Survival Stories
  Contributed by Rachael Klein

Photo copyright Kevin Maxwell

George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves. New York: Harper & Row, 1972 - Thirteen-year-old Julie has run away from her husband and is on her way to San Francisco, where her pen pal lives. But before long she becomes lost on the Alaskan tundra with no food and few supplies. She must learn to survive on her own with the help of a wolf pack.

O'Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins. New York: Dell Publishing, 1960 - Karana, an Indian girl, has been left by her tribe on a Pacific island. While she waits for her tribe to return for her, she must fend for herself by building a shelter, find food, and protect herself from her natural enemies, the wild dogs.

Paulsen, Gary. Brian's Winter. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1996 - In this sequel to Paulsen's Hatchet, Brian Robeson must survive the brutal Canadian winter in the wilderness that he has made his home. Now that the weather is changing Brian faces new challenges of survival.

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. New York: Bradbury Press, 1987 - Thirteen year old Brian Robeson is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. After a few days of waiting for a rescue Brian must decide how to survive on his own. With his only possessions the clothes on his back and a hatchet even simple things like starting a fire have become a major task.

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