Friday, November 2, 2012

Survival Reads

Did you stay tuned to the coverage of Superstorm Sandy? Are you glued to the Weather Channel to see when nature attacks? Do you scour the Internet for stories of earthquake survivors? Here are some reads for you about teens surviving natural disasters:

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen: Eli and his family live underground after a nuclear fallout. After six years, Eli starts to wonder what is out there, and if it really is so bad.
In Darkness by Nick Lake: After the earthquake in Haiti, Shorty is trapped in the rubble of a hospital. Stuck in the rubble, he thinks about his life in a gang, his experiences with violence, his sister and has visions from a Haitian revolutionary.

Trapped by Michael Northrop: Stuck in school after a huge snow storm, 7 students must survive in the school with no means of communication, heat and little food.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen: After a plane crash, Brian must survive in the wilderness with only the hatchet his mother gave him. There are four more stories about Brian : The Return, Brian's Winter, Brian's Return and Brian's Hunt.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Miranda and her family need to adjust to life after a meteor hit the moon causing huge environmental changes. Companion books The Dead and the Gone and This World We Live continue the story.

Peak by Roland Smith: Peak, an experienced climber, is challenged to become the youngest person to climb Mt. Everest. What starts out to be the adventure of a life time, turns out to be a challenge to survive.

Looking for some survival leverage? Check out Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. Plot? The contestants of Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant are stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes, killing all but a handful of the contestants. With only a few pageant supplies and can-do pageant attitudes survival of the fittest has never looked so good.


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