A whole lot happens between the end of Chapter 12 (when the rescue plane flies overhead) and the beginning of Chapter 13 (a full forty-two days later) when we see Brian hunting for foolbirds. Why do you think Paulsen chose to skip over this part of the story and just tell us about it after the fact? How does his decision affect your understanding of Brian? How would the book have been different if these events had been related in full as they happened?
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I think there is a certain amount of reader interpretation demanded between these two chapters. By this point in the novel, the reader has understood what Brian has been going through. The reader can imagine the details between the chapters better than the author can describe them. Also the rescue would be pretty standard and the author did not want to spend pages describing it.