Manchester, Connecticut

Adventure and Survival

Picture Books (JJ)

  • Long, Melinda.  How I Became a Pirate. (JJ Long)
    • hen Braid Beard's pirate crew invites Jeremy Jacob to join their voyage, he jumps right on board. Buried treasure, sea chanteys, pirate talk--who wouldn't go along? Soon Jeremy Jacob knows all about being a pirate. He throws his food across the table and his manners to the wind. He hollers like thunder and laughs off bedtime. It's the heave-ho, blow-the-man-down, very best time of his life. Until he finds out what pirates don't do--no reading bedtime stories, no tucking kids in. . . . Maybe being a pirate isn't so great after all.
  • Stevenson, James.  Could be Worse.  (JJ Stevenson)
    • Unexcitable Gramps surprises everyone with a whopping tale of derring-do that proves there's life in the old boy yet.
  • Teague, Mark.  The Secret Shortcut. (JJ Teague)
    • Wendell and Floyd can't seem to get to school on time. Wendell discovers a shortcut so secret that only he knows about it. Soon, both boys are lost in a wild jungle full of quicksand, monkeys, and crocodiles. Who would have thought that getting to school could be such an adventure.
  • Rosen, Michael.  We're Going on a Bear Hunt.  (JJ Rosen)
    • Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
Beginning Readers (JJE)
  • Antle, Nancy.  Sam's Wild West Show.  (JJE Antle)
    • Sam and his Wild West Show entertain the townsfolk and catch two bank robbers before moving on to the next town.
Easy Chapter Books (JE)
  • Osborne, Mary Pope.  Magic Tree House. (JE (Osborne)
    • Travel through time and space with Jack and Annie as the pursue adventures from the Amazon to Camelot.
  • Kramer, S.A.  To the Top: Climbing the World's Highest Mountain.  (J796.5 Kramer)
    • Describes how Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first human begins to reach the top of the world by climbing Mount Everest.
Junior Fiction
  • Avi.  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.  (J Avi)
    • As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew.
  • Clements, Andrew.  A Week in the Woods.  (J Clements)
    • Mark didn't want to move to New hampshire, or have Mr. Maxwell as his teacher, but when his fifth grade class heads to the woods for the traditonal week of camping, Marks survival skills are tested to the utmost as well as his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.
  • Fardell, John.  The 7 Professors of the Far North.  (J Fardell)
    • Eleven-year-old Sam finds himself involved in a dangerous adventure when he and his new friends, brother and sister Ben and Zara, set off for the Arctic to try and rescue the siblings' great-uncle and five other professors from the mad scientist holding them prisoner. Sequel: Flight of the Silver Turtle.
  • Fendler, Don.  Lost on a Mountain in Maine.  (JCD Book  Fendler)
    • A twelve-year-old relates the true story of his nine-day struggle to survive in the Maine wilderness after being separated from his companions.
  • Frederick, Heather. Voyage of Patience Goodspeed. (J Frederick)
    • Following their mother's death in Nantucket, Captain Goodspeed brings twelve-year-old Patience and six-year-old Tad aboard his whaling ship, where a new crew member incites a mutiny and Patience puts her mathematical ability to good use.
  • George, Jean Craighead. Julie of the Wolves. (J George)
    • 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.
  • George, Jean Craighead. My Side of the Mountain.  (J George)
    • 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, and his animal friends.
  • Kehret, Peg.  Escaping the Giant Wave.  (J Kehret)
    • When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.
  • London, Jack. To Build a Fire.  (J London)
    • A tale of survival as a tenderfoot attempts to hike through the Yukon snows with his dog
      in order to reach a mining claim.
  • London, Jack.  White Fang.  (J London)
    • The adventures in the northern wilderness of a dog who is part wolf and who eventually makes his peace with man.
  • Morpurgo, Michael.  Kensuke's Kingdom. (J Morpurgo)
    • When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not alone.
  • Naylor, Phyllis. The Grand Escape.  (J Naylor)
    • The story of two indoor cats' adventures after they make a break for freedom.
  • Springer, Nancy.  Rowan Hood, Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest.  (J Springer)
    • 13-year old Rowan and her half-wolf, half-dog companion adventure
      in Sherwood Forest.
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis.  Kidnapped.  (J Stevenson)
    • 17-year old David Balfour  is kidnapped by pirates and escapes to the Scottish highlands.
  • Stewart, Trenton Lee.  The Mysterious Benedict Society.  (J Stewart)
    • After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected to go on a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Insitute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Other books in the series are: The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma.
  • Taylor, Theodore.  The Cay.  (J Taylor)
    • When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.
  • Turner, Megan. The Thief.  (J Turner)
    • Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone.
  • Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  (JCD Book Twain)
    • The quintessential coming-of-age adventure with young Tom on the banks of the great
      Mississippi River.
  • Wyss, Johann.  The Swiss Family Robinson. (J Wyss)
    • This intrepid family survives a shipwreck and makes their home on an island.