Adventure Survival Fiction

 

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Orlando, Kristen.   You Don’t Know My Name

Sixteen-year-old Reagan, raised to be an elite spy, is torn between honoring her family's legacy and living a normal life with the boy she loves.

2016

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Rundell, Katherine.   The Wolf Wilder
In the days before the Russian Revolution, twelve-year-old Feodora sets out to rescue her mother when the Tsar's Imperial Army imprisons her for teaching tamed wolves to fend for themselves.

2015

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Philbrick, Rodman.    Zane and the Hurricane: a story of Katrina
A twelve-year-old boy and his dog become trapped in New Orleans during the horrors of Hurricane Katrina.

2014

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Smelcer, John.   Edge of Nowhere
Seth is a teenage deckhand on his father's boat when he and his dog are washed overboard and swept to one of Alaska's small islands where they struggle for months to survive off land and sea, while his desperate father endures his own emotional journey and never gives up hope. (Paperback Collection)

2014

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Cooper, Susan.   Ghost Hawk
At the end of a winter-long journey into manhood, Little Hawk returns to find his village decimated by a white man's plague and soon, despite a fresh start, Little Hawk dies violently but his spirit remains trapped, seeing how his world changes.

2013

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Crowder, Melanie.   Parched
Told from three perspectives, Sarel, who just witnessed the brutal murder of her parents, Nandi, the leader of a pack of dogs who looks out for her pups and Sarel, and Musa, an escaped prisoner with the water song inside him, struggle to survive in a land without water.

2013

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Bodeen. S. A.   The Raft
Robbie's last-minute flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters. Fighting for her life, the co-pilot Max pulls her onto the raft, and that's when the real terror begins.

2012

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Hesse, Karen.   Safekeeping
When Radley returns to the United States after volunteering abroad, she comes back to a country under military rule with strict travel restrictions, and she must find her way back to her Vermont home through the New England woods.

 

2012

Hobbs, Will.   Far North
After the destruction of their floatplane, sixteen-year-old Gabe and his Dene friend, Raymond, struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories.

2012

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Johnson, Terry Lynn.   Ice Dogs
In this survival story set in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Vicky and her dog sled team find an injured sledder in the wilderness.

2012

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Monaghan, Annabel.   A Girl Named Digit

After identifying a terrorist plot, a brilliant seventeen-year-old girl from Santa Monica, California, gets involved with the young FBI agent who is trying to ensure her safety.

2012

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Pyron, Bobbie.   The Dogs of Winter
Brought to Moscow in 1990s Russia by his mother's abusive boyfriend, five-year-old Mishka is forced by a gang of homeless children to lie and steal until he finds comfort and love with a pack of dogs. Includes historical note.

2012

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Smith, Roland.   Eruption
Twelve-year-old Chase and his friend Nicole Rossi attempt to rescue the Rossi Brothers' Circus--lions, tigers, elephants, and all--in Mexico, where a massive earthquake has struck, leading to the imminent eruption of a volcano. (Storm Runners Series: Book 3)

2012

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Garretson, Dee.   Wolf Storm
Three young actors shooting a movie in the snow-covered Carpathian Mountains are separated from base camp by a terrible blizzard and come face-to-face with a pack of hungry wolves.

2011

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Jacobson, Jennifer Richard.   Small As An Elephant
Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

2011

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Korman, Gordan.    S.O.S.
"Four young characters -- with reasons to hide and secrets to keep -- are in for the journey of their lives in this fantastic Titanic trilogy from mystery and suspense master Gordon Korman"--Publisher. (Titanic: Book 3) (Paperback Collection).

2011

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Korman, Gordan.   Collision Course
Four children aboard the Titanic--Sophie, Paddy, Juliana, and Alfie--believe the famed killer Jack the Ripper is on the ship with them, and the urgency of their mystery deepens as the "unsinkable" ship hits an iceberg. (Titanic: Book 2) (Paperback Collection).

2011

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Korman, Gordon.   Unsinkable
Although the Titanic ship is meant to be unsinkable, there is plenty of danger waiting on its maiden voyage for four of its passengers--Paddy, a stowaway; Sophie, under police custody; rich yet troubled Juliana; and Alfie, who hides a secret. (Titanic: Book 1) (Paperback Collection).

2011

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Leach, Sara.   Count Me In

Tabitha's parents send her on a hiking trip with her cousins, but even though Tabitha is not much of a hiker and she is almost certain that her cousins do not like her, the trip gives Tabitha the chance to prove her courage, to her cousins and to herself.

2011

Smith, Roland.   Storm Runners
Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.

2011

Smith, Roland.   The Surge
After barely surviving a terrifying hurricane, Chase and his friends Nicole and Rashawn have made it to the safety of Nicole's family farm, which is also the winter home of the Rossi Brothers Circus, where flood waters are rising and dangerous circus animals are on the loose. (Storm Runners: Book 2)

2011

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Garretson, Dee.   Wildfire Run
A relaxing retreat to Camp David turns deadly after a faraway earthquake sets off a a chain of disastrous events that traps the president's twelve-year-old son, Luke, and his two friends within the compound.

2010

Kelley, Jane.    Nature Girl
While spending the summer in Vermont, eleven-year-old Megan gets lost on the Appalachian Trail and decides to hike to Massachusetts to visit her best friend.

2010

Smelcer, John.   The Great Death
As their Alaskan village's only survivors of sickness brought by white men one winter early in the twentieth century, sisters Millie, aged thirteen, and Maura, ten, make their way south in hopes of finding someone alive.

2009

Herlong, M.H.   The Great Wide Sea
Still mourning the death of their mother, three brothers go with their father on an extended sailing trip off the Florida Keys and have a harrowing adventure at sea.

2008

Salisbury, Graham.   Night of the Howling Dogs
In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.

2007

Smith, Roland.   Peak
A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

2007

Smelcer, John.   The Trap
In alternating chapters, seventeen-year-old Johnny Least-Weasel, who is better known for brains than brawn, worries about his missing grandfather, and the grandfather, Albert Least-Weasel, struggles to survive, caught in his own steel trap in the Alaskan winter.

2006

Mason, Prue.   Camel Rider
Two expatriates living in a Middle Eastern country, twelve-year-old Adam from Australia and Walid from Bangladesh, must rely on one another when war breaks out and they find themselves in the desert, both trying to reach the same city with no water, little food, and no common language.

2004

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Kehret, Peg.   Escaping the Giant Wave

“When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.”…Baker & Taylor

2003

Morpurgo, Michael.   Kensuke's Kingdom
When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not alone.

2003

Orlev, Uri, translated by Hillel Halkin.   Run, Boy, Run: a novel
Based on a true story, Srulik, an eight-year-old boy, escapes the Warsaw Ghetto and must survive throughout the war in the Nazi-occupied Polish countryside.

2003

Paulsen, Gary.   Brian's Hunt
Two years after having survived a plane crash into the Canadian wilderness, a sixteen-year-old returns to the wild to befriend a wounded dog and hunt a rogue bear.

2003

Cindrich, Lisa.   In the Shadow of the Pali: a story of the Hawaiian leper colony
After getting leprosy, Liliha is sent to live at the leprosy camp where there are no laws and only the strong survive, yet Liliha isn't giving up on herself and fights to have a happy future, both physically and emotionally.

2002

Clements, Andrew.   A Week in the Woods
The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.

2002

Hobbs, Will.   Wild Man Island
After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.

2002

Korman, Gordon.   Survival
Finding their way to a deserted island after their ship sinks, Luke, Ian, JJ, Charla, Will, and Lyssa struggle to survive and soon discover that they are not alone on the island.

2001

Martel, Yann.   Life of Pi: a novel
Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper's son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

2001

Osborne, Mary Pope.   Adaline Falling Star
Feeling abandoned by her deceased Arapaho mother and her explorer father, Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a mongrel dog for company.

2000

Paulsen, Gary.   Brian's Return
After having survived alone in the wilderness, Brian finds that he can no longer live in the city but must return to the place where he really belongs.

1999

Duey, Kathleen & K.A. Bale.   Flood Mississippi, 1927
When the raging Mississippi threatens their secret cache of hard-earned nickels and pennies, Molly and her white friend Garrett risk their lives to retrieve the money.

1998

Duey, Kathleen.   Earthquake
When two young strangers meet by chance on the day of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, they struggle to survive the terror of crumbling buildings, fire, looting, and chaos.

1997

Farmer, Nancy.   A Girl Named Disaster
While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.

1996

Paulsen, Gary.   Brian's Winter
Instead of being rescued from a plane crash, as in the author's book "Hatchet," this story portrays what would have happened to Brian had he been forced to survive a winter in the wilderness with only his survival pack and hatchet.

1996

Myers, Edward.   Climb or Die
After a car accident in a snowy Colorado pass seriously injures their parents, athletic fourteen-year-old Danielle and her brainy younger brother Jake must scale a mountain to find help.

1994

Hill, Kirkpatrick.   Winter Camp
Eleven-year-old Toughboy and his younger sister must survive the harsh Alaskan winter at a friend's winter trapping camp.

1993

Marsden, John.   Tomorrow, When the War Began
Seven Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.

1993

Hobbs, Will.   Downriver
Fifteen-year-old Jessie and the other rebellious teenage members of a wilderness survival school team abandon their adult leader, hijack his boats, and try to run the dangerous white water at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

1991

Paulsen, Gary.   The River
Because of his success surviving alone in the wilderness for fifty-four days, fifteen-year-old Brian, profoundly changed by his time in the wild, is asked to undergo a similar experience to help scientists learn more about the psychology of survival.

1991

Paulsen, Gary.   The Voyage of the Frog
Going out on his sailboat to scatter his deceased uncle's ashes to the wind, David is caught in a storm and must survive for several days as he works out his feelings about life and his uncle.

1989

Cole, Brock.   The Goats
Howie and Laura, two misfits among a camping group, are left on an island overnight as a practical joke but the pair escape during the night and are forced to lie, steal, and dodge the police as they search for safety

1987

Paulsen, Gary.   Hatchet
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

1987

Baillie, Allan.   Adrift
While playing pirates with his little sister and her cat in an old crate he finds on the beach, a young boy suddenly discovers that they are adrift on the sea and that he must somehow keep them all alive.

1983

Speare, Elizabeth George.   The Sign of the Beaver
In the late eighteenth century, eleven-year-old Matt befriends an Indian boy of the Beaver clan who helps him survive alone in the wilderness.

1983

Mazer, Harry.   Snow Bound
Two teenagers are stranded in a snow storm when their car skids off the highway.

1975

Roth, Arthur J.   The Iceberg Hermit
Shipwrecked in 1757 on an iceberg in the Arctic seas with only an orphaned polar bear cub for companionship, seventeen-year-old Allan begins a seemingly hopeless struggle for survival.

1974

Eckert, Allan W.   Incident at Hawk's Hill
A shy, lonely six-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger.

1971

Taylor, Theodore.   The Cay
Follows the adventures, joys, and heartaches of a privileged and prejudiced Dutch boy stranded on a remote tropical island with a kindly and wise West Indian, following an enemy attack on a boat leaving Curacao.

1969

O'Dell, Scott.   Island of the Blue Dolphins
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

1960

George, Jean Craighead.   My Side of the Mountain
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

1959