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ADVENTURE & SURVIVAL

The Darkdeep

by Ally Condie

Middle-schoolers Nico, Tyler, Ella, and Opal discover a hidden island in a forbidden cove that appears uninhabited, but something ancient has awakened knowing their wishes, dreams, and darkest secrets.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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The Dungeoneers

by John David Anderson

When his gift for pickpocketing is noticed by the mysterious Finn Argos, Colm begins training to become a member of Thwodin's Legions, a strange group of warriors, mages, and hunters who search for treasure.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Freya and Zoose

by Emily Butler

Freya, a penguin, and Zoose, a mouse, become friends while stowaways on Salomon August Andrée's 1897 hot air balloon expedition to the North Pole.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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The Girl Who Sailed the Stars

by Matilda Woods

Oona, nearly eleven, has longed to sail with her sea captain father but when she stows away on his ship headed to the far North, she faces great adventure and danger.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Hide and Seek

by Kate Messner

For five hundred years the Jaguar Cup, sacred to the Silver Jaguar Society, was hidden in a cave on the coast of Costa Rica--so when a fake copy shows up on display in America, it is up to José, Anna, and Henry, junior members of the society, to travel to Costa Rica and rescue the real cup from thieves.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O'Dell

Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast when her tribe emigrated and she was left behind.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Lalaini of the Distant Sea

by Erin Entrada Kelly

Twelve-year-old Lalani Sarita takes on the impossible task of traveling to the legendary Mount Isa, towering on an island to the north. Generations of men and boys have died on the same quest--how can a timid young girl in a tiny boat survive the epic tests of the archipelago?

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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May B.

by Caroline Starr Rose

When a failed wheat crop nearly bankrupts the Betterly family, Pa pulls twelve-year-old May from school and hires her out to a couple new to the Kansas frontier.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Monstrous Devices

by Damien Love

Alex, nearly thirteen, flees with his grandfather across snowy Europe to escape the human and mechanical assassins that pursue them, trying to retrieve a powerful object.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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My Side of the Mountain

by Jean Craighead 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, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Never Say Die

by Will Hobbs

Fifteen-year-old half-Inuit Nick and his white brother, Ryan, meet and share an adventure on the Firth River in the Canadian Arctic, facing white water, wild animals, and fierce weather as Ryan documents the effects of climate change on caribou for National Geographic.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Noelle at Sea

by Nikki Shannon Smith

In 1912, thirteen-year-old Noelle is thrilled to sailing the Atlantic Ocean aboard the famed Titanic. The trip is made even better by her new friend, Pauline, a girl who is traveling with her father to live in America. On the fifth night, Noelle awakes to a sinking ship. Women and children will be rescued first, and Noelle realizes motherless Pauline will be left all alone. Despite her parents' wishes, Noelle breaks away from her family to find and help her friend.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Shipwreckers!: The Curse of the Cursed Temple of Curses, or, We Nearly Died. A Lot.

by Scott Peterson

When Dani and her big brother Mike find themselves aboard the ill-fated river expedition of careless adventurer, Captain Kevin, they must work together to save themselves and the captain from all manner of deadly trials and traps. Complete with treacherous temples, ancient idols, and plenty of explosions, Shipwreckers is a big adventure that brings humor along for a dangerous and thrilling ride up the Amazon. In a place where laughter meets non-stop action, you'll find Shipwreckers and its cast of soon-to-be fan-favorite characters.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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24 Hours in Nowhere

by Dusti Bowling

Welcome to Nowhere, Arizona, the least livable town in the United States. For Gus, a bright 13-year-old with dreams of getting out and going to college, life there is made even worse by Bo Taylor, Nowhere's biggest, baddest bully. When Bo tries to force Gus to eat a dangerously spiny cactus, Rossi Scott, one of the best racers in Nowhere, comes to his rescue--but in return she has to give Bo her prized dirt bike. Determined to buy it back, Gus agrees to go searching for gold in Dead Frenchman Mine, joined by his old friends Jessie Navarro and Matthew Dufort, and Rossi herself. As they hunt for treasure, narrowly surviving everything from cave-ins to mountain lions, they bond over shared stories of how hard life in Nowhere is-and they realize this adventure just may be their way out.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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Wildfire

by Rodman Philbrick

Thirteen-year-old Sam Castine is at summer camp while his mother is in rehab, but when the camp is evacuated ahead of a fast moving wildfire, he makes the mistake of going back for his phone, and finds himself left behind, disoriented, and running for his life, together with a girl, Delphy, from a different camp--finding an old jeep keeps them going, but in the wilds of Maine, there are only logging roads and the deadly crown fire is everywhere.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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The Wild Robot

by Peter Brown

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

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The Imagination Box

by Martyn Ford

A ten-year-old orphan discovers a box that can make the things he imagines become real and must keep the contraption from getting into the wrong hands with the help of a professor, his granddaughter, and a well-versed finger monkey.

Reading Level: Ages 9 - 12

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The Iron Tomb

by Peter Vegas

Following the various clues his uncle left behind, using the same knowledge of Ancient Egyptian history, culture, and religion he once hated, Sam makes his way across Egypt, trying to solve the mystery of his uncle's disappearance and, eventually, the secret of the Iron Tomb.

Reading Level: Ages 10 - 14

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