Survival!

Great adventure books for teens.

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Adrift
Artist/Author/Cast:
Griffin, Paul
Call Number:
YP F Griffin
Description:

Working in Montauk for the summer, Matt and Mike meet three teens who invite them to their Hamptons mansion, where the group decides to sail out into the ocean in a small boat, become lost at sea, and must learn to work together to survive.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Artist/Author/Cast:
Twain, Mark
Call Number:
JF/F Twain
Description:

Huckleberry Finn had a tough life with his drunk father until an adventure with Tom Sawyer changed everything. But when Huck's dad returns and kidnaps him, he must escpe down the Mississippi river with runaway slave, Jim. They encounter trouble at every turn, from floods and gunfights to armed bandits and the long arm of the law. Through it all the friends stick together -- but can Huck and Tom free Jim from slavery once and for all?

Be Not Far from Me
Artist/Author/Cast:
McGinnis, Mindy
Call Number:
HS F McGinnis
Description:

Lost in the Great Smoky Mountains, rising high school senior Ashley Hawkins must fight for survival without any tools, growing in awareness that the world is not tame, and neither are people.

 

Crossing the Wire
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hobbs, Will
Call Number:
YP F Hobbs
Description:

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.

Dry
Artist/Author/Cast:
Shusterman, Neal
Call Number:
HS F Shusterman
Description:

The drought -- or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it -- has been going on for a while now. Everyone's lives have become an endless list of don'ts : don't water the lawn, don't fill up your pool, don't take long showers. Until the taps run dry. Suddenly, Alyssa's quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbours and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don't return and her life -- and the life of her brother -- is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices if she's going to survive.

Edge of Nowhere
Artist/Author/Cast:
Smelcer, John
Call Number:
YP F Smelcer
Description:

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.

The Eleventh Plague
Artist/Author/Cast:
Hirsch, Jeff
Call Number:
YP F Hirsch
Description:

Twenty years after the start of the war that caused the Collapse, fifteen-year-old Stephen, his father, and grandfather travel post-Collapse America scavenging, but when his grandfather dies and his father decides to risk everything to save the lives of two strangers, Stephen's life is turned upside down.

Artist/Author/Cast:
Farmer, Nancy
Call Number:
YP F Farmer
Description:

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.

Hatchet
Artist/Author/Cast:
Paulsen, Gary
Call Number:
JF/YP F Paulsen
Description:

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 him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

I Am Still Alive
Artist/Author/Cast:
Marshall, Kate Alice
Call Number:
HS F Marshall
Description:

Stranded in the woods with few supplies and survival skills, a disabled girl and her dog fervently prepare for the coming winter while evaluating how her mother's death, a dysfunctional foster-care system and her survivalist father led to her predicament.

The Island
Artist/Author/Cast:
Levez, Olivia
Call Number:
YP F Levez
Description:

Alone on an island in the Indian Ocean, Frances must learn to survive as well as come to terms with the crimes she committed that placed her there.

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Artist/Author/Cast:
O'Dell, Scott
Call Number:
YP F O'Dell
Description:

A young Indian girl survives eighteen years alone on a beautiful, isolated island off the coast of California.

Life of Pi
Artist/Author/Cast:
Martel, Yann
Call Number:
HS F/F Martel
Description:

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.

A Long Walk to Water
Artist/Author/Cast:
Park, Linda Sue
Call Number:
YP F Park
Description:

When the Sudanese civil war reaches his village in 1985, eleven-year-old Salva becomes separated from his family and must walk with other Dinka tribe members through southern Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya in search of safe haven. Based on the life of Salva Dut, who, after emigrating to America in 1996, began a project to dig water wells in Sudan.

Lost in the River of Grass
Artist/Author/Cast:
Rorby, Ginny
Call Number:
YP F Rorby
Description:

When two Florida teenagers become stranded on a tiny island in the Everglades, they attempt to walk ten miles through swampland to reach civilization.

Navigating Early
Artist/Author/Cast:
Vanderpool, Clare
Call Number:
YP F Vanderpool
Description:

Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

North
Artist/Author/Cast:
Napoli, Donna Jo
Call Number:
YP F Napoli
Description:

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.

Notes from My Captivity
Artist/Author/Cast:
Parks, Kathy
Call Number:
HS F Parks
Description:

Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college; becoming a revered journalist like her idol, Sydney Declay; and making her late father proud of her. So when Adrienne is offered the chance to write an article that will get her into her dream school and debunk her foolish stepfather’s belief that a legendary family of hermits is living in the Siberian wilderness, there’s no question that she’s going to fly across the world. But the Russian terrain is even less forgiving than Adrienne. And when disaster strikes, none of their extensive preparations seem to matter.

Peak
Artist/Author/Cast:
Smith, Roland
Call Number:
YP F Smith
Description:

Fourteen-year-old boy Peak Marcello attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

The Raft
Artist/Author/Cast:
Bodeen, S. A.
Call Number:
HS F Bodeen
Description:

Robbie's last-minute flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters, but the real terror begins when the co-pilot Max pulls her onto the raft.

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