For this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Call of the Wild by Jack London.
The adventures of an unusual dog, forcibly taken to the Klondike gold field, where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
Originally published in 1903, this classic was quickly adapted into a movie in 1923, and has been adapted into a movie several other times since then. This classic is for readers who enjoy more tense drama, it is not a standard happy animal story.
You can find The Call of the Wild in the Juvenile Fiction section at J LONDON.
Ebo is alone. His brother, Kwame, has disappeared, and Ebo knows it can only be to attempt the hazardous journey to Europe, and a better life, the same journey their sister set out on months ago. But Ebo refuses to be left behind in Ghana. He sets out after Kwame and joins him on the quest to reach Europe. Ebo’s epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his family.
As the author notes although Illegal is a work of fiction all of the different portions of it are true, and events similar to what happen to Ebo happen to children, teens, and adults each day. This graphic novel is a compassionate look at the plight of refugees and immigrants. Readers will gain empathy for Ebo as the novel does not shy away from the terrible events that happen to him but his positive outlook lessens the overwhelming nature of the tragedies. The graphic novel would be an excellent teaching tool- to combine with history lessons or current events. Readers who enjoy graphic novel memoirs or graphic novel nonfiction such as Spinning by Walden or March by Lewis should check out this book.
You can find Illegal by Eoin Colfer in the Juvenile Graphic Novel section at J GRAPHIC COLFER.
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
First published in 1959, this classic tale of survival and adventure was a Newbery honor book in 1960. The sequel to this book, On the Far Side of the Mountain was published many years later in 1990. This classic is perfect for reader’s who enjoy survival stories like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
You can find My Side of the Mountain in the Juvenile Fiction section at J GEORGE.
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
Originally published in 1960, this classic novel was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1961. This book has also been a part of the Battle of the Books program at the Bartlett Public Library. This story of survival and resiliency is great for late elementary school readers who enjoyed books such as Hatchet by Gary Paulsen or Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J ODELL.
While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
This classic novel was originally published in 1972, and was followed by two sequels Julie (in 1994) and Julie’s Wolf Pack (in 1997). The book was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1973. This book is for readers who enjoy adventure and survival stories as Julie (who prefers her Eskimo name Miyax) struggles to learn how to survive on the tundra by learning more about the wolf pack.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J GEORGE.
Did you know that the Disney movie “Homeward Bound” is based on the book “The Incredible Journey” by Sheila Every Burnford? It is the story about two dogs and a cat that start on a journey to return to their family. The three house pets experience hunger, wild forest animals and the natural elements while on their way home. Read the book, watch the movie and then let us know which one you liked better.
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.
First published in 1987, this book has made countless school reading lists and was an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book in 1988. You can’t look away from this book as Brian struggles to survive on his own. This is a gripping adventure story, and is most suitable for those older children who have moved past the I Survived series by Tarshis.
You can find Hatchet in the Juvenile Fiction section at J PAULSEN.
Professor Aronnax and his two companions, trapped aboard a fantastic submarine as prisoners of the deranged Captain Nemo, come face to face with exotic ocean creatures and strange sights hidden from the world above.
This classic book by Jules Verne was published in 1869, and like many of our Throwback Thursday classics it has been adapted into a movie. This book can get a little wordy but for anyone who enjoys serious science-fiction this classic is not to be missed!
You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J VERNE.
Today I recommend: The Explorer by Katherine Rundell.
Left stranded in the Amazon jungle when their plane crashes on their way back to England from Manaus, Brazil, four children struggle to survive for days until one of them finds a map that leads them to a ruined city and a secret hidden among the vines.
This is a good book for kids craving a little adventure. It is fast-paced and I was hooked from the first few pages when the pilot passes away right at the controls of the plane. There are loads of descriptions of the kids getting creative to find food in the jungle (grub pancakes anyone?) and an adorable animal sidekick in the form of a sloth that they adopt. This is historical fiction but the closest read-alike would be Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J RUNDELL.
I recommend reading “Wild Robot” by Peter Brown. Roz is a robot and finds that she is stranded on an island. She needs to take the next best step to survive and slowly makes friends with the animals that live there. Find out what happens when nature and technology meet!