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50 Books about Survival

Compiled by Merri V. Lindgren
© 2012 Cooperative Children's Book Center

Originally developed in 2003 as part of a 12-month series in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Cooperative Children's Book Center, this bibliography was updated in 2012.


Click on underlined book titles to see the CCBC review of the book, and/or the cover image.
Complete list of CCBC bibliographies


In the Eye of the Storm

    Frost, Helen. Diamond Willow. Frances Foster Books / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 111 pages. Ages 10-14

    Belton, Robyn. Herbert: The True Story of a Brave Sea Dog. U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2010. 32 pages. Ages 5 - 8

    Blumberg, Rhoda. Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy. HarperCollins, 2001. 80 pages. Ages 8 - 14

    Farr, Richard. Emperors of the Ice: A True Story of Disaster and Survival in the Antarctic, 1910-13 . Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. 217 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Kajikawa, Kimiko. Tsunami!. Illustrated by Ed Young. Philomel, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 5-9

    McKernan, Victoria. Shackleton's Stowaway. Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. 317 pages. Ages 11-15

    Murphy, Jim. Blizzard! The Storm that Changed America. Scholastic Press, 2000. 136 pages. Ages 9 - 14

    Parker Rhodes, Jewell. Ninth Ward. Little, Brown, 2010. 224 pages. Ages 9 - 13

    Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life as We Knew It. Harcourt, 2006. 337 pages. Age 13 and older

    Philbrick, Rodman. The Young Man and the Sea. Blue Sky Press / Scholastic, 2004. 191 pages. Ages 9-12

    Uhlberg, Myron. A Storm Called Katrina. Illustrated by Colin Bootman. Peachtree, 2011. 40 pages. Ages 6-10

    Van Allsburg, Chris. Queen of the Falls. Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 40 pages. Ages 6-10

    Winter, Jeanette. Mama: A True Story in Which a Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During a Tsunami, But Finds a New Home, and a New Mama. Harcourt, 2006. 32 pages. Ages 3-6


For the Love of Freedom

    Bausum, Ann. Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration. National Geographic, 2009. 111 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Bondoux, Anne-Laure. A Time of Miracles. Translated by Y. Maudet (from the French). U.S. edition: Delacorte Press, 2010. 180 pages. Age 13 and older

    Combres, Elisabeth. Broken Memory: A Novel of Rwanda. Translated by Shelley Tanaka. U.S. edition: Groundwood / House of Anansi Press, 2009. 139 pages. Ages 13 and older

    DeVita, James . The Silenced . Eos / Laura Geringer Books / HarperCollins, 2007. 504 pages. Age 13 and older

    Engle, Margarita. Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. Henry Holt, 2011. 145 pages. Age 12 and older

    Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 284 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Hegamin, Tonya Cherie. Most Loved in All the World. Illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera. Houghton Mifflin / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. 32 pages. Ages 6 - 9

    Lester, Julius. Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue. Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 2005. 177 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Levine, Ellen. Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Scholastic Press, 2007. 40 pages. Ages 8-12

    Levy, Debbie. The Year of Goodbyes. Disney/Hyperion, 2010. 136 pages. Ages 10 - 13

    Lottridge, Celia Barker. Home Is Beyond the Mountains. Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2010. 224 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Paterson, Katherine. The Day of the Pelican. Clarion / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009. 145 pages. Ages 10 - 14

    Sepetys, Ruta . Between Shades of Gray. Philomel, 2011. 352 pages. Age 14 and older

    Williams, Michael. Now Is the Time for Running. U.S. edition: Little, Brown, 2011. 233 pages. Age 12 and older


Against the Odds

    Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker. Little, Brown and Company, 2010. 326 pages. Ages 13 and older

    Bray, Libba. Beauty Queens. Scholastic Press, 2011. 396 pages. Age 13 and older

    Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic Press, 2008. 420 pages. Age 12 and older

    Giblin, James Cross. The Boy Who Saved Cleveland: Based on a True Story. Illustrated by Michael Dooling. Henry Holt, 2006. 64 pages. Ages 8-10

    Gilbert, Barbara Snow. Paper Trail. Front Street, 2000. 161 pages. Ages 13 - 16

    Jaramillo, Ann. La Línea. Deborah Brodie Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2006. 131 pages. Age 13 and older

    McCaughrean, Geraldine . The White Darkness. HarperTempest / HarperCollins, 2007. 373 pages. Age 14 and older

    Myers , Walter Dean. Autobiography of My Dead Brother . Illustrated by Christopher Myers. HarperTempest / HarperCollins, 2005. 212 pages. Ages 13-17

    Neri, G.. Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty. Illustrated by Randy DuBurke. Lee & Low, 2010. 94 pages. Ages 12 and older

    Ness, Patrick. The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking: Book One). U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2008. 479 pages. Age 12 and older

    Scott, Elizabeth. Living Dead Girl. Simon Pulse, 2008. 170 pages. Ages 14 and older

    Sheth, Kashmira. Boys without Names. Balzer & Bray/HarperCollins, 2010. 320 pages. Ages 9-13

    St. James, James. Freak Show. Dutton, 2007. 298 pages. Age 13 and older

    Wild, Margaret. Woolvs in the Sitee. Illustrated by Anne Spudvilas. U.S. edition: Front Street, 2007. 40 pages. Age 11 and older

    Wynne-Jones, Tim. Blink & Caution. Candlewick Press, 2011. 342 pages. Age 13 and older



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