Desert Isles: Romance and Danger

William Steig

Castaway 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 to his home.

Grace Tiffany

Ariel is beautiful and magical, a creator of dreams and of mischief. Sprung from the mind of a dazed sailor shipwrecked in the Bermuda Triangle, she rules half of her enchanted isle, dreaming of the savior from the east who will help her conquer all.

Tom Hanks

Chuck Noland, a FedEx systems engineer, finds his ruled-by-the-clock existence ended when a harrowing plane crash leaves him isolated on a remote island. As Chuck struggles to survive, he finds that his own personal journey has only just begun.
Available on both DVD and VHS. Rated PG-13.

Marly Youmans
It is early May 1678 when Catherwood and her one-year-old daughter, Elisabeth, get lost in the woods of the New World. Catherwood has recently immigrated from England with her husband, and they have settled near Albany, New York. Now a moment's inattention on a spring day has turned a short visit to the closest neighbors into a long sojourn in the wilderness. As summer comes, Catherwood travels through a landscape which is as harsh and unforgiving as it is majestic and lush. With the winter months quickly closing in, she searches frantically through the sparsely populated terrain for signs of human habitation as she and her child struggle to stay alive.
Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr
A nun and a Marine sergeant, stranded on a Pacific island in 1944, hide out from the invading Japanese.
Not rated.
Jane Mendelsohn
"Amelia Earhart tells us what happened after she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, disappeared off the coast of New Guinea one glorious, windy day in 1937. And she tells us about herself.

"There is her love affair with flying ('The sky is flesh') . . . .

"There are her memories of the past: her childhood desire to become a heroine ('Heroines did what they wanted') . . . her marriage to G.P. Putnam, who promoted her to fame, but was willing to gamble her life so that the book she was writing about her round-the-world flight would sell out before Christmas.

There is the flight itself -- day after magnificent or perilous or exhilarating or terrifying day ('Noonan once said any fool could have seen I was risking my life but not living it').

And there is, miraculously, an island ('We named it Heaven, as a kind of joke').

And, most important, there is Noonan . . ."

Michael Morpurgo
When Michael's parents lose their jobs, they buy a boat and decide to sail around the world with their son and their beloved dog. It's an ideal trip - until Michael is swept overboard. He's washed up on an island, where he struggles to survive. Then he discovers that he's not alone. His fellow-castaway, Kensuke, keeps his distance at first. But when Michael's life is threatened, he slowly lets the boy into his world.
William Golding

Chilling examination of what happens to “civilization” after a group of English schoolboys survive a plane crash on a deserted island. The library owns this in book, audio and video formats.

Paul Theroux

Rebelling against the horrors of modern American existence, a father moves his family to the remote jungle of Honduras to make a better life. Things start to go wrong, and the father, unable to admit he is wrong or that he might need help, brings tragedy upon his family.
Also available as a downloadable audio book and as a film, starring Harrison Ford.

Jean Craighead George

Sam Gribley runs away to live alone in the Catskill Mountains. Having brought only the barest of necessities, he must depend on luck and help from animal friends to survive. The adventures continue in On the Far Side of the Mountain and Frightful's Mountain.
My Side of the Mountain is also available on audio and video.

Daniel Defoe

The subtitle tells it all: the life and strange surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, mariner: who lived eight and twenty years all alone in an uninhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river of Orinoco; having been cast on shore by shipwreck, wherein all the men perished but himself. With an account how he was at last strangely delivered by pirates.  Based on a true story.

Gordon Korman

Luke, J.J. Will, Lyssa, Charla, and Ian. They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They didn't want to be stuck at sea with a bunch of strangers. But when you're in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, there's no easy way out. And when a terrifying storm hits, there's no way to fully prepare. It's all about survival.
Also available on audio. First of a trilogy.

Harrison Ford and Anne Heche

Robin Monroe, a New York magazine editor, and the gruff pilot Quinn Harris must put aside their mutual dislike if they are to survive after crash landing on a deserted South Seas island.
Also available on DVD.  Rated PG-13.

Johann Wyss

After a raging storm, a family is shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island. Follow their exciting adventures as they build a fabulous house in a tree, tame island animals, create complicated irrigation systems and much more!

Also available on audio.

Walter Farley

Shipwrecked on an island, young Alec Ramsay and a dangerous stallion must rely on each other to survive. Once rescued and back in New York, Alec, with the help of a retired trainer, try to get the half-wild horse ready to compete on the track.

Also available as an award-winning video.

James Stevenson
During a family vacation, Hubie the mouse falls out of a dirigible and is stranded on a tropical island, where a very inventive fellow castaway, Leo, helps him overcome his fears.
Theodore Taylor

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curacao. War has always been a game to him, and he's eager to glimpse it firsthand--until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed. When Phillip comes to, he is on a small raft in the middle of the sea. Besides Stew Cat, his only companion is an old West Indian, Timothy. Phillip remembers his mother's warning about black people: "They are different, and they live differently." But by the time the castaways arrive on a small island, Phillip's head injury has made him blind and dependent on Timothy.
Also available on audio. Timothy of the Cay is the sequel.

George Gaylord Simpson
In this science fiction tale, Sam Magruder, a quantum physicist, accidentally ends up stranded in the late Cretaceous. With no way back, he decides to record his observations of dinosaurs as he struggles against his despair and loneliness.
H.G. Wells

Adrift in a dinghy, Edward Prendick, the single survivor from the good ship Lady Vain, is rescued by a vessel carrying an unusual cargo—a menagerie of savage animals. Nursed to recovery by their keeper Montgomery, who gives him dark medicine that tastes of blood, Prendick soon finds himself stranded upon an uncharted island in the Pacific with his rescuer and the beasts. There, he meets the sinister Dr. Moreau—a brilliant scientist whose notorious experiments in vivisection have caused him to abandon the civilized world. It soon becomes clear that he has continued to develop these experiments with truly horrific results.

Scott O'Dell

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.

William Shakespeare
Prospero, the Duke of Milan, has been banished from his own kingdom to a remote island with his daughter. After many years, chance and a magical tempest bring the malefactors to the island where Prospero plans to avenge all wrongs.