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Brian Robeson a thirteen-year-old boy from New York is left stranded in the Canadian wilderness to fend for himself after enduring a catastrophe In this coming-of-age story we watch Brian as he grows and develops not only physically but also mentally and emotionally As well as coping with the Secret that split his parents Brian changes himself in order to survive the every day challenges of surviving in the wildernessFrom the beginning of the story Brian is almost unable to handle what happens to him He watches a pilot perish from a heart attack and endures a plane crash but he just barely lasts his first few days in the forest He recalls small bits of information that help him yet he only begins his new life after he matures and alters his way of thinking If he had kept screaming Mother every time he felt ill or injured it wouldnt have taken longer than a week for him to accept his fate We read as he transforms and becomes one with his surroundings in order to adapt and survive As Brians new way of living begins his story of survival becomes a constant battle between him and the nature around him While he picks raspberries he almost comes between a mother bear and her cubs a fatal mistake While washing up a moose spontaneously charges him injuring him badly Brian even lives through a tornado that destroys his shelter and tools all of his progress However he doesnt accept defeat He goes further to mature and develop and this helps him last through the last few days of his living nightmare Though Brian is rescued and returns home to a normal life the changes he experiences last him He has a greater appreciation for the food he receives and his reactions to what goes on around him will no longer fail him The Secret remains a secret as Brian matures and understands the possible
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