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Compass South by Hope Larson
GRAPHIC J FOUR
After escaping the Black Hook Gang in 1860 New York City, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra flee to New Orleans, become separated, and try to find each other in San Francisco, while being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure.
The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens
J BEHRENS
Thirteen-year-old Hannah's first real babysitting job turns into a nightmare when a major earthquake knocks out power and phones, cuts off the island, and leaves her stranded with two children.
Wilder Boys by Brandon Wallace
J WALLACE
To evade their mother's abusive boyfriend, brothers Jake, thirteen, and Taylor, eleven, venture from the suburbs of Pittsburgh toward the wilds of Wyoming in search of the father they have not seen in four years, using their wilderness skills to survive against both natural and human dangers. Includes wilderness tips.
Blood Mountain by James Preller
J PRELLER
Thirteen-year-old Grace and her eleven-year-old brother Carter are watched by a mountain man when they get lost during a strenuous hike on Blood Mountain.
A World Below by Wesley King
J KING
Mr. Baker's eighth grade class thought they were in for a normal field trip to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, but their journey takes a terrifying turn when an earthquake hits and the students are plunged into a frigid underground lake, forcing them to fight for survival and find their way back above ground.
Storm Blown by Nick Courage
J COURAGE
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alejandro worries about his great-uncle while helping guests at a resort, and in New Orleans, Emily worries about her sick brother, as a major hurricane rages, changing both their lives forever.
Wonder at the Edge of the World by Nicole Lea Helget
HIST J HELGET
Lu Wonder, a bright, curious girl who hopes to be a scientist, sets out from her Kansas home in 1855 with her best friend Eustace, a slave, on a journey to Antarctica to protect a mysterious artifact and hide it from the man responsible for her father's death.
A Cave in the Clouds: a young woman's escape from ISIS by Badeeah Hassan Ahmed
BIOGRAPHY TEEN AHMED
Recounts the author's harrowing experiences as a survivor of the 2014 genocide of the Ezidi minority culture by ISIS, describing how she was among hundreds enslaved within a brutal human trafficking network.
Photographic: the life of Graciela Iturbide by Isabel Quintero
BIOGRAPHY GRAPHIC TEEN ITURBIDE
A blending of photographs and illustrations trace the life and work of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide, who embarked on a journey across Mexico and the world.
The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner
TEEN GESSNER
McKenna and her best friend planned for over a year to defer their freshman year of college to hike the Appalachian Trail all the way from Maine to Georgia, so when her friend backs out McKenna embarks alone on a physical and emotional journey that will change her life forever.
Safekeeping by Karen Hesse
TEEN HESSE
When Radley returns to the United States after volunteering abroad, she comes back to a country under military rule with strict travel restrictions, and she must find her way back to her Vermont home through the New England woods.
I Am Still Alive by Kate Alice Marshall
TEEN MARSHALL
Stranded in the woods with few supplies and survival skills, a disabled girl and her dog fervently prepare for the coming winter while evaluating how her mother's death, a dysfunctional foster-care system and her survivalist father led to her predicament.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
SF TEEN ADEYEMI
Coming of age in a land where her magi mother was killed by the zealous king's guards along with other former wielders of magic, Zelie embarks on a journey alongside her brother and a fugitive princess to restore her people's magical abilities.
Fourth Dimension by Eric Walters
SF TEEN WALTERS
While preparing for a long weekend camping with her mother and brother, Emma becomes concerned when a series of power outages escalate to a massive blackout that halts travel and communication.
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan
SF TEEN PAN
After her mother's suicide, grief-stricken Leigh Sanders travels to Taiwan to stay with grandparents she never met, determined to find her mother who she believes turned into a bird.
The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara
HIST TEEN MCNAMARA
Fleeing a life of limited prospects, Mary disguises herself as a boy on board a merchant's ship before joining a band of women pirates and embarking on a life of freedom and forbidden romance.
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
SF TEEN DAO
Beautiful eighteen-year-old Xifeng, raised by a cruel aunt who says the stars destine her to be Empress of Feng Lu, chooses to spurn the man who loves her and exploit the dark magic that can make her dream real.
Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen
TEEN VAN DRAANEN
In her most incisive and insightful book yet, Wendelin Van Draanen, award-winning author of The Running Dream and Flipped, offers a remarkable portrait of a girl who has hit rock bottom, but begins a climb back to herself at a wilderness survival camp in the desert.
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
HIST TEEN SEPETYS
As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war's final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.
Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson
TEEN FERAL
Left alone in the wilderness for a three-day test, a group of diverse teens use outdoor skills to help each other survive, in a multifaceted story inspired by The Canterbury Tales and told through the contributions of such authors as Suzanne Young, Robin Talley and Brandy Colbert.