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Can You Survive an Asteroid Strike? by Matt Doeden
The reader's choices determine if survival is possible when a huge rock hurdles through space on a collision course with Earth.
Flood by  Joseph Monninger
A group of children must learn how to survive when their town is flooded and the electrical power goes out after a bad storm.
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Stay Alive
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce
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Brian's saga
Nazi Prison Camp Escape by Michael Burgan
The epic story of William Ash and the escape from Stalag Luft III German POW camp during World War II
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Great Escapes
Overboard! by  Terry Lynn Johnson
"Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the Pacific off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips."
Rescue On the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner
Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog except for the squirrels--but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.
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Ranger In Time
Sarah Journey's West by  Nikki S. Smith
In 1851 twelve-year-old Sarah is a free Black, happy living with her parents, grandparents, and brother on their own farm in Iowa; but her father has been bitten by the gold bug and wants to take the trail west to California, and after some argument it is decided that the grandparents will stay on the farm, but the rest of the family will go; the journey will be difficult and dangerous, but if they survive extreme weather, difficult terrain, illness, and the racism of others in the group there may be a better life waiting for them at the end of the trail. Includes nonfiction material on the Oregon Trail, a glossary, discussion questions, and writing prompts.
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Girls Survive
Shipwreck Island by S.A. Bodeen
After Sarah's dad remarries, he and her stepmom decide to take the whole family on a special vacation in order to break the ice and have everyone get to know one another. They'll fly to Tahiti, charter a boat, and go sailing for a few days. It'll be an adventure, right? Wrong. Dead wrong.
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Shipwreck Island
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
A boy named Mark, tired of being sick with cancer, conceives a plan to climb Mount Rainier, and runs away from home with his dog, Beau--but with over two hundred miles between him and his goal, and only anger at his situation to drive him on nothing will be easy, and only his best friend, Jessie, suspects where he is heading.
The Stone Warriors by Michael Northrup
Twelve-year-olds Alex and Renata are on the run from the Order, which is on the brink of creating an army of indestructible stone warriors to carry out their evil schemes, and only the Lost Spells which his mother used to bring Alex back to life can stop them--and undoing the powerful magic that created the chaos that is now loose in Egypt might very well kill him.
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The Titanic by  Katrina Charman
A stowaway dog and the captain's cat forge an unlikely friendship as they race to protect three kittens, help their humans, and survive the sinking of the Titanic.
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Survival Tails
Updated 08/13/2020