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Grades 6-8: Survival Stories

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The Disaster Days by Rebecca Behrens
J BEHRENS
Hannah is babysitting her neighbors Zoe and Oscar on a small, isolated island when a 9.0 earthquake hits. With the internet and phone lines down, there is no way to contact help. The situation continues to worsen, getting more and more deadly as Hannah must contend with dwindling supplies, injuries, and the volatile natural surroundings impacting them.
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
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This graphic novel tells the story of Ernest Shackleton’s astounding and hazardous expedition to Antarctica in the early 1900s.
24 Hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling
J BOWLING
While searching for gold rumored to be hidden in the Dead Frenchman Mine, Gus and several classmates are caught in a cave collapse. If you want an action packed story, complete with dirt bike racing, a hungry mountain lion, a stampede of giant pigs, bat poop, and more – this is the book for you.
Forgotten City by Michael Ford
SF J FORD
In a post-apocalyptic world, Kobi sets out to find his missing father. Instead he disocvers a group of survivors, with whom he faces a wilderness of carnivorous plants and mutated animals, only to uncover a conspiracy that is deadlier than even the wilderness itself.
Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of “The Children’s Ship” by Deborah Heiligman
HISTORY MILITARY WW2 JNF HEI
Harrowing stories of passengers’ struggle to survive after their ship is torpedoed during a storm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
J HIRANANDANI
Due to religious intolerance, Nisha, her father, grandmother, and twin brother Amil must contend with the threats of dehydration, starvation, and violence as they travel by foot hundreds of miles across Pakistan to reach India.
Refraction by Naomi Hughes
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Black market dealer Marty Callahan is forced out of the last safe haven and must team up with the boy who was responsible for his banishment in order to survive a deadly landscape of fog, fear, and monsters.
Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
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A dogsled racer, her dogs, and an injured snowmobiler struggle to survive while lost in the harsh Alaskan wilderness.
Survivors: Extraordinary Tales from the World and Beyond by David Long
OVERSIZE LIFE JNF LON
This book is a collection of remarkable, true stories of surviving treacherous accidents and brutal wilderness.
Zane and the Hurricane by Rodman Philbrick
J PHILBRICK
While visiting his great-grandmother in Louisiana, Zane finds himself in the middle of Hurricane Katrina. Zane and his companions are faced with rising flood waters and a city descending into chaos as everyone fights for survival.
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Expert Advice for Extreme Situations by Joshua Piven
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Your handy guide on how to navigate a myriad of dangers, including quicksand, crocodiles, plane disasters, extreme injuries, murderous clowns, and so much more.
No Summit Out of Sight: The True Story of the Youngest Person to Climb the Seven Summits by Jordan Romero
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In this memoir, Jordan shares what it is like to climb the highest mountains in the world, a feat he accomplished before the age of sixteen.
The Seismic Seven by Katie Slivensky
J SLIVENSKY
Brianna Dobson has just joined a prestigious geology summer program at Yellowstone National Park when she learns that a supervolcano is about to erupt, which would jeopardize all life on earth. It is up to Brianna and her new friends to stop the eruption and save the world.
Big Game by Dan Smith
J SMITH
Oskari is out hunting on his own (a tradition in his community when boys turn thirteen) when he comes across the president of the United States, whose plane has just been shot out of the sky. Oskari must help the president trek through the wilderness and evade capture by the people hunting him.