6th grade is reading the novel, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, a native of Minnesota.
Winner of the 1988 Newbery Honor
Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother has given him as a present — and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart ever since his parents’ divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair — it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.
We made a shelter, like Brian’s that had a windbreak, but also would protect us from animals. The rain could still get through, but would slow it down. We read out loud chapter 9, and had a treat of apples. (Brian had raspberries, but apples are cheaper right now in Minnesota!)