Tween Books About Survival

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)

Alabama Moon by Watt Key (10 year old protagonist Moon Blake)
Raptor by Paul Zindel (Teenage protagonist Zack)

Survival Themed Booklist Sites:


Books for Boys.

Survival Fiction.

Older Tween Survival Books:

Library Booklists.


YA Survival/Adventure Stories.


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