What does it take to survive a disaster? A plane crash?
A kidnapping? Read these books and find out.
The Cure by Sonia
sixteen-year-old boy living in 2407 collides with the past when he finds
himself in Strasbourg in 1348 confronting the anti-Semitism that sweeps
through Europe during the Black Plague
Dr. Franklin’s Island
by Ann Halam
their plane crashes over the Pacific Ocean, three science students are
left stranded on a tropical island and then imprisoned by a doctor who
is performing horrifying experiments on humans involving the transfer of
Girl in a Cage
by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris
armies invade Scotland in 1306, eleven-year-old Princess Marjorie,
daughter of the newly crowned Scottish king, Robert the Bruce, is
captured by England's King Edward Longshanks and held in a cage on
A Girl Named Disaster
by Nancy Farmer
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
Hatchet by Gary
a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the
wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him
by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
Invitation to the Game
by Monica Hughes
after high school in the highly robotic society of 2154, Lisse and seven
friends resign themselves to a boring existence in their
"Designated Area" until the government invites them to play
Long Live the Queen
by Ellen Emerson White
President's daughter is a victim of kidnapping by terrorists.
from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily
fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws
courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.
Paradise: Based on a True Story of
by Joan E. Goodman
1542, eager to escape the French Huguenot household of her harsh father,
sixteen-year-old Marguerite de la Rocque sails with her equally stern
uncle, the Sieur de Roberval, to the New World, where she is left alone
on an island with only her young Catholic lover and her chaperone to
help her survive. Based on
a true story.
by Garth Nix
a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow
the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their
Tomorrow, When the War Began
by John Marsden
Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover
that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive.
Touching Spirit Bear
by Ben Mikaelsen
his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison,
agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native
American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where
an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
Wild Man Island
by Will Hobbs
fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the
wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him
on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters
unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the
earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.
The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence
after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save
his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the
English coastal town where they are stranded.
and compiled by E. Burns, 7/14/2003