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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!

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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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Staff Pick: My Side of the Mountain

Staff Pick: My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

“I picked MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN in honor of the author, Jean Craighead George, who passed away recently at the age of 92. This is the story of Sam Gribley, one of eleven children, who is tired of living with his large family. He decides to live on his own in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York for a year. He finds a hollowed out tree and makes it his home. His only company is a falcon and a weasel. It is a great story of Sam’s courage and his struggle to survive. This is the first in a trilogy that includes On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful’s Mountain.”

Recommended by Karen Perry, Franklin Road Library

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Staff Pick: The Only Ones

Staff Pick: The Only Ones

The Only OnesAfter setting off from the island where he has been leading a solitary existence, thirteen-year-old Martin discovers a village with other children who have been living similarly without any adults, since the grown-ups have all been spirited away. Author: Aaron Starmer

“Martin lives on a lonely island with his eccentric father, who insists on staying apart from society to work on his “machine”.  Martin has very little contact with other people, not even with the summer visitors to the island, knowing about the rest of the world only from books.

One day Martin’s father goes off to get the last part for the machine and never returns.   When the summer people don’t return either, Martin rows to the mainland and discovers that everyone in the world has disappeared, except for about 30 children.  These children from all over the United States have mysteriously found their way to a town they have named Xibalba.  There they build a small attempt at community while trying to figure out where everyone went.   Things get much stranger after Martin arrives.
This is a tense, gripping novel, in the tradition of other child-centered societies like Lord of the Flies and Ender’s Game, flavored by a Stephen King-like eeriness, but with original characters and twists.   Questions are answered by the end, but not in ways that readers will predict.   5th-8th grade level.”

Recommended by: Steve Bridge, Irvington Library

More Staff Picks

If you like Martin’s story and thinking about what it might be like to be in a situation where the kids are in charge, try one of these::
The Girl Who Owned a City The True Meaning of Smekday Found Lost & Found
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Staff Pick: Hooper Finds a Family: a Hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale

Staff Pick: Hooper Finds a Family: a Hurricane Katrina Dog’s Survival Tale

Hooper Finds a Family

Hi, I’m Hooper a yellow Labrador puppy.  I lived with my family in Louisiana before I got lost during Hurricane Katrina. My life before Katrina was the best.  After Katrina I was scared and tired and hungry until someone rescued me.  Now I live in New York City with a new family.  Will I like my new family?  Will I be happy living in a big city?  Read my story and find out. Author: Jane Paley

By: Jackie Hill – Franklin Road Library

More Staff Picks

Here are some more books that tell more Hurricane Katrina stories:
Ninth Ward A Storm Called Katrina A Place Where Hurricanes Happen Saint Louis Armstrong Beach
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Heart of a Samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro

Heart of a Samurai: based on the true story of Nakahama Manjiro

Heart of a Samurai

Manjiro is only 14 years old when he takes a job on a Japanese fishing boat to help support his family. A big storm shipwrecks the fisherman on a deserted island for several months. When they are finally rescued by an American whaling boat they are almost starved to death.

The year is 1841 and as strange as this may seem to us, the country of Japan had a really isolationish view of the world back then. That means that they just wanted to be left alone. They did not want any influences from outside their own country. What this means for Manjiro and the other fisherman is that they cannot return to Japan even though the American whaling ship can easily take them there. If the men return to Japan they could be put in jail…or killed. I know, it sounds really odd to us now but that’s the way it was back then.

So, the American ship takes the fishermen to Hawaii instead. The ship’s captain takes Manjiro under his wing and offers to take him on to America as his adopted son. Manjiro accepts this offer and becomes what is thought to be the first Japanese person to set foot in America. I love this part of the book because it is so different. This Japanese boy goes to school and learns to run a farm in 1840s America.

After Manjiro finishes his education and after he sails around the world, Manjiro decides to return to Japan 1. because he wants to see his mother and 2. because he wants to show that the outside world is not dangerous. He does this even though he knows he might be killed. What happens next in his life sounds like something made up in a movie…or a book…but this times it’s TRUE. Manjiro was a real person and the unbelievable things in this books really did happen. Manjiro left Japan as a poor boy with no future. He returns and Japan is never the same again. Author: Margi Preus Newbery Honor Book 2010

Shipwrecked and Manjiro are both biographies about the real Manjiro – yes, he was real. The discipline, secrecy and skill of samurai is very mysterious – and interesting. The next two are about samurai training. If you liked the survival part of Manjiro’s story try the next four – all about survival at sea.
Shipwrecked Manjiro Young Samurai The Way of the Sword The Japanese Samurai
Escape by Sea Shen of the Sea The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Robinson Crusoe
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