book of the Year
CheerMaggie More than 1 year ago
The River is an amazing book. Gary Paulsen is an out standing author. This book has an award. You should read this book because it is so exciting, adventures, and curious to make people keep reading. My favorite part in this book is when Derek got struck by lightning and Brian didn't know how to get Derek to safety. Brian built a raft to get to the trading post. In the award winning novel hatchet Brian said ''it was just luck'' but in The River he works hard to survive. This part is my favorite part because it is so descriptive. The people who will like this book are the people who like hatchet but with even more mystery.
19ss2 More than 1 year ago
Hatchet: The Return is about a boy called Brian Robeson. Just two years ago he had survived for forty-five days alone in the Canadian woods with only a hatchet. Now some men came to his house asking him to do it again Brian and his mom think it¿s crazy. But Brian still goes for it because he thinks everything is under control. I think the best part was when Brian was reflecting on how the time in the woods changed him because then you can see how he changed in detail. Hatchet: The Return is a perfect book for lovers of great adventures full of suspense and danger but it is even better for lovers of the first book in the series Hatchet. You will love Hatchet: The Return.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The River was a great book. I left me excited and unwilling to put the book down. One of these parts is near the middle when Derek gets put into a coma. This part was addicting and I couldn¿t put the book down. I think it was also hard to stop reading because I always wanted to find out what Brian was going to do next. I think The River was a great book.
payne08 More than 1 year ago
The river is an amazing book by Gary Paulson it's really interesting book on how brain survives. Here’s quick summery on the book the government asked Brian to do it again in the Canadian wilderness! When he was in the woods there was a big storm that hit Derick got struck by lightning and he got in a coma. Soon he realizes that his radio transmitter got fried to. Brian has to think of a way to get rescued then he realizes he can build a raft and go up stream but he doesn’t know if his map is accurate. My favorite part is when he gets struck by lightning because it’s really detailed and interesting. I think it is more for ages 9-13 because it has some words they may not know.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I think that every child would love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good but u have to read the 1 st book or this book will not make sence
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A super good read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was ok but it trailed off on parts of the story. The book was good for little kids but for anyone with half a wit, over 10 it was useless. The back of the book told too much information. If you read the back of the book you knew the whole story before you even opened it.
JP1000 More than 1 year ago
The River… people call it many things but I call it fabulous. Made by Gary Paulson one of a kind book now here is a summary about The River. A man named Derek asked Brian to go back into the woods and teach him how he survived in the woods. While they are there, Derek gets struck by a lightning and Brian has to make a raft and go down a river to the nearest trading post. My favorite part was when Derek was struck by a lightning bolt because it was so upsetting and heartbreaking but so much action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The river is my favorite one. it is a must read book. i could not put it down.
haychloe25 More than 1 year ago
The River is a great book and it amazes me how good Gary Paulsen wrote it. The River is so good because we meet the character Brian. Brian finds ways to make things right by using his common since. Brian makes sure he has what he need. Brian has strong emotions and knows what he is doing. Now here is a short summary: In the book The River, by Gary Paulsen Brian lands in the wilderness again and leaves all supplies in the plane. He soon realizes he needed all supplies and he regrets his actions. If you want to hear the ending you have to read the book. Let me just tell you my favorite part is when they find a place to rest and he finds many things that come in handy. If you are a type of person that likes adventure then you would love this book. Also it for ages 11 and up probably. Hope you like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The River by Gary Paulsen has an award winning novel.You should read this book because it would be interesting for campers and hunters and outdoor lovers.Derek and Brian are camping in the woods when all of a sudden, theres a big storm.Derek gets struck by lightning and falls into a coma.Brian tries to get him to safety.My favorite part of the story is when he gets struck by lightning because it is interesting.I think campers/hunters would maybe be interested in this book because it talks about survival skills and hunting skills.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bravo Gary Paulsen bravo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book but i still think hatchet was good