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Adventure Stories Chapter Books

Bawden, Nina. Rebel on a rock
A family's visit to a country under the rule of a dictator involves the children in a
startling revolutionary secret and leads them to suspect that their stepfather is a

Bosworth, J. Allan. A darkness of giants
Three teenagers organize an expedition to California's Six River National Forest
to try and make a photographic record of the huge mysterious creatures
supposedly living there.

Budbill, David. Bones on Black Spruce Mountain
Seth and Daniel's camping trip to a lonely mountaintop becomes a journey into a
painful past that Daniel must confront.

Dalgliesh, Alice. The bears on Hemlock Mountain
A young boy sent on an errand over Hemlock Mountain is not so sure he likes
going alone because there may be bears on the mountain; but with the help of
the big iron pot he borrows he completes his errand.

Donovan, John. Wild in the world
When his entire family dies, John is left alone on the remote New Hampshire
farm with only a wolf-dog for company.

Fama, Elizabeth. Overboard
Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily
fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage
from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.

Farley, Walter. The black stallion
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Pulled to a desert island by a wild black stallion he has freed during a shipwreck
at sea, then rescued by a southbound freighter, a seventeen-year-old boy
befriends the horse, trains him by night, and rides him to victory in a match race.

Fleischman, Sid. Humbug Mountain
A young boy and his wandering family foil villains and rout nasty varmints as they
make a home for themselves in a beached boat on the banks of the Missouri.

Hodges, Margaret. The freewheeling of Joshua Cobb
Five youths make a camping trip by bicycle around New England for ten days.
Holling, Holling Clancy. Paddle-to-the-Sea
A young Indian boy carves an Indian figure in a small canoe and sends him off
on a long, adventurous journey through the Great Lakes to the sea.

Hutchins, Pat. The house that sailed away
In a heavy rain Morgan's house floats from London to the South Pacific where he
and his family confront cannibals and pirates.

Lee, Tanith. Piractica: a daring tale of a singular girl's adventure
A bump on the head restores Art's memories of her mother and the exciting life
they led, so the sixteen-year-old leaves Angels Academy for Young Maidens,
seeks out the pirates who were her family before her mother's death, and leads
them back to adventure on the high seas.

MacDonald, George. At the back of the North Wind
Diamond, a young boy living in nineteenth-century London, has many adventures
as he travels with the beautiful lady North Wind and comes to know the many
facets of her protective and violent temper.

Moore, Robin. The man with the silver Oar
In 1718, fifteen-year-old Daniel leaves his guardian uncle's Quaker household to
stowaway on a ship in pursuit of a pirate captain bent on raiding the coast of
North America before returning to port in Hispaniola.

Napoli, Donna Jo. North
Tired of his mother's overprotectiveness and intrigued by the life of African
American explorer Matthew Henson, twelve-year-old Alvin travels north and
spends a season with a trapper near the Arctic Circle.

Peck, Robert Newton. Banjo
While doing research for a school essay about a reclusive old mountain man, two
boys fall into an abandoned mine shaft from which only the old man can rescue

Rankin, Louise. Daughter of the mountains
Momo undertakes a dangerous journey from the mountains of Tibet to the city of
Calcutta, in search of her stolen dog Pempa.

Ransome, Arthur. Peter Duck
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Six intrepid brothers and sisters crew out on the high seas where they brave
every imaginable danger.

Seredy, Kate. The good master
Two cousins spend an adventurous summer on a ranch on the Hungarian plains.
Smith, Roland. Jaguar
While accompanying his father on an expedition up the Amazon River to a jaguar
preserve in Brazil, fourteen-year-old Jacob must contend with dangerous animals
and fortune hunters.

Sperry, Armstrong. Call it courage
Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his
fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.

Strasser, Todd. Shark bite
Ian, 12, and his sister Talia, 14, are invited to join 10th-grader Stuart Green and
his father as they sail from Galveston, TX, to Cancun, Mexico. When Mr. Green
is injured during a storm and the Big Bucks sinks, the group barely makes it into
a rubber raft before the first shark appears.

Twain, Mark. The adventures of Tom Sawyer
A mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the nineteenth
century impresses his friends and horrifies adults by associating with the son of
the town drunk, running away from home, attending his own funeral, witnessing a
murder, getting lost in a cave, and finding lost treasure.

Wetterer, Margaret K. Kate Shelley and the midnight express
Fifteen-year-old Kate risks her life in a storm to prevent a train disaster.

Zindel, Paul. Raptor
Zack and his Ute Indian friend find themselves trapped in a cave with a living
dinosaur--the deadly Utahraptor.

Adventure Stories Picture Books

Ahlberg, Allan. The adventures of Bert
A young boy has a series of humorous adventures, including falling into a truck
which takes him to Scotland, being chased by a giant sausage, and jumping into
a river before he remembers he cannot swim.

Barroux, Stephane. Mr. Katapat's incredible adventures
Each day, an ordinary man becomes a great adventurer when he goes to the
library and reads about the Wild West, pirates, or a visit to the pyramids.

Carrick, Carol. The washout
When a summer storm washes out the road, Christopher decides to row around
the lake for help--and almost gets into serious trouble.

Feiffer, Jules. Meanwhile—
Using a "magical" word from his comic books, Raymond escapes his mother's
calls into a series of dangerous adventures.
Fisher, Leonard Everett. Sailboat lost
Two boys are stranded when their boat is carried away by a high tide and then
rescued when it returns.

Talbott, Hudson. Safari journal: the adventures in Africa of Carey Monroe
Twelve-year-old Carey is unhappy about being sent on a trip to Kenya with his
wacky Aunt Elaine, until he encounters fascinating customs, endangered
animals, and wild adventures.

Animal Survival Chapter Books

Avi. Poppy
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big
enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

Burnford, Sheila Every. The incredible journey
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together
250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.

Chambers, John W. Fritzi's winter
Separated from her family during their last week-end visit to Fire Island, a
Siamese cat struggles to survive on her own during the long winter months that

Erickson, Russell E. Warton and Morton
Two brother toads, off on a camping trip, are separated during a flash flood and
before reuniting have much more adventure than they bargained for.

George, Jean Craighead. Julie's wolf pack
Continues the story of Julie and her wolves in which Kapu must protect his pack
from famine and disease while uniting it under his new leadership.

Jacques, Brian. Mossflower
Martin the warrior mouse and Gonff the mousethief set out to find the missing
ruler of Mossflower, while the other animal inhabitants of the woodland prepare
to rebel against the evil wildcat who has seized power.

Jacques, Brian. Redwall
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the
evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to
find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help
Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.

Morey, Walt. Kavik the wolf dog
A wolf-dog instinctively travels 2000 miles from Washington to Alaska to return to
the boy who once saved his life.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The grand escape
After years of being strictly house cats, Marco and Polo escape into the
wonderful, but dangerous, outside world and are sent on three challenging
adventures by a group of cats known as the Club of Mysteries.

Perkins, Charles A. Wilderness friend
Because his gentle St. Bernard, Molly, cannot stay out of trouble in town, a
young boy eventually offers his loyal companion to the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police as a patrol dog. But even this almost costs Molly her life when she attacks
a criminal attempting to kill her and her newborn puppies.

Said, S. F. Varjak Paw
Guided by the spirit of his legendary Mesopotamian ancestor, Jalal, Varjak Paw,
a pure-bred cat, leaves his home and pampered existence and sets out to save
his family from the evil Gentleman who took their owner, the Contessa, away.

Steig, William. Abel’s Island
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his
resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and
return to his home.

Animal Survival Picture Books

Byars, Betsy Cromer. Little Horse on his own
Little Horse confronts lightning, fire, and dangerous animals in his effort to return
home to his mother and the valley of the little horses.

Heine, Helme. Friends go adventuring
After going on a few adventures the barnyard animals return to the farm, tired
and hungry, to tell their stories to the astonished farmer and all the other animals.

Muschg, Hanna. Two little bears
Growing up with their mother in a cave, two young bears gradually explore the
surrounding forest and learn survival skills.

Historical Adventurous Fiction Chapter Books

Alexander, Lloyd. The rope trick
Motivated by her quest to learn a legendary rope trick, the magician Princess Lidi
and her troupe embark on a journey through Renaissance Italy that intertwines
adventure, love, and mystery.

Avi. The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that
the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Beatty, Jerome. From New Bedford to Siberia: a Yankee whaleman in the frozen
A fifteen-year-old finds more adventure than he expected when he signs onto a
whaler for three years.

Beatty, Patricia. I want my Sunday, stranger!
A thirteen-year-old Mormon boy from California makes his way east, searching
for his horse which was stolen for use by the Confederates in the Civil War.

Butler, Cynthia. Michael Hendee
Captured by the Indians during a raid on their Vermont settlement during the
Revolution, a seven-year-old boy and his companions wait for the right time to

Cindrich, Lisa. In the shadow of the Pali: a story of the Hawaiian leper colony
In the late nineteenth century, twelve-year-old Liliha is sent to the Kalaupapa
Leprosy Colony at Molokai, Hawaii, where she struggles to endure savage living
conditions and people, as well as her own disease.

Crompton, Anne Eliot. The ice trail
Persistent memories of his earlier life compel 15-year-old Tanial to flee from his
Abnaki Indian captors and journey during the winter from the northern shores of
Lake Champlain to the English settlements.

DeFelice, Cynthia C. Weasel
Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while his father is recovering
from an injury, eleven-year-old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as
Weasel and makes a surprising discovery about the concept of revenge.

Duey, Kathleen. Cave-in, St. Claire, Pennsylvania, 1859
In 1859 when Rory disguises herself as a boy in order to work in a coal mine in
St. Claire, Pennsylvania, she and her friend struggle to survive a cave-in

Duey, Kathleen. Death Valley, California, 1849
A brother and sister struggle to survive the rigors of Death Valley after their
wagon breaks an axle and they set out alone to find help for their stranded family
and injured father.
Duey, Kathleen. 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

Durbin, William. The broken blade
When an injury prevents his father from going into northern Canada with fur
traders, thirteen-year-old Pierre decides to take his father's place as a voyageur.

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.

Fleischman, Sid. Jim Ugly
The adventures of twelve-year-old Jake and Jim Ugly, his father's part-mongrel,
part-wolf dog, as they travel through the Old West trying to find out what really
happened to Jake's actor father.

Furlong, Monica. Robin's country
A mute orphan boy, with only shadowy recollections of his past, runs away from
his cruel master and eventually joins Robin Hood and his followers in their forest

Garfield, Leon. The Saracen maid
After being captured by pirates and sold as a slave, a forgetful young Englishman
faces a long imprisonment because he can't remember where the ransom note
should be sent.

Hobbs, Will. Down the Yukon
In the wake of Dawson City's Great Fire of 1899, sixteen-year-old Jason and his
girlfriend Jamie canoe the Yukon River across Alaska in an epic race from
Canada's Klondike to the new gold fields at Cape Nome.

Hobbs, Will. Jason's gold
When news of the discovery of gold in Canada's Yukon Territory in 1897 reaches
fifteen-year-old Jason, he embarks on a 10,000-mile journey to strike it rich.

Holman, Felice. The wild children
Left behind when his whole family is arrested by soldiers during the dark days
following the Bolshevik Revolution, twelve-year-old Alex falls in with a gang of
other desperate homeless children, but never loses his hope for a better life.

Karr, Kathleen. Bone dry
In the 1840s, Dr. Asa B. Cornwall, a phrenologist, and his fourteen-year-old
assistant, Matthew Morrissey, travel from Paris to Northern Africa to seek the
missing skull of Alexander the Great.

Kehret, Peg. The secret journey
In 1834 when a storm at sea destroys the slave ship on which she is a stowaway,
twelve-year-old Emma musters all her resourcefulness to survive in the African

Kipling, Rudyard. Captains courageous
When a rich, young boy is washed overboard from his luxury liner and picked up
by fisherman who need to earn a living, his entire life changes from pampered
luxury to the adventure of a lifetime.

Kjelgaard, Jim. Snow dog
The adventure of a husky dog, born in the wilderness, left to fend for himself
when a black wolf kills his mother and brothers, and finally won over by the
trapper his mother had deserted.

Laird, Marnie. Water rat
Matt, a 14-year-old crippled orphan, has had a hard life. So when he runs away
he's convinced that life will be easier for him. He is accused of robbery, loses a
friend and comes face to face with pirates.

Laurgaard, Rachel K. Patty Reed's doll: the story of the Donner party
A wooden doll recalls the hope with which a group of pioneers begins their
journey and the ordeals they face as they travel from Springfield, Illinois, to

Lawrence, Iain. The buccaneers
In the eighteenth century sixteen-year-old John Spencer sails from England in his
schooner, the Dragon, to the Caribbean, where he and the crew encounter
pirates, fierce storms, fever, and a strange man who some fear may be cursed.

Lawrence, Iain. The smugglers
In eighteenth-century England, after his father buys a schooner called the
Dragon, sixteen-year-old John sets out to sail it from Kent to London and
becomes involved in a dangerous smuggling scheme.

McClung, Robert M. Hugh Glass, mountain man
A fictionalized biography of the legendary hero of the Old West, who as a fur
trapper in 1823, survived an attack by a grizzly bear.
Moeri, Louise. Save Queen of Sheba
After miraculously surviving a Sioux Indian raid on the trail to Oregon, a brother
and sister set out with few provisions to find the rest of the settlers.

Napoli, Donna Jo. Stones in water
After being taken by German soldiers from a local movie theater along with other
Italian boys including his Jewish friend, Roberto is forced to work in Germany,
escapes into the Ukrainian winter, before desperately trying to make his way
back home to Venice.

Paulsen, Gary. Mr. Tucket
In 1848, while on a wagon train headed for Oregon, fourteen-year-old Francis
Tucket is kidnapped by Pawnee Indians and then falls in with a one-armed
trapper who teaches him how to live in the wild.

Paulsen, Gary. Tucket's home
Francis, Lottie, and Billy survive a series of hair-raising adventures while on their
way west to the Oregon Trail, where they hope to find the Tucket family.

Paulsen, Gary. Tucket's ride
When fifteen-year-old Francis and two younger children lose their way in the
wilderness of the Southwest, they face capture at the hands of dangerous men.

Philbrick, W. R. The journal of Douglas Allen Deeds: the Donner Party expedition
Douglas Deeds, a fifteen-year-old orphan, keeps a journal of his travels by
wagon train as a member of the ill-fated Donner Party, which became stranded in
the Sierra Nevada mountains in the winter of 1846-47.

Rees, Celia. Pirates!: the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and
Nancy Kington, female pirates
In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family's Jamaican plantation where
she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave
friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in
search of treasure.

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

Shaw, Janet Beeler. Kaya's escape: a survival story
In the fall of 1764, after Kaya and her sister are kidnapped from their Nez Perce
village by enemy horse raiders, she tries to find a way to escape back home.
Includes historical notes on education and learning among the Nez Perce
Speare, Elizabeth George. The sign of the beaver
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a
boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

Steele, William O. The buffalo knife
Nine-year-old Andy and his family brave natural and man-made dangers during a
perilous thousand-mile raft trip down the Tennessee River.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them
money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them
to a pirate's fortune.

Taylor, Theodore. The cay
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German
submarine during World War II, a twelve-year-old white boy, blinded by a blow on
the head, and an old Negro are stranded on a small desert island in the
Caribbean where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from
his old companion.

Torrey, Michele. Voyage of ice: chronicles of courage
In 1849, fifteen-year-old Nick and his older brother, longing to be whalers, sign
on as hands on the whaling ship Sea Hawk, and find that the journey is full of
hardship and unexpected dangers. They are mercilessly overworked by a cruel
and dangerous captain. The officers think nothing of beating the crewmen within
an inch of their lives. And that’s only the beginning. When an awful turn of fate
leaves them stranded in the harsh Arctic winter, they encounter the toughest
battle of all - the one for their very survival.

Willis, Patricia. Danger along the Ohio
Lost in the Ohio River Valley in May 1793, twelve-year-old Clare and her two
brothers struggle to survive in the wilderness and to avoid capture by the
Shawnee Indians.

Wyss, Johann David. The Swiss family Robinson
A Swiss family with four boys becomes shipwrecked on a deserted island where
they spend ten years imaginatively altering their "New Switzerland" into a home.

Historical Adventurous Fiction Picture Books

Sis, Peter. A small, tall tale from the Far, Far North
With the help of Eskimos, Jan Welzl survives a perilous journey from central
Europe to the Arctic regions in the late 1800s.
Natural Disaster Chapter Books

Day, Veronique. Landslide!
Five French children spending their Christmas holidays in a mountain village are
buried inside an isolated cottage by a landslide. They are there for twelve days
before one of them invents a way of sending out a signal for help.

De Roo, Anne. Scrub fire
Fourteen-year-old Michelle and her younger brothers, separated from their aunt
and uncle during a scrub fire on a camping trip in New Zealand, must use all their
resources to find their way back to civilization.

Fleming, Susan. Trapped on the Golden Flyer
The train carrying Paul west through the Sierra Nevadas becomes frozen to the
tracks during a blizzard and the passengers are drawn together in a fight for

Fry, Rosalie K. Snowed up
Although being snowbound in a Welsh farmhouse is at first a great adventure,
three children must soon concentrate on finding food, fuel, and help.

Kehret, Peg. Earthquake terror
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern California where his
family had been camping, twelve-year-old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to
keep himself, his partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until help

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.

Mayne, William. Low tide
A tidal wave begins an adventure for three New Zealand children.

Paulsen, Gary. Escape from Fire Mountain
Thirteen-year-old Nikki hears a cry for help over her CB radio and races into a
forest fire to rescue two trapped youngsters. Ruthless poachers are hot on their
trail and it is up to Nikki and her horse Goblin to get them through the deadly

Ruckman, Ivy. Night of the twisters
A fictional account of the night freakish and devastating tornadoes hit Grand
Island, Nebraska, as experienced by a twelve-year-old, his family, and friends.
Rumsey, Marian. Carolina hurricane
Lost in a crab boat in the middle of a South Carolina salt marsh, twelve-year-old
Morgan endures the full brunt of a hurricane.

Skurzynski, Gloria. Trapped in the slickrock canyon
Usually antagonistic, Gina and Justin, twelve-year-old cousins, come to a better
understanding of each other during a night trying to survive a flash flood and
other dangers in the western mountains.

Science Fiction Adventure and Survival Chapter Books

Alexander, Lloyd. The El Dorado adventure
Traveling to Central America to inspect her real estate holdings, seventeen-year-
old Vesper tries to stop a villain from building a canal which would destroy an
Indian tribe's homeland.

Alexander, Lloyd. The remarkable journey of Prince Jen
Bearing six unusual gifts, young Prince Jen embarks on a perilous quest and
emerges triumphantly into manhood.

Allende, Isabel. City of the beasts
When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic
grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he
experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert
disaster for the Indians.

Armstrong, Jennifer. The keepers of the flame
After a virus destroys most of the world's adult population, a group of children are
delighted to discover a colony of adult survivors in a Florida shopping mall but
soon find that they are not as friendly as they appear.

Armstrong, Jennifer. The kiln
After a virus destroys most of the world's adult popoulation, a band of children
travels in search of an explanation for the dark mystery that forms the heart of
their existence.

Armstrong, Jennifer. The kindling
In 2007, a small band of children have joined together in a Florida town, trying to
survive in a world where it seems that all the adults have been killed off by a
catastrophic virus.

Christopher, John. Empty world
When a deadly virus kills off most of the world's population, a teenaged boy tries
to survive in a seemingly empty England.
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

Foster, Alan Dean. The Hand of Dinotopia
Will and Sylvia search for the mysterious Hand of Dinotopia, which will
supposedly lead to a safe sea route to and from the hidden island where people
and dinosaurs live together peacefully.

Heinlein, Robert A. Tunnel in the sky
A high school senior goes through the gate to an unknown planet for a two-to-ten
day final exam in Advanced Survival, and realizes, after a period of fighting the
elements and wildlife, that something has gone wrong with the gate and what
was a brief survival exam is an endless struggle for life.

Hoover, H. M. Orvis
On an Earth that has become an inhospitable wilderness, Toby and her friend
Thaddeus find themselves lost in "the empty" with Orvis, an obsolete robot who
is their only hope of protection and escape.

Lawrence, Louise. Calling B for butterfly
Four teenagers must fend for themselves and two babies when the space liner
on which they are traveling is destroyed by an asteroid.

Lawrence, Louise. Children of the dust
After a nuclear war devastates the earth, a small band of people struggles for
survival in a new world where children are born with strange mutations.

L'Engle, Madeleine. A wrinkle in time
Meg Murray, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a
midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears
at their door. He claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them
that there is such a thing as a "tesseract," which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in
time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly
disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces
of evil as they search through space for their father?

Morpurgo, Michael. King of the cloud forests
After being rescued in the mountains of Tibet by a near-human tribe who revere
him as a god, Ashley must choose between returning to the violence of the
village he fled and the tests of courage that await him as the tribe's god.
Paulsen, Gary. The Transall saga
While backpacking in the desert, thirteen-year-old Mark falls into a tube of blue
light and is transported into a more primitive world, where he must use his
knowledge and skills to survive.

Pinkwater, Daniel Manus. Wallpaper from space
At bedtime, a young boy enters the outer space-patterned wallpaper in his room
and has adventures with a band of spacemice.

Wilderness Survival Chapter Books

Aaron, Chester. An American ghost
As flood waters sweep his house down the Mississippi River, a boy is joined by a
mountain lion who is also trying desperately to stay alive.

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.

Blackwood, Gary L. Wild Timothy
Thirteen-year-old Timothy, more interested in reading than in physical activity,
reluctantly accompanies his enthusiastic father on a camping trip and, when he
accidently becomes lost in the woods, discovers that he is capable of surviving
on his own.

Bledsoe, Lucy Jane. Tracks in the snow
Erin and her science project partner Tiffany become lost in the snow-covered
Sierra mountains when Erin leads them on a trek to find her missing babysitter.

Bradbury, Bianca. Boy on the run
Nick Fournier runs away from his over-protective, upper-middle-class mother and
tests his ability to function and survive on a rugged Massachusetts island.

Casanova, Mary. When eagles fall
Still coping with her brother's death and her parents' subsequent divorce,
thirteen-year-old Alex finds herself stranded on a small, deserted island in
Minnesota with an injured eaglet.

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.
Cole, Brock. The goats
Stripped and marooned on a small island by their fellow campers, a boy and a
girl form an uneasy bond that grows into a deep friendship when they decide to
run away and disappear without a trace.

Donovan, John. Wild in the world
When his entire family dies, John is left alone on the remote New Hampshire
farm with only a wolf-dog for company.

Dygard, Thomas J. River danger
Although he reluctantly agrees to accompany his little brother on a canoe trip,
eighteen-year-old Eric finally gains new respect for this younger sibling whose
ingenuity rescues him.

Fields, Terri. Danger in the desert
Two brothers attempt to survive in the desert outside Scottsdale, Arizona, after
they are abandoned there following a carjacking.

George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the wolves
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old
Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a
wolf pack.

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

George, Jean Craighead. On the far side of the mountain
Sam's peaceful existence in his wilderness home is disrupted when his sister
runs away and his pet falcon is confiscated by a conservation officer.

George, Jean Craighead. The talking earth
Billie Wind ventures out alone into the Florida Everglades to test the legends of
her Indian ancestors and learns the importance of listening to the earth's vital

George, Jean Craighead. Tree castle island
After building his own canoe, fourteen-year-old Jack Hawkins goes to try it out in
his beloved Okefenokee Swamp, where an accident tests his survival skills and
leads him to a shocking discovery.
Halvorson, Marilyn. Nobody said it would be easy
Having lost the use of his right hand and gotten into a private war with his spirited
cousin Kat, fifteen-year-old Lance thinks things cannot get worse, until a plane
crash strands them together in a snowy Canadian wilderness.

Hammer, Charles. Wrong-way Ragsdale
In a moment of anger, thirteen-year-old Emmett and his little sister Essie take off
in their father's Taylorcraft airplane, make a forced landing in the mountains, and
try to survive in the wilderness.

Hill, David. Take it easy
Sent by his father on a five-day wilderness hike in the rugged New Zealand
mountains, Rob and five other less-experienced teenagers must go it alone when
their leader suddenly dies.

Hill, Kirkpatrick. Toughboy and Sister
The death of their drunken father strands ten-year-old Toughboy and his younger
sister at a remote fishing cabin in the Yukon, where they spend a summer trying
to cope with dwindling food supplies and hostile wildlife.

Hobbs, Will. Beardance
While accompanying an elderly rancher on a trip into the San Juan Mountains,
Cloyd, a Ute Indian boy, tries to help two orphaned grizzly cubs survive the
winter and, at the same time, completes his spirit mission.

Houston, James A. Long claws: an Arctic adventure
An Eskimo brother and sister make a perilous trek across the storm-swept tundra
to bring back a frozen caribou to their hungry family. Their return journey
becomes even more hazardous when a huge grizzly bear picks up their trail and
follows them.

Kjelgaard, Jim. Rescue dog of the high pass
A boy who cannot master book learning but knows the mountains well is
accepted as a lay worker at the hospice in St. Bernard Pass, where he and his
great mastiff work to prove their worth.

Kjelgaard, Jim. Wild trek
A trapper and his dog travel into the Caribou Mountains to rescue a naturalist
and a pilot whose plane has been downed in the rugged wilderness of northern

Korman, Gordon. Shipwreck
(Check out the rest of the series too!)
Six kids, Nick, J.J., Will, Lyssa, Charla, and Ian, are thrown together against their
will on a small boat that will make a one-month journey on the Pacific Ocean.
They have all been sent for different reasons. Luke is taking his only choice
besides being sent to a juvenile detention facility for a crime he didn't commit.
Will and Lyssa are quarreling siblings sent by their parents, who hope the trip will
teach them to get along better. J.J. was sent by a movie-star father after he
pulled one two many pranks. Ian's parents hoped to cure him of his TV addiction.
Charla was sent because she was having an athletic "burnout." But these six
totally different kids have to learn to work together to survive a vicious storm and
a shipwreck that leave them stranded in the middle of the ocean with no food, no
water, and almost no hope for survival.

L'Engle, Madeleine. Troubling a star
As she tries to stay alive after being left on an iceberg in the Antarctic, sixteen-
year-old Vicky recalls the series of events that brought her to the bottom of the
world and involved her in a dangerous mystery.

Mazer, Harry. The island keeper
Longing to disappear after the death of her beloved younger sister, 16-year-old
Cleo runs away from her overprotective and oppressive family and goes to a
remote island where she is the only human inhabitant.

Morey, Walt. Canyon winter
Stranded for six months in the Rocky Mountains following an airplane crash, a
15-year-old boy is taken in by an old hermit who teaches him the ways of the

Morgan, Clay. The boy who spoke dog
After being marooned on an island near New Zealand, Jack, an orphaned cabin
boy from San Francisco, becomes allied with a group of dogs who protect the
local sheep from wild dogs.

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.

Mowat, Farley. Lost in the Barrens
Jamie is a greenhorn kid from the city who becomes stranded in the wilderness
with his new friend, a Canadian Indian boy named Awasin; winter is coming on
and they will have to improvise survival techniques.

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.
Neale, Jonathan. Lost at sea
A brother and sister recount their harrowing experiences as they sail a small
yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, after their mentally unstable mother's boyfriend
is washed overboard.

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.

Orr, Wendy. Nim's island
Nim loves her island home and the animals she shares it with even while her
scientist father is away doing research, but trouble is on the way and a new e-
mail friend could be the only one who can help.

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

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.

Paulsen, Gary. Brian's winter
Companion book to: Hatchet and The river
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.

Paulsen, Gary. Dogsong
A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life
takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking
his own "song" of himself.

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

Paulsen, Gary. The haymeadow
Fourteen-year-old John comes of age and gains self-reliance during the summer
he spends up in the Wyoming mountains tending his father's herd of sheep.
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.

Paulsen, Gary. The voyage of the Frog
When David goes out on his sailboat to scatter his recently deceased uncle's
ashes to the wind, he is caught in a fierce storm and must survive many days on
his own as he works out his feelings about life and his uncle.

Petersen, P. J. White water
Greg confronts his own fears and assumes a leadership role when his father is
bitten by a rattlesnake during a white-water rafting trip.

Phipson, Joan. Hit and run
Sixteen-year-old Roland's hit-and-run accident in a borrowed car sends him
fleeing into the wild Australian countryside, where he struggles for both survival
and self-respect.

Sperry, Armstrong. Call it courage
Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart,
overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his

St. George, Judith. In the shadow of the bear
Seventeen-year-old Annie's week in Alaska at her father's company's camp
stretches her mental and physical limits as she must deal with hostile Russians
and survival in the wilderness.

Savage, Deborah. A rumour of otters
Angry at being left behind when her father and brother go off to muster sheep,
Alexa decides to search in the wild for the otters previously seen only by a
mystical Maori tribesman.

Strasser, Todd. Gator prey
After a plane crash in the swampy Everglades, two spunky teenagers help their
parents survive alligators, mosquitoes, quicksand, and worse.
Taylor, Theodore. Timothy of the cay
Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with
the old black man Timothy, twelve-year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to
regain his sight with an operation.

Voigt, Cynthia. Homecoming
Abandoned by their mother, four children begin a search for a home and an

Wyss, Johann David. The Swiss family Robinson
Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they imaginatively adapt to life
on an island with abundant animal and plant life.

Wilderness Survival Picture Books

Ahlberg, Allan. The adventures of Bert
A young boy has a series of humorous adventures, including falling into a truck
which takes him to Scotland, being chased by a giant sausage, and jumping into
a river before he remembers he cannot swim.

Fleischman, Paul. Lost!: a story in string
A grandmother tells a story about a young girl who uses her wits and what is
available to her to help her survive when she is lost in the snow. Includes
instructions for creating a number of string figures mentioned in the story.

Houston, James A. Akavak: an Eskimo journey
Thirteen-year-old Akavak accompanies his dying grandfather on a dangerous
journey of ice, cold, and hunger.

Houston, James A. Tiktaliktak: an Eskimo legend
Recounts the ingenuity of a young Inuit hunter who has been carried out to sea
on an ice floe. Tiktaliktak battles hunger and despair, and uses his understanding
of the natural environment to survive and return to his family.

Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie. The bear that heard crying
A fictionalized retelling of the true story of three-year-old Sarah Whitcher, who, in
1783, became lost in the woods of New Hampshire and was protected by a bear
until her rescue four days later.

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