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Survival Stories

Books about surviving in the wilderness have been classic reads for generations of children. I remember reading Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and more in elementary school. Here’s a list of survival stories to read if you grew up loving these tales of endurance or want to live vicariously through someone else’s harrowing adventure.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain
  • Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Hideout by Watt Key
  • A World Below by Wesley King
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  • Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr
  • Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • The Trap by John Smelcer
  • I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Memory Boy by Will Weaver
  • Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

Young Adult Fiction

  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
  • The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
  • The Goats by Brock Cole
  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
  • When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks
  • Lost in a River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
  • Switchback by Danika Stone
  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Adult Fiction

  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • Lord Grizzly by Frederick Manfred
  • The Revenant by Michael Punke
  • Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid
  • Winter World by A. G. Riddle
  • The Martian by Andy Weir


  • Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
  • Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg
  • The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Lost in the Wild by Cary J. Griffith
  • Lost in the Amazon by Stephen Kirkpatrick
  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  • The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston



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