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Avi. The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts: Being an Absolutely Accurate Autobiographical Account of My Follies, Fortune & Fate, Written by Himself. [AR n/a]
In 1724 England, 12-year-old Oliver embarks on a journey from his seaside home to find his father and his older sister, a journey filled with thieves, adventure, and treachery.
Braillier, Max. The Last Kids on Earth. (Last Kids on Earth #1) [AR 4.1, Pts. 3.0]
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.
Busby, Cylin. The Nine Lives of Jacob Tibbs. [AR BL 6.1, Pts. 11.0] Reluctantly accepted onboard 19th century ship, a scrawny yellow cat becomes an accepted member of the crew while enduring battles against dangerous weather, mutiny, and efforts to survive on a desert island.
DuBois, William Pene. The Twenty-One Balloons. [AR 6.8, Pts. 6.0]
Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.
Fleischman, Sid. Bandit’s Moon. [AR 4.2, Pts. 3.0]
Twelve-year-old Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaquín Murieta and his band of outlaws in the California gold-mining region during the mid-1800s.
Garretson, Dee. Wildfire Run. [AR 4.5, Pts. 7.0]
A relaxing retreat to Camp David turns deadly after a faraway earthquake sets off a chain of disastrous events that traps the president's twelve-year-old son, Luke, and his two friends within the compound.
George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain. [AR 5.2, Pts. 6.0]
Sam Gribley runs away to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. There he camps in a hollowed-out tree, with a falcon and a weasel for companions. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to city life, but his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger.
Kelly, Erin Entrada. Lalani of the Distant Sea. [AR BL 4.4, Pts. 7.0] 12-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest--how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?
Murdock, Catherine. The Book of Boy. [AR BL 4.3, Pts. 6.0] In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.
O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins. [AR 5.4, Pts. 6.0]
Left on an island off the coast of California, a young Native American girl lives alone for eighteen years, surviving on her enormous courage and self-reliance.
Patterson, James. Treasure Hunters. (Treasure Hunters #1) [AR 4.6, Pts.6.0]
Following clues left by their missing father, the four Kidd siblings sail from the Caribbean to New York City to finish the dangerous quest of their treasure-hunting parents.
Perkins, Lynn Rae. Nuts to You. [AR 4.2, Pts. 3.0]
After surviving being carried off by a hawk, a young squirrel resolves to find his way home as his best friends begin their search for him.
Preller, James. The Courage Test. [AR 4.4, Pts. 5.0]
Dragged along on his father’s wilderness adventure along the Lewis and Clark Trail, young Will meets fascinating strangers and has courage-challenging experiences that are overshadowed by growing fears that something is not quite right.
Scott, Victoria. Hear the Wolves. [AR 4.8, Pts. 6.0]
Sloan is a skilled hunter, but since losing hearing in one ear, she has clung to her father and older sister, so waking up to discover they have left for a few days terrifies her. Then, when a blizzard threatens to bury her small Alaskan town and the wolves begin to hunt, she must find her courage.
Sperry, Armstrong. Call it Courage. [AR 6.2, 4.0]
A legend of a Polynesian boy who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.
Steig, William. Abel’s Island. [5.9 Pts. 3.0]
Cast away 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 home.
Tarshis, Lauren. I Survived the Eruption of Mount St. Helens, 1980. (I Survived #14) [AR 4.4, Pts. 2.0]
On May 10, 1980, eleven-year-old Jess finds herself in the middle of the deadliest volcanic eruption in U.S. history. Trapped on the mountain, she must escape clouds of poisonous gas and landslides of rock, glacial ice, and white-hot debris.
Taylor, Theodore. The Cay. [AR 5.3, Pts. 4.0]
After the freighter on which Phillip and his mother were traveling from wartime Curacao to the U.S. is torpedoed, the boy finds himself dependent on an old West Indian for survival.
Junior High Fiction
Hesse, Karen. Stowaway. [AR BL 6.1, Pts. 11.0] A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.
Hobbs, Will. Wild Man Island. [AR 5.1, Pts. 7.0]
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.
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. [AR 5.7, Pts. 7.0]
Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. Stranded alone, with nothing but the hatchet his mother gave him as a present, Brian must use his wits, courage, and determination to survive.
Speare, Elizabeth. The Sign of the Beaver. [AR 4.9, Pts. 5.0]
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in 18th century Maine, a boy is hard pressed to survive until local Native Americans teach his their skills.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. [AR 8.3, Pts. 12.0]
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 to a pirate fortune and great danger.
Wyss, Johann David. Swiss Family Robinson. [AR 8.1, Pts. 12.0]
Relates the adventures and fortunes of a shipwrecked Swiss family as they adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.