Desert Isles: Romance and Danger

Stories of surviving on a deserted island (or alone on a mountain or lost in the wilderness) have appealed since humans began sharing stories over campfires. Library staff recommend these wonderful stories; with selections ranging from the classic castaway account, Robinson Crusoe, to the children’s tale, Abel’s Island.
We hope these books and videos will take you away for a summer of adventure.

Six Days, Seven Nights

By Harrison Ford and Anne Heche

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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.

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Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison

By Robert Mitchum and Deborah Kerr

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A nun and a Marine sergeant, stranded on a Pacific island in 1944, hide out from the invading Japanese.
Not rated.
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Cast Away

By Tom Hanks

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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.

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The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

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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.
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The Dechronization of Sam Magruder

By George Gaylord Simpson

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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.
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Shipwreck

By Gordon Korman

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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.

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Kensuke's kingdom

By Michael Morpurgo

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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.
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Ariel

By Grace Tiffany

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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.

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The Cay

By Theodore Taylor

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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.

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The Castaway

By James Stevenson

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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.
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