Brian's Return

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Brian's Return
(Hatchet: The Call)
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Author Gary Paulsen
Country United States
Language English
Series Brian's Saga
Genre Novel
Publisher Delacorte Press
Publication date
February 1999
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 128 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-385-32500-2 (first edition, hardback)
LC Class PZ7.P2843 Bp 1999
Preceded by Brian's Winter
Followed by Brian's Hunt

Brian's Return is a 1999 wilderness survival novel written by Gary Paulsen and fourth novel in the Hatchet series. The story is about Brian's return to the forest because he can not fit in back home. He keeps diary entries of which he shares with Caleb, a psychiatrist who truly believes in Brian's calling to the woods.[1]

It was also released as Hatchet: The Call by Macmillan Children's Books in the UK on January 8, 1999. This was originally supposed to be the final Hatchet book in the series, but hundreds of readers requested Paulsen to make one more. So in response, he published Brian's Hunt in 2003.


  1. ^ "Brian's return". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 27 January 2016.