Island of the Blue Dolphins

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1961

Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, strong girls, indigenous peoples, history, independence, island life, animals, dogs

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Call it Courage

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Call It Courage

by Armstrong Sperry

Age: 10+

Interests: survival, boats, ocean, sea creatures, storms, Polynesia, islands

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Julie of the Wolves

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NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER – 1973

JULIE OF THE WOLVES

by Jean Craighead George

Age: 11+

Interests: wilderness survival, nature, arctic, animals, wolves, Inuit, First Nations, strong girls More

Starbuck Valley Winter

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CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BOOK OF THE YEAR – 1947

Starbuck Valley Winter

by Roderick Haig-Brown

Age: 10 +

Interests: hunting, wilderness survival, winter survival, animals, canoeing, Canada, British Columbia

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The Incredible Journey (1963)

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The Incredible Journey

Released: 1963

Rated: G

Length: 80 min

Age: 3+

Scary Factor: various dangerous situations for animals are rather tamely presented, not disturbing at all, and no notable injuries are sustained; cat is swept away in river but later rescued; a man shoots at dog rummaging in garbage can, but mainly to scare him away; cat is chased by a lynx but escapes

Interests: pets, cats, dogs, wilderness, nature, Canada, adventure

Next: read the book The Incredible Journey

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The Incredible Journey

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The Incredible Journey

by Sheila Burnford

Hodder and Stoughton, 1961

127 pp. – 11 chapters

Age: read to – 7+               independent reading – 9+?

Interests: pets, cats, dogs, wilderness, adventure

Next: 1963 Disney movie The Incredible Journey

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Swallows and Amazons, Pigeon Post

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Swallows and Amazons

by Arthur Ransome

London: Jonathan Cape, 1930

363 pp.

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CARNEGIE MEDAL WINNER – 1936

by Arthur Ransome

London: Jonathan Cape, 1936

433 pp.

Age: (read to) 6+, (read independently) 9+

Interests: boats, sailing, camping, adventures, summer vacation, maps, exploring

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Making the Moose Out of Life

BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012

Making the Moose Out of Life

by Nicholas Oldland

Kids Can Press, 2010

30 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: animals, moose, adventure, boats, islands, travel, trying new things, survival skills

Also by this author: The Busy Beaver, Big Bear Hug

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