Survival

George, Jean Craighead

Tree Castle Island

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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. 2002

 

Giff, Patricia Reilly

Nory Ryan's Song

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When a terrible blight attacks Ireland's potato crop in 1845, twelve-year-old Nory Ryan's courage and
ingenuity help her family and neighbors survive. 2002

 

Hill, Kirkpatrick

Toughboy and Sister

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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. 1990.

 

Hobbs, Will

Crossing the Wire

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Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores journeys north in a desperate attempt to cross the Arizona border and find work
in the United States to support his family in central Mexico. 2006

 

Hopkinson, Deborah

Into the Firestorm: A Novel of San Francisco, 1906

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Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan, Nicholas Dray tries to help his new
neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires. 2006.

 

McKernan, Victoria

Shackleton's Stowaway

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A fictionalized account of the adventures of eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow, who stowed away for the
1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition and, after their ship Endurance was crushed by ice, endured many hardships, 
including the loss of the toes of his left foot to frostbite, during the nearly two-year return journey across sea
and ice. 2005

 

Mikaelsen, Ben

Red Midnight

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After soldiers kill his family, twelve-year-old Santiago and his four-year-old sister flee Guatemala in a kayak and
try to reach the United States. 2002

 

Orr, Wendy

Nim's Island

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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.  2001.

 

Paulsen, Gary

Hatchet

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Haunted by his parents' divorce, Brian Robeson, sole survivor of a plane crash, must draw on his untested skills
to survive in the wilderness. 1987

 

Paulsen, Gary

The River

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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. Sequel to "Hatchet."  1991.

 

Shahan, Sherry

Death Mountain

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While traveling to visit the mother she has not heard from in almost a year, Erin and another teenage girl become
lost in the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains and must struggle for six days to survive. 2005.

 

Shahan, Sherry

Frozen Stiff

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Cousins Cody and Derek take a kayak trip in Alaska and find themselves battling the raw elements of an untamed
wilderness.  1998.

 

Taylor, Theodore

Ice Drift

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In the year of 1868, two brothers are set adrift on the cold sea after a block of ice suddenly cracks and they
must endure incredible physical hardships, near-death experiences with wild animals, and emotional exhaustion
while waiting, with limited hope, for help to arrive. 2005.

 

Thesman, Jean

When the Road Ends

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Sent to spend the summer in the country, three foster children and an older woman recovering from a serious
accident are abandoned by their slovenly caretaker and must try to survive on their own.  1992.

 

Thomas, Jane Resh

Blind Mountain

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Unsure of himself and annoyed at having to spend a day climbing a Montana mountain with his bossy father, 
twelve-year-old Sam must become the guide on their perilous journey down when his carelessness temporarily
blinds his father. 2006.

 

Trueman, Terry

Hurricane

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A fictional account of one of the worst storms to hit the Caribbean--Hurricane Mitch in 1998--told from the perspective
of a thirteen-year-old boy living in a small village in Honduras.  2008.