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Pack Your Bags for an Adventure

Pack Your Bags for an Adventure

School is almost out and the temperature is heating up! It is a perfect time to fill you pack with an adventure novel or two and set out into the great outdoors. Find a great park near you using Indy Park’s fun finder.

Books:

The Swiss Family Robinson Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss – Shipwrecked on an isolated island in the early nineteenth century, a Swiss couple and their four sons rely upon their ingenuity and nature’s providence to survive in their “New Switzerland.”
Nature Girl Nature Girl by Jane Kelley – Forced to spend the summer with her family in rural Vermont, eleven-year-old Megan, a rebellious, immature urbanite gains self-confidence and maturity as she and her dog survive being lost on the Appalachian Trail.
Julie of the Wolves Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George – 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.
Island Island by Gordon Korman – 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 too 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 leaves them stranded in the middle of the ocean with no food, no water, and almost no hope for survival.
Island of the Blue Dolphins Island of the Blue Dolphins by Island of the Blue Dolphins – Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.
Hatchet Hatchet by Gary Paulsen – After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
Like Bug Juice on a Burger Like Bug Juice on a Burger by Julie Sternberg – As the days go on, nine-year-old Eleanor realizes that maybe being at summer camp isn’t so bad after all, and is full of special surprises.
Spy Camp Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs – As almost thirteen-year-old Ben, a student at the CIA’s academy for future intelligence agents, prepares to go to spy summer camp, he receives a death threat from the evil organization SPYDER.

If all the reading about outdoor adventures leaves you wanting to have an adventure of your own, check out the book Camp Out! , it is full of tips and guides for a successful camping experience. You will also want to check out Camp Granada for sing-along camp songs!

Camp Out Camp Out! by  R.J. Palacio – Gearing up: how to plan and what to pack — Home away from home: setting up camp — Good grub: fun food for hungry campfolk — Camping skills: tying knots, getting around, and staying found — Something’s in the air: watching the weather — What’s up?: the night sky — Backpack naturalist: experiments and projects — Crafty camping: outdooorsy arts and crafts — Letting loose: campout fun and games — Who goes there?: animal tracks and scat — The singing camper’s book of silly songs.
Camp Granada Camp Granada by Frané Lessac -Presents the lyrics for an assortment of popular camp songs, such as “Rise and Shine,” “The Peanut Song,” “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” “This Land Is Your Land,” and “Kum Ba Yah.”

Books recommended by: Kristen Williams, guest blogger and former Indianapolis school teacher

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Happy Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day!

star-wars-readsToday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day – may the fourth be with you! You can also celebrate Star Wars Reads – an annual event in October that gets the whole country reading about the Star Wars Universe, all at the same time. But you don’t have to wait for a special day, you can have reading adventures with your favorite Star Wars characters EVERY day. There are chapter books, graphic novels, craft books, pintables, activities and more to celebrate your favorite Star Wars characters.


eBooks:

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A New HopeDarth Vader and FriendsEdge of the GalaxyFinn and the First OrderJedi AcademyReturn of the Dark SideStar Wars AliensThe Adventures of C-3POThe Life and Legend of Obi Wan-KenobiThe Phantom Menace Storybook

eAudios:

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Return of the Jedi Beware the Power of the Dark SideRey's StoryThe Empire Strikes BackThe Force Awakens

Websites & Activities:

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Museum Artifacts:

Han Solo in CarboniteHan Solo in Carbonite – This replica of the original Han Solo prop was made from the actual molds created for the Star Wars films. In The Empire Strikes Back, the character Han Solowas captured by bounty hunter Boba Fett. Solo was flash-frozen in carbonite-alive, yet entombed. He hung as a trophy on Jabba the Hutt’s wall until being rescuedby his Rebel friends in the film, Return of the Jedi.

Millenium FalconStar Wars Millenium Falcon & Two Figures – Never tell me the odds! could well be Han Solo’s motto. Not the fresh faced hero of George Lucas’ film, Lucas considered Han Solo “a loner who realizes the importance of being part of a group and helping for the common good.” From smuggler to TCM Logo 150general for the rebel alliance, Solo along with fellow adventurer Chewbacca formed a team in the classic tale of good versus evil which blended the best of old-fashioned cliffhangers and science fiction with groundbreaking special effects. This 1981 toy Millennium Falcon was made by Kenner. Toys released after Star Wars in 1977 launched the trend of “mega-marketing” major movies with products. A new generation of fans discovered the Star Wars series with the release of episodes I, II, and III between 1999 and 2005.


Fiction:

Skywalker Strikes Volume OneStar Wars Darth Vader Volume OneStar Wars Rebel HeroesVader Down Volume OneThe Princess and the ScoundrelJedi AcademyThe Strange Case of Origami YodaRebel ForceDark Horse ComicsBB-8 on the Run

Non-Fiction:

Star Wars Character EncyclopediaStar Wars Galactic MapsStar Wars the Force Awakens Incredible Cross-SectionsThe Force Awakens Visual DictionaryThe Amazing Book of Lego Star WarsThe Amazing Book of Star WarsStar Wars The Complete Visual DictionaryLego Star Wars the Visual DictionaryWho Are the JediStar Wars Rebels the Visual GuideThe Secret Life of DroidsBeware the SithStar Wars Incredible VehiclesStar Wars Complete VehiclesLego Star Wars in 100 ScenesLego Star Wars The Dark SideStar Wars Absolutely Everything You Need to KnowStar Wars Science Fair BookStar Wars Cook Book
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Ninjas

Ninjas

A ninja was a member of Japanese society that was highly trained in martial arts and stealth. They were hired for jobs such as espionage, sabotage, and even assassination.

Check out one of these ninja books today!

Books:

Books recommended by: Kristen Williams, guest blogger and former Indianapolis school teacher

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Minecraft

Minecraft

Websites & Activities:

Craft Projects for Minecraft and Pixel Art Fans Pixel Craft   Minecraft Tracer  Minecraft Crossword
Minecraft Bingo  Minecraft Steve Draw Minecraft Chicken  

Strategies & Hacks:

The Big Book of Building Blockopedia Minecraft Modding for Kids Unofficial Encyclopedia for Minecrafters
Minecrafter 2.0 Construction Handbook Combat Handbook Essential Handbook
Redstone Handbook Hacks for Minecrafters Combat Edition Hacks for Minecrafters Command Blocks Hacks for Minecrafters
Master Builder Hacks for Minecrafters Redstone Hacks for Minecrafters Holy Bible for Minecrafters Minecraft Surival
Minecraft Tips Redstone Devices Minecraft House Ideas

Chapter Books & Series:

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The Battle of Zombie Hill Series: Defenders of the Overworld
#1: The Battle of Zombie Hill
#2: Battalion Banished
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie Series: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie
#1: A Scare of a Dare
#2: Bullies & Buddies
#3: When Nature Calls
#4: Zombie Swap
#5: School Daze
#6: Creepaway Camp
Rescue Island Series: Flynn’s Log
#1: Rescue Island
#2: Thorn’s Lair
#3: The Ultimate Form of Life
#4: Offline
Invasion of the Overworld Series: Gameknights999
#1: Invasion of the Overworld
#2: Battle for the Nether
#3: Confronting the Dragon
Herobrine Rises Series: Minecraft Adventures
#0: Herobrine Rises
#1: The Portal
#2: Day of the Creepers
#3: Here Be Dragons
#4: The Dark Temple
#5: Immortal Zombie
#6: Displaced Kingdom
#7: Forgotten Reboot
The Quest for the Diamond Sword Series: Minecraft Gamer’s Adventures
#1: The Quest for the Diamond Sword
#2: The Mystery of the Griefer’s Mark
#3: The Endermen Invasion
#4: Treasure Hunters in Trouble
#5: The Skeletons Strike Back
#6: Clash of the Creepers
Zombie Ambush Series: A Minecraft Novel
#1: Zombie Ambush
#2: The Rescue
#3: Final Play
#4: Battle at Creep Fields
#5: Isle of Adventure
#6: The Wildman
Trouble in Zombie-town Series: Mystery of Herobrine
#1: Trouble in Zombietown
#2: The Jungle Temple Oracle
#3: Last Stand on the Ocean Floor
The Secret Treasure Series: Unofficial League of Griefers Adventures
#1: The Secret Treasure
#2: Hidden in the Overworld
#3: Griever’s Revene
#4: Return of the Rainbow Griefers
#5: The Nether Attack
Saving Crafter Discoveries in the Overworld Quest for Justice Bacca and the Riddle of the Diamond Dragon
A Tale of Friends Enemies & Minecraft A Tale of Friends Enemies & Minecon The Legend The Temple of Distruction
The Doppelganger Trilogy The Dragons Mountain Trilogy The Obsidian Chronicles The Cult Trilogy
Minecraft Short Stories Escape from the Overworld Attack on the Overworld The Quest the Tale of Hero
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Survival

Survival

Tools of NavigationWhen you’re talking survival you’re talking many different things. Can you read a map? Can you use a compass? Could you find food in the woods? How about bears…do you know how to keep one from attacking you? You live in Indiana, do you know how to keep yourself safe during tornadoes? These books will show you all the skills you need to survive all kinds of anxious situations. You can even learn how to protect yourself from piranhas…not a likely attack…but good to know!

Websites

Books

The Boys Book of Outdoor Survival The Boys Book of Surival Using Math to Survive in the Wild Alone in the Wilderness
Can You Survive in the Jungle? Defying Death in the Desert Disaster in the Mountains! Everest You Decide How to Survive
How to Survive in Antarctica Left for Dead! Survive Alive Finding Your Way Survivor Kid Wilderness Survival
True Mountain Rescue Stories True Wilderness Rescue Stories The World's Most Amazing Survival Stories

And while you’re getting your own skills up to par try some of these survival stories that put characters to the test.  Put yourself in their place. Could YOU do it? For me…dangling from rock outcroppings, dodging poisonous lizards, eating spiders…no! Living in the Swiss Family Robinson treehouse…yes!

Alabama Moon Call it Courage The Girl Who Owned a City The Cay
Hatchet Holes Island of the Blue Dolphins Julie of the Wolves
My Side of the Mountain Poppy Robinson Crusoe Sign of the Beaver
Marooned Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World The Swiss Family Robinson True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
A Girl Named Disaster A Long Walk to Water Night of the Howling Dogs Small as an Elephant

More Books about Survival

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