Adventure and Survival Books for
Listed below are books for young adults with adventure and survival
themes. While most are realistic, a few fantasy books have been included.
These books vary in the difficulty of both the text and the content. Not all
books are appropriate for all readers. (Annotations from Library of
Avi. Crispin: The Cross of Lead. Falsely accused of theft and murder, an
orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets
a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Farmer, Nancy. A Girl Named Disaster. While fleeing from Mozambique to
Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona
girl, struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to
the luminous world of the African spirits.
Farmer, Nancy. The Sea of Trolls. After Jack becomes apprenticed to a Druid
bard, he and his little sister Lucy are captured by Viking Berserkers and taken to
the home of King Ivar the Boneless and his half-troll queen, leading Jack to
undertake a vital quest to Jotunheim, home of the trolls.
Hobbs, Will. The Maze. Rick, a fourteen-year-old foster child, escapes from a
juvenile detention facility near Las Vegas and travels to Canyonlands National
Park in Utah where he meets a bird biologist working on a project to reintroduce
condors to the wild.
Jansen, Hanna. Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You. Jeanne and her
family, who are Tutsis living in Rwanda during a time of civil war, flee their home
in hopes of evading Hutu soldiers as political events threaten to overtake them.
Key, Watt. Alabama Moon. After the death of his father, ten-year-old Moon
leaves their forest shelter home and is sent to an Alabama institution, becoming
entangled in the outside world he has never known and making good friends, a
relentless enemy, and finally a new life.
Martel, Yann. The Life of Pi.
Matthews, L.S. Fish. As fighting closes in on the village where Tiger's parents
have been working, the t