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Adventure/Survival Fiction
These titles are in the Youth Fiction Section under the Author’s Last Name

Aiken, JoanDangerous Games (251 pages) - Dido Twite sails the high seas chasing Lord Herodsfoot, a wandering nobleman who is scouring the globe for new and interesting games.  Dido’s search takes her to Aratu, a mysterious island where she soon learns that poisonous snakes are the least of the island’s dangers.

Alexander, Lloyd -The Arkadians (272 pages) - To escape the wrath of the king and his wicked soothsayers, an honest young man joins with a poet-turned-jackass and a young girl with mystical powers on a series of epic adventures.

Armstrong, JenniferThe Kindling (224 pages) – 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. The First of the Fire-us Trilogy.

Avi

  • Escape from Home (295 pages) - The son of a rich English landowner finds unexpected friendship with the homeless son of a poor Irish immigrant amidst guilty secrets, death threats, and a chance for a ticket to America. The first in the series Beyond the Western Sea.
  • Poppy (147 pages) - 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.
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (215 pages) - As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
  • Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway? (170 pages) -  Toward the end of World War II, 6th grader Frankie tries to transform his life into a script from "Superman," "The Lone Ranger," etc., where the future of the free world depends on the outcome of his adventures.

Bauer, Marion Dane - Face to Face (176 pages) - Picked on at school by bullies, thirteen-year-old Michael confronts his fears during a trip to Colorado to see his father, who works as a whitewater rafting guide and whom Michael has not seen in eight years.

Blackwood, Gary - Shakespeare Stealer (216 pages) - When his master commands Widge to infiltrate Shakespeare’s acting troupe to steal the script for Hamlet, little does he know the adventurous twists and turns his life will take.

Bledsoe, Lucy JaneTracks in the Snow (120 pages) - Two girls search for a missing babysitter in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Brink, Carol RyrieBaby Island (160 pages) - Twelve-year-old Mary Wallace and her ten-year-old sister Jean survive the wreck of an ocean liner on its way to Australia and manage to make it to a seemingly deserted island in a lifeboat with four babies.

Burnford, Sheila Every - The Incredible Journey  (145 pages) - A doughty young Labrador retriever, a roguish bull terrier, and an indomitable Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness to make their way home to the family they love.

Cole, Brick - The Goats  (184 pages) - 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.

Coleman, MichaelWeirdo’s War (184 pages) - Daniel, dubbed “Weirdo” by his classmates, doesn’t fit in at school and he doesn’t want to go on the class camping trip into the wilderness.  But his father makes him go and the trip proves to be a disaster, especially when Daniel and his worst tormentor fall into an underground cavern and become dependent on one another for survival.

Easley, MaryAnn - I Am the Ice Worm (127 pages) - When the plane carrying her to visit her mother crashes above the Arctic Circle, fourteen-year-old Allison Atwood is rescued by an Inupiat man who takes her back to his village, where she slowly comes to admire their very different way of life.

Eckert, AllanIncident at Hawk’s Hill (173 pages) - A shy, lonely six-year-old wanders into the Canadian prairie and spends a summer under the protection of a badger.

Farmer, Nancy - A Girl Named Disaster (309 pages) - Nhamo’s mother was killed by a leopard, her father ran off when she was born, and she is grudgingly adopted by her mother’s family who promise her in marriage to a cruel man with three wives. Rather than accept her fate, she leaves to find her father and her kin in Zimbabwe.

Fields, TerriDanger in the Desert (126 pages) - Two brothers attempt to survive in the desert outside Scottsdale, Arizona, after they are abandoned there following a car jacking.

Fleischman, SidThe Whipping Boy (90 pages) - A bratty prince and his "whipping boy" have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Flight 29 Down: Static (224 pages) – A charter plane crashes on a deserted island forces a disparate group of teens to bury their petty jealousies and cooperate in an attempt to survive. The first in the Flight 29 Down series.

Fox, PaulaMonkey Island (151 pages) - Forced to live on the streets of New York after his mother disappears from their welfare hotel room, eleven-year-old Clay is befriended by two men who help him survive.

Garfield, LeonBlack Jack (197 pages) – A young apprentice in eighteenth-century London begins a strange adventure when he inadvertently becomes involved with a wanted criminal and a girl who is reputedly mad.

Garland, Sherry - The Silent Storm (240 pages) - Thirteen-year-old Alyssa has not spoken since seeing her parents die in a hurricane, and now, three years later, another storm threatens the home she shares with her grandfather on Galveston Island.

George, Jean Craighead -

  • Julie of the Wolves (170 pages) - 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.
  • My Side of the Mountain (178 pages) - A boy's experiences living by himself in a remote area of the Catskill Mountains.
  • The Talking Earth (151 pages) - A Seminole girl is forced to survive alone in the Everglades.
  • Water Sky (212 pages) - A boy is sent by his father to an Eskimo whaling camp to learn survival techniques.

Hawes, Charles Boardman - The Dark Frigate (246 pages) - A young man dares not return to England after his ship is taken over by pirates and he becomes a member of their crew.

Hobbs, Will 

  • Bearstone (154 pages) - A troubled Indian boy goes to live with an elderly rancher whose caring ways help the boy become a man.
  • Big Wander (181 pages) - As he searches for his uncle through the rugged Southwest Canyon Country, 14 year old Clay becomes involved with a group of Navajo Indians who are trying to save some of the last wild mustangs.
  • Far North (226 pages) - After the destruction of their float plane, sixteen year old Gabe and his friend Raymond struggle to survive a winter in the wilderness of the Northwest territories.
  • Ghost Canoe (195 pages) - Fourteen-year-old Nathan, fishing with the Makah in the Pacific Northwest, finds himself holding a vital clue when a mysterious stranger comes to town looking for Spanish treasure.
  • The Maze (198 pages) - Escaping from a juvenile detention center, Rick finds himself in a sandstone puzzle of canyons and spires where he meets and bonds with feathered friends.
  • Wild Man Island (184 pages) - 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.

Houston, James A. -

  • Frozen Fire: A Tale of Courage (149 pages) - Determined to find his father who has been lost in a storm, a young boy and his Eskimo friend brave wind storms, starvation, wild animals, and wild men during their search in the Canadian Arctic.
  • Ice Swords: An Undersea Adventure (149 pages) - Two boys spending a summer at a research station in the Arctic to study the migration of whales learn deep sea diving and encounter dangerous adventure.

Ives, DavidScrib (188 pages) - In 1863, a sixteen-year-old boy nicknamed Scrib travels around the West making his living writing and delivering letters, an occupation that leads to him nearly getting killed, being jailed as a criminal, joining up with the notorious Crazy James Kincaid, and delivering a letter from President Abraham Lincoln to a Paiute Indian.

Kehret, Peg -

  • Danger at the Fair (136 pages) - Ellen receives a spirit message during a séance at the county fair warning that her brother Corey is in danger and she must rescue him.
  • Earthquake Terror (132 pages) - 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 arrives.
  • The Secret Journey (135 pages) - 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 jungle.

Key, WattAlabama Moon (294 pages) – After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a relentless enemy, and finally a new life.

Korman, Gordon

  • The Contest (137 pages) – Seven teens compete with each other to be selected as part of a team of teenage climbers with the goal of ascending Mount Everest. The first of the Everest trilogy.
  • The Discovery (141 pages) - When four kids on a marine expedition for the summer discover a sunken treasure, it is a race against time, sharks, and each other to bring the goods to shore. The first in the Dive trilogy.
  • Shipwreck (129 pages) – Six kids are thrown together against their will on a small boat that will make a one-month journey on the Pacific Ocean. These totally different kids will 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. The first in the Island trilogy.

Kurz, Jane - Storytellers Beads (154 pages) - Unexpected friendship grows between Ethiopians Sahay and blind Rahel as they leave behind familiar surroundings to escape the starvation and violence that has become their country.

Lawrence, Iain - Wreckers (196 pages) - A small town in Cornwall prospers on the bones of the shipwrecked dead, until fourteen-year-old John Spencer survives to tell the tale.

London, Jack -

  • Call of the Wild  (126 pages) - This is a story of Buck a dog abducted from his home and thrust into the merciless world of an Arctic North consumed by a quest for gold.
  • White Fang (271 pages) - The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and how he comes to make his peace with man.

Matcheck, Diane - The Sacrifice (197 pages) - Apsaalooka girl Weak-One-Who-Does-Not-Last wants a different name and a different life, so she sets out on a personal quest to defy her tribe’s custom and become a Great One.

Mazer, HarryThe Cave under the City (152 pages) - With their mother in the hospital and their father's whereabouts unknown, two boys take to the streets of New York to escape being sent to a children's shelter.

McCaughrean, Geraldine - Pirate’s Son (294 page) - Tamo White, son of a wealthy and famous pirate of the 18th century, takes orphaned schoolmate Nathan and his prim sister Maud on a fantastical trip to Madagascar where they face everything from cyclones to slavers.

McKinley, Robin

  • The Blue Sword (272 pages) - Harry, bored with her sheltered life in the remote orange-growing colony of Daria, discovers magic in herself when she is kidnapped by a native king with mysterious power.
  • The Outlaws of Sherwood (282 pages) - The author retells the adventures of Robin Hood and his band of outlaws who live in Sherwood Forest in twelfth-century England.

Mikaelson, Ben

  • Red Midnight (212 pages) - 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.
  • Touching Spirit Bear (241 pages) - After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

Myers, Edward - Climb or Die (180 pages) - 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.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds - The Fear Place  (118 pages) - When he and his older brother Gordon are left camping alone in the Rocky Mountains, twelve year old Doug faces his fear of heights and his feelings about Gordon - with the help of a cougar.

Neale, JonathanLost at Sea (101 pages) - 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'Brien, Robert C. - Z for Zachariah (249 pages) - Seemingly the only person left alive after a nuclear war, a sixteen-year-old girl is relieved to see a man arrive into her valley until she realizes that he is a tyrant and she must somehow escape.

O’Dell, Scott -

  • Black Star, Bright Dawn (134 pages) - Bright Dawn must face the challenge of the Iditarod dog sled race alone when her father is injured.
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins (181 pages) - 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.
  • Sarah Bishop (184 pages) - Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother, who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British, Sarah struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

Oldham, JuneFound (199 pages) - Because her mother cannot afford to keep her, Ren tries to survive along with other homeless persons who are united in their determination to care for an abandoned baby.

Orlev, UriThe Island on Bird Street (162 pages) – During World War II, a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.

Paulsen, Gary - Transall Saga (248 pages) - A strange beam of light transports thirteen-year-old Mark to a primitive planet where he must choose between warring tribes while trying to get back to Earth and his own time.

Peck, Richard - Secrets of the Shopping Mall (185 pages) - Two young teens find that they are not alone when they decide to take up residence in a shopping mall.

Philbrick, RodmanThe Journal of Douglas Allen Deed: the Donner Party Expedition (155 pages) – Douglas Deeds, 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.

Phleger, MarjoriePilot Down, Presumed Dead (206 pages) - A young pilot who crash lands on an island off Baja California uses his ingenuity to survive.

Pullman, PhilipThe Scarecrow and His Servant (229 pages) – A scarecrow and his boy servant, Jack, set off on a dangerous adventure as they try to outwit the crooked Buffaloni family and stake their claim to valuable Spring Valley.

Shahan, Sherry - Frozen Stiff (151 pages) - Cousins Cody and Derek take a kayak trip in Alaska and find themselves battling the raw elements of an untamed wilderness.

Skurzynski, Gloria

  • Caught in the Moving Mountains (143 pages) - While on a three-day hike in the mountain wilderness, two thirteen-year-old brothers must use all their skill to survive when they are confronted by an injured drug dealer and are caught in an earthquake.
  • Lost in the Devil’s Desert (96 pages) - Eleven-year-old Kevin finds himself alone and lost in the Utah desert, with only his wits to help him survive.
  • Swept in the Wave of Terror (159 pages) - A brother and sister in Las Vegas are caught up in a terrorist scheme to damage the Hoover Dam.

Speare, Elizabeth GeorgeThe Sign of the Beaver (135 pages) – 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.

Taylor, TheodoreThe Cay (137 pages) - 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.

Temple, Frances - Grab Hands and Run (165 pages) - After his father disappears, twelve-year-old Felipe, his mother, and his younger sister set out on a difficult and dangerous journey, trying to make their way from their home in El Salvador to Canada.

Turner, Megan Whelan - The Thief  (219 pages) - Given the choice between life imprisonment and an almost impossible task, Gen opts for adventure and the chance to prove himself – even though he is not who he appears to be.

Willis, PatriciaDanger along the Ohio (181 pages) - 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.

Wilson, Diane Lee - I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade (288 pages) - In early fourteenth-century China, Oyuna tells her granddaughter of her girlhood in Mongolia and how love for her horse enabled her to win an important race and bring good luck to her family.

Wyss, Johann DavidThe Swiss Family Robinson (408 pages) - A terrible storm strands a Swiss pastor, with his wife and four sons, on a tropical island. Luckily, the Robinsons are optimistic and inventive, and with what they salvage from the wrecked ship, and the island's abundant fruits, plants, and animals, they soon adapt—each day discovering new dangers, skills and delights in their strange new life.

Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn - Locadio's Apprentice (219 pages) - A young Pompeiian boy becomes an apprentice to a physician as the volcano Vesuvius smolders in the background.

Zindel, Paul - Reef of Death (177 pages) - Seventeen-year-old PC is called to Australia to help his uncle deal with a missing scuba diver, a buried treasure, and a demon in the depths of the ocean.

 

 
 


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