This week’s list topic: wilderness survival. Growing up, I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the woods, which fueled my imagination. Wandering through the forest behind my house, skiing in the mountains in New Hampshire, hiking in the presidential range with my parents, I’d always wonder: what if…
What if something went wrong? What if I had to survive on these snowy slopes overnight? What if I got lost in these mountains and had to spend months out here, alone, trying to find my way back. What if my friend and I wandered too far off the beaten path on our explorations? What happens next?
It’s that question that fuels every great story, including those on my list of Best Wilderness Survival Fiction. While I adore each of these books, I also recognize that the list is woefully short, something I hope to remedy soon with the titles that follow the “official list.” The wilderness presents endless possible answers to that question: What if...? These are just a few.
Best Wilderness Survival Fiction
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Brian’s Winter by Gary Paulsen
Island of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
The Cay by Theodore Taylor
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Also, here are a few books in this genre that are on my (ever-expanding) list of soon-to-read: Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson and A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer.