New Adventure & Survival Books

The Abandoned Lighthouse
by
Albert Lamb

Grades K-2

When a bear falls asleep in a rowboat and the tide comes in, the boat floats out to sea, landing at a lighthouse.

A boy loses his ball in the same rowboat, and floats out to sea with his little dog, landing at the lighthouse - where the lonely bear is happy to see them.

The three new friends go fishing to catch their diner - but then a storm comes and the little dog, boy, and bear are frightened; they turn on the lighthouse light and stop a ship from crashing into the lighthouse island.

A short adventure of three new friends and the power of a lighthouse, Lamb's story will make a fantastic, day-dreamy read-aloud.

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A Monster Calls: Inspired from an Idea by Siobhan Dowd
by
Patrick Ness

Grades 5+

Have you ever read a book that made you cry?  Ever read a book that, once you were finished, you just sat with and held for a while, letting the words sink into you, not wanting to have finished it?  Ever read a book that you couldn't stop thinking about after you finished?  Ever read a book that was so true and real you experienced the whole thing in your mind as you read?  This is one of those books.

Hauntingly, chillingly written with formidable illustration, A Monster Calls tells the story of a boy named Conor. Conor has terrible, monstrous nightmares; one day he looks out his bedroom window to see a monster looking back at him - but not the one from his nightmares.  This monster wants something of Conor, but before it gets it, it will tell Conor three stories. 

When the three stories are finished, it will be Conor's turn.  And he will have to tell his story.

The truth. 

If you read one book this year, this reviewer hopes it's this one. 

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Siobhan Dowd, children's and young adult author, passed away from breast cancer in 2007. Among the things left behind was the idea for A Monster Calls, which Patrick Ness has written in her memory.

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Trapped: How the World Rescued 33 Miners from 2,000 Feet Below the Chilean Desert
by
Marc Aronson

Grades 4+

In August of 2010, a Chilean mine collapsed suddenly, trapping thirty-three men in the dark mine over a mile beneath the earth with limited supplies. After the collapse, the men were able to get to a shelter point, but had no way to communicate with the ground above.  All routes to the surface were blocked by the accident.

Initial rescue attempts did not prove successful - maps of the mine were not updated and were somewhat inaccurate; rescue drilling routes that were, on the maps, clear shots to the miners were unable to bypass the sediment.

A gripping and inspirational survival and rescue tale of teamwork and determination, Trapped may make you claustrophobic at times, but ultimately will fill you with optimism.  A must-read non-fiction account of recent history for kids and adults alike.

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