I recently had a 7th grader request some good survival themed books. He already read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and enjoyed that type of ‘use your knowledge’ to survive themed book.
I had to do a little digging, using databases such as NoveList and booklists from CCBC & Books for Boys. After some searching, I was able to find some great tween survival books with protagonists aged 9-13. Each of these titles links out to a review of the book located on either a book list site or a newspaper book review.
Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy by Rhoda Blumberg. (9 year old protagonist Manjiro Nakahama).
Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen: (13 year old protagonist Brian Robeson)
A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer (11 year old protagonist Nhamo)
Survival Themed Booklist Sites:
Books for Boys. http://www.booksforboys.com/page8.htm
Survival Fiction. http://www.fcps.edu/FranklinMS/research/surv.htm
Older Tween Survival Books:
Library Booklists. http://librarybooklists.org/fiction/ya/yageneral.htm#yadv
YA Survival/Adventure Stories. http://www.novilibrary.org/images/pdf_files/teen/YA%20Survival%20&%20Adventure%20Stories.pdf