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I teach in a very rural high school; my students are farmers and hunters. One of my boys asked for a recommendation today for something outdoorsy about survival, and I couldn't think of a thing (barring HATCHET). Any ideas? Thanks!
#1 - August 28, 2017, 04:52 PM

  A Walk In The Woods  by Bill Bryson which is also a movie about a man and his buddy walking the Appalachian trail

Wild -  by Cheryl  Strayed which is about a woman who walked the trail on the other side of the US to Oregon.  It is also a movie

(I've read them both and seen the movie Wild)
#2 - August 28, 2017, 05:45 PM

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TREASURE AT LURE LAKE By Shari Schwarz is an outdoorsy book.  I have it on my TBR list but haven't had a chance to read it yet. *Disclaimer I know Shari in real life, too. And I second Katie Kennedy's books. They are awesome!*

Here's an interview with Shari that tells a bit about her book.
#3 - August 28, 2017, 08:29 PM
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'Vehicle Dreams Series' Running Press Kids
Race Car Dreams 2016
Bulldozer Dreams 2017
Fire Truck Dreams 2018
The Sparrow and The Trees- Arbordale 2015

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 A Day No Pigs Would Die / Robert Newton Peck
Run With the Horsemen / Ferrol Sams
Into The Wild / Jon Krakauer
The Yearling/ Marjorie Keenan Rawlings
Where the Red Fern Grows / Wilson Rawls
Ecology of a Cracker Childhood/ Janisse Ray
Brian's Hunt/ Gary Paulsen

Ask your school media specialist, local public librarian or local community or college librarian. They will know. :-)
It is great that the student inquired about a book. Sounds like he is really wanting to read.

#4 - August 30, 2017, 06:08 AM

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I guess boys prefer to read about male protagonists but what about Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George?
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When I worked in a library I always used to recommend Gary Paulsen's books to boys: TRACKER and WINTERDANCE (about the Iditarod).
#6 - August 30, 2017, 09:29 PM

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For a humorous take, DAN VS. NATURE by Don Calame.
#7 - August 31, 2017, 05:30 AM
BLACKOUT -- available now
DESERTED -- available now
SISTERS DON'T TELL -- available now

Thanks for all the recommendations--especially pleased to see some I don't know! I'll let you know if any are a hit!
#8 - August 31, 2017, 04:37 PM

Into the Wild is a good one
#9 - September 13, 2017, 04:04 AM

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My son loves My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, as well as the sequels. I was also going to mention Hatchet by Paulsen, but that's been covered.
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