This is an amazing book and I would recommend to every fifth grader. This book is especially great for boys. It's the type of novel that will create a passion for reading for most boys; which it actuality did for my little bother. This book would probably be better for later on in the school year for most fifth graders unless they are advance readers. Hatchet is a book that you can create many lesson with. For example; themes, venn diagram of old and new Brian, creative writing (students can come up with a survival pack if they were along on an island), and the students can create an organizer in which ways Brian stayed alive.