Chapter Books: Adventure/Survival

Brink, Carol Ryrie. Baby Island Jpb B
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.

Bunting, Eve. SOS Titanic J PB B
Fifteen-year-old Barry O'Neill, traveling from Ireland to America on the maiden voyage of the Titanic, finds his life endangered when the ship hits an iceberg and begins to sink.

Christopher, Matt. Stranded J FIC CHR
Shipwrecked with his dog on an uninhabited Caribbean Island after a hurricane that washed his parents overboard, a blind boy struggles for survival.

Clements, Andrew. A Week in the Woods J FIC CLE
The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.

Crisp, Marty. White Star: a Dog on the Titanic J FIIC CRI
Twelve-year-old Sam, a passenger on the Titanic's maiden sea voyage, volunteers to help care for the dogs in the ocean liner's kennel and becomes fast friends with the Irish setter of J. Bruce Ismay, the ship's owner.

DeFelice, Cynthia C. Weasel J FIC DEF & Jpb D
Alone in the frontier wilderness in the winter of 1839 while his father is recovering from an injury, eleven-year-old Nathan runs afoul of the renegade killer known as the weasel and makes a suprising discovery about the concept of revenge.

Defoe, Daniel. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe J FIC CRU
During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600s, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives on a deserted island for more than twenty-eight years.

Ernst, Kathleen. Hearts of Stone J FIC ERN
Orphaned when her father dies fighting for the Union and her mother expires from exhaustion, and also estranged from their Confederate neighbors, fifteen-year-old Hannah struggles to find a way for her family to survive during the Civil War in Tennessee.

Fardell, John. The Seven Professors of the Far North J FIC FAR
Sam finds himself involved in a dangerous adventure when he and his new friends, brother and sister, set off for the Arctic to try and rescue the siblings' great-uncle and five other professors from the mad scientist holding them prisoner.

Fendler, Donn. Lost on a Mountain in Maine J FIC FEN and J PB F
A twelve-year-old describes his nine-day struggles to survive after being separated from his companions in the mountains of Maine in 1939.

George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain J FIC GEO (see other Jean Craighead George books)
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.

Gutman, Dan. Getting Air  J FIC GUT
After foiling a terrorist hijacking aboard their airplane, fourteen-year-old Jimmy, his younger sister, and two skateboarding friends crash-land the plane and try to survive in a forest wilderness until help arrives.

Hart, Alison. Anna’s Blizzard J FIC HAR
Having never excelled at schoolwork, twelve-year-old Anna discovers that she may know a few things about survival when the 1888 Children's Blizzard traps her and her classmates in their Nebraska schoolhouse.

Hopkinson, Deborah. Into the Firestorm: a Novel of San Francisco, 1906 J FIC HOP
Days after arriving in San Francisco from Texas, eleven-year-old orphan Nicholas Dray tries to help his new neighbors survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the subsequent fires.

Karr, Kathleen. Worlds Apart J FIC KAR
In 1670, soon after arriving in the Carolinas with a group of colonists from England, fifteen-year-old Christopher West befriends a young Sewee Indian, Asha-po, and learns some hard lessons about survival, slavery, and friendship.

Kehret, Peg. Earthquake Terror J FIC KEH
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in 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.

Korman, Gordon. Island Book 1: Shipwreck (and others) Jpb K
Six very different children 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.

Lawrence, Iain. The Wreckers J FIC LAW (also The Cannibals)
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, 14 year old John attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

Mason, Prue. Camel Rider J FIC MAS
Two expatriates living in a Middle Eastern country, twelve-year-old Adam from Australia and Walid from Bangladesh, must rely on one another when war breaks out and they find themselves in the desert, both trying to reach the same city with no water, little food, and no common language.

Mayne, William. Low Tide J FIC MAY
A tidal wave begins an adventure for three New Zealand children.

McKernan, Victoria. Shackleton’s Stowaway J FIC MCK
This fictionalized account of Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic expedition follows steward Perce Blackborow from the time he stows away on the Endurance through his harrowing experiences in the Antarctic including the amputation of his toes.

Moeri, Louise. Save Queen of Sheba J PB M
After miraculously surviving a Sioux Indian raid on the trail to Oregon, a brother and sister set out with few provisions to find the rest of the settlers.

Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke's Kingdom J FIC MOR
When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not alone.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Roxie and the Hooligans J FIC NAY
Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.

O'Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins J FIC ODE and J PB O
Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast.

O’Dell, Scott. Sarah Bishop J PB B
Left alone after the deaths of her father and brother who take opposite sides in the War for Independence, and fleeing from the British who seek to arrest her, Sarah Bishop struggles to shape a new life for herself in the wilderness.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Adaline Falling Star J FIC OSB
Feeling abandoned by her deceased Arapaho mother and her explorer father, Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a mongrel dog for company.

Paulsen, Gary. Dogsong J FIC PAU and J PB P
A fourteen-year-old Eskimo boy who feels assailed by the modernity of his life takes a 1400-mile journey by dog sled across ice, tundra, and mountains seeking his own "song" of himself.

Paulsen, Gary. The Voyage of the Frog J PB P
When David goes out on his sailboat to scatter his recently deceased uncle's ashes to the wind, he is caught in a fierce storm and must survive many days on his own as he works out his feelings about life and his uncle

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet  J FIC PAU and J PB P
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. (See others in series: The River, Brian’s Winter, Brian’s Return, Brian’s Hunt)

Peck, Dale.  Drift House: The First Voyage J FIC PEC
Sent to stay with their uncle in a ship-like home, Susan and her two younger stepbrothers embark on an unexpected adventure involving mermaids, pirates, and an attempt to stop time forever.

Salisbury, Graham. Night of the Howling Dogs J FIC SAL
In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake strikes, followed by a tsunami.

Shaw, Janet Beeler. Kaya's Escape: a Survival Story J FIC SHA
In the fall of 1764, after Kaya and her sister are kidnapped from their Nez Percé village by enemy horse raiders, she tries to find a way to escape back home. Includes historical notes on education and learning among the Nez Percé Indians.

Skurzynski, Gloria. Lost in the Devil's Desert J PB S
Kevin finds himself alone and lost in the Utah desert, with only his wits to help him survive.

Speare, Elizabeth George. The Sign of the Beaver J FIC SPE
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.

Sperry, Armstrong. Call It Courage J FIC SPE (Newbery)
Based on a Polynesian legend, this is the story of a youth who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe.

Taylor, Theodore. The Cay J FIC TAY
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Taylor, Theordore. Ice Drift J FIC TAY
The year is 1868, and fourteen-year-old Alika and his younger brother, Sulu, are hunting for seals on an ice floe attached to their island in the Arctic. Suddenly the ice starts to shake, and they hear a loud crack--the terrible sound of the floe breaking free from land.  Two Inuit brothers must fend for themselves while stranded on an ice floe that is adrift in the Greenland Strait.

Thomas, Jane Resh. Blind Mountain J PIC THO
Unsure of himself and annoyed at having to spend a day climbing a Montana mountain with his bossy father, twelve-year-old Sam must become the guide on their perilous journey down when his carelessness temporarily blinds his father.

White, Ellen Emerson. Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady, London, England, 1912 J FIC WHI (DEAR AMERICA)
In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.

Wyss, Johann. The Swiss Family Robinson J FIC WYS
Relates the fortunes of a shipwrecked family as they imaginatively adapt to life on an island with abundant animal and plant life.

Yep, Laurence. The Earth Dragon Awakes: the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 J FIC YEP
Eight-year-old Henry and nine-year-old Chin love to read about heroes in popular "penny dreadful" novels, until they both witness real courage while trying to survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.


Blumberg, Rhoda. Shipwrecked!: The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy J 952.025 BLU

In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition J 919.89 KIM
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition, when the ship the Endurance was crushed in a frozen sea and the men made the perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

Philbrick, Nathaniel. Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex J 910 PHI
Recounts the 1820 sinking of the whaleship "Essex" by an enraged sperm whale and how the crew of young men survived against impossible odds. Based on the author's adult book "In the Heart of the Sea."

Tanaka, Shelley. On Board the Titanic: What It Was Like When the Great Liner Sank J 910.45 TAN
Seventeen-year-old Jack Thayer explores the Titanic and forms a brief friendship with another passenger before experiencing the wreck of the giant ocean liner.