Survival

Pirates of Crocodile Swamp

By Jim Arnoksy

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Kidnapped by their father, two boys escape into the mangrove swamps of Key Largo, Florida, where they learn to live on their own among the wildlife. J Fic Arn
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Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O'Dell

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Left along 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. J Fic Ode
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Julie of the Wolves

By Jean Craighead George

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While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen year old Eskimo girl becomes lost of the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. J Fic Geo
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Hatchet

By Gary Paulsen

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After a plane crashes, 13 year old Brian spends 54 days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. YA Fic Pau
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Unwind

By Neal Shusterman

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In a society where abortion is illegal, parents can unwind their children by donating their body parts to those in need. Challenging assumptions about life and death, this breakneck thriller invites readers to wrestle with important questions. 

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The Compound

By S.A. Bodeen

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After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all. 

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My Side of the Mountain

By Jean Craighead George

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Sam Gribley runs away from home to spend a winter in the mountains, where he makes his home in a hollow oak, trains a hawk to hunt, and decides whether to rejoin the his family and community.

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