Adventure
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  • A Light In The Forest by Conrad Richter
  • A Walk In The Woods
  • Adrift : seventy-six days lost at sea. Callahan, Steven. Steven Callahan set sail in his small sloop from the Canary Islands bound for the Caribbean, but ends up drifting for seventy-six days over eighteen hundred miles of ocean before he reached land and rescue.
  • Alive by Piers Paul Read. A soccer team crashes in the Andes and must overcome humanity's greatest taboo - cannibalism - in order to survive.
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • Banner In The Sky by James Ramsey Ullman
  • Beardance by Will Hobbs
  • Beyond The Western Sea: Book One: The Escape From Home by Avi
  • Big Wander
  • Cousins In The Castle by Barbara Brooks Wallace
  • Dances With Marmots. Account of a 2650 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada that looks at the US and its wilderness through the eyes of a New Zealander.
  • David Balfour: Being Memoirs Of The Further Adventures Of David Balfour
  • Deathwatch by Robb White
  • Down River
  • Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp
  • Far North
  • Flight of Passage Rinker Buck. In this true coming-of-age adventure, two teenage brothers pilot a Piper Cub from New York to San Diego.
  • Ghost Canoe
  • Guts by Gary Paulsen. Paulsen offers this collection of wilderness survival/hunting essays that concentrates on drawing parallels between his own life and the fictional adventures and misadventures of Brian Robeson in Hatchet and its sequels.
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • Home and Abroad
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. The dramatic story of Chris McCandless, a young man who embarked on a solo journey into the wilds of Alaska and whose body was discovered four months later, explores the fascinating allure that the wilderness has for the American imagination.
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. The author of Into the Wild describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, an expedition that ended in disaster, claiming the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived, in a definitive, firsthand account of the tragedy.
  • Isaac's Storm : a Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson. On September 8, 1900, a massive hurricane slammed into Galveston, Texas. By the time the water and winds subsided, entire streets had disappeared and as many as 10,000 were dead--making this the worst natural disaster in America's history.
  • Kokopelli's Flute by Will Hobbs
  • Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi. Tania Aebe was an eighteen-year-old dropout going nowhere until her father offered her a challenge. He would offer her either a college education or a twenty-six-foot sloop in which she had to sail around the world alone. She chose the boat and for two years she negotiated weather, illness, fear, and ultimately, a spiritual quest.
  • Mariel Of Redwall by Brian Jacques
  • Perilous Journey of the Donner Party by Marian Calabro. Uses materials from letters and diaries written by survivors of the Donner Party to relate the experiences of that ill-fated group as they endured horrific circumstances on their way to California in 1846-47.
  • Red Midnight by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Slake's Limbo by Felice Holman
  • The Smugglers by Iain Lawrence
  • Sparrow Hawk Red
  • The Call Of The Wild by Jack London
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander. Drawing on previously unavailable sources, this riveting account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 expedition to Antarctica presents, for the first time, 150 images by Australian photographer Frank Hurley.
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon
  • The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey by Linda Greenlaw. Linda Greenlaw is perhaps the only female ever to captain a swordfishing boat, working the waters east of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Although Linda has been fishing commercially for over 18 years, she has only recently gained notoriety for her part in The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger, in which Junger describes her as "one of the best sea captains, period, on the East Coast."
  • The Iceman
  • The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell
  • The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger. Junger describes the turn of events that led to a fisherman's boat destruction in "The Storm of the Century," including 100 foot waves and the physiology of drowning.
  • The Rescue Season : the Heroic Story of Parajumpers on the Edge of the World by Bob Drury. The story of the rescue of some stranded parajumpers, frozen and in shock on a mountain peak in Alaska, by the 210th Pararescue Squadron, a special section of the U.S. Air Force.
  • The Terrible Hours: the Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History by Peter Maas. Maas reconstructs the harrowing 39 hours between the disappearance of the submarine Squalus during a test dive off the New England coast and the eventual rescue of 33 crew members trapped in the vessel 250 feet beneath the sea.
  • The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen.
  • The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook by Joshua Piven.
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
  • The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence

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