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Great Outdoors

From the woods of New England to the cold of Antarctica, these stories have great, natural settings.
Jump



Jump
By Carbone, Elisa
2010-05 - Viking Children's Books
0670011851 Check Our Catalog

P.K. has taken a totally wild, crazy jump from a restrictive life with her family into an adventure of rock climbing out West with a guy she barely knows. P.K. is in heaven, until the cops show up with an arrest warrant. …More

Peak



Peak
By Smith, Roland
2007-05 - Harcourt Children's Books
0152024174 Check Our Catalog

The emotional, tension-filled story of a 14-year-old boy's attempt to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest is an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk. …More

The White Darkness



The White Darkness
By McCaughrean, Geraldine
2007-01 - HarperCollins Publishers
0060890355 Check Our Catalog

2008 Printz Award Winner

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The first contemporary young adult novel by Carnegie Medalist McCaughrean is a spellbinding journey in which a dream trip is turned into a mad obsession, a web of lies, and a nightmarish struggle for survival. …More

Hatchet



Hatchet
By Paulsen, Gary
2007-01 - Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
9781416936473 Check Our Catalog

Paulsens Newbery Honor Book tells the story of 13-year-old Brian Robeson, the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Canadian wilderness. This 20th anniversary commemorative edition features a fresh new look and a new reading group guide, along with new content from the author. Illustrations. …More

Write Naked



Write Naked
By Gould, Peter
2008-05 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374384838 Check Our Catalog

Sixteen-year-old Victor, a thoughtful loner who tries to live his life "under the radar," wants to test out the saying "You have to be naked to write." When he sneaks off with an old Royal typewriter to his uncle's cabin deep in the Vermont woods and strips off his clothes, he expects Thoreau-like solitude. What he gets is something else--both funny and, as his high school English teacher likes to say, "transformative." For he discovers a face in the window watching him--Rose Anna, a homeschooled free spirit with an antique fountain pen and a passion to save the planet. Their unexpected encounter marks the beginning of an inspired writing partnership--and a relationship as timeless and eager as the Vermont woods in spring.


A strikingly original debut novel that introduces two storytellers with different kinds of tales: one--in Victor's unforgettable voice--a quirky, contemporary love story; the other--by Rose Anna--an ecological fantasy featuring a tiny heroic newt. Together, the teens explore the possibility of connections - to one another, the woods outside, and the world beyond.
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Weirdo



Weirdo
By Taylor, Theodore
1993-08 - Tandem Library
9780785714217 Check Our Catalog

Seventeen-year-old Chip Clewt fights to save the black bears in the Powhaten National Wildlife Refuge. …More

The Mermaid's Mirror



The Mermaid's Mirror
By Madigan, L. K.
2010-10 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780547194912 Check Our Catalog

A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked--and soon, a look into the mermaid's mirror will change Lena's life forever. …More

The Lastling



The Lastling
By Gross, Philip
2006-10 - Clarion Books
0618659986 Check Our Catalog

Fourteen-year-old Paris is thrilled when her rich, influential uncle Franklin decides to take her on a trip to the Himalayas--but this will be no pleasure trip. They come across Tahr, a 12-year-old monk who has just seen a shocking vision--the face of a creature known before only in legends. …More

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots



Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots
By McDonald, Abby
2010-04 - Candlewick Press (MA)
0763643823 Check Our Catalog

Can a boy-hungry Jersey girl survive the wilds of Canada with her eco-identity intact? The author of "Sophomore Switch" is back with a witty new novel. …More

Go Big or Go Home



Go Big or Go Home
By Hobbs, Will
2008-03 - HarperCollins
9780060741419 Check Our Catalog

After a meteorite crashes through the roof of his house, Brady soon discovers that he's able to do strange and wonderful things that shouldn't be possible. At the same time, Brady is developing some strange symptoms. Could he be infected with long-dormant microbes from space? …More