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Hatchet by Gary Paulson

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After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

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After his anger erupts into violence, fifteen year-old Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

The Darwin Expedition by Diane Tullson

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When an accident leaves Tej and Liam stranded in the wilderness, they must survive the elements, and the bear that is chasing them, long enough to get back to civilization.

Lost in the River of Grass by Ginny Rorby

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When two Florida teenagers become stranded on a tiny island in the Everglades, they attempt to walk ten miles through swampland to reach civilization.

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

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Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge

The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman

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When a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs a fourteen-year-old Sudanese refugee with an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, the pen pals teach each other compassion and share a bond that bridges two continents.

Laugh with the Moon by Shana Burg

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Massachusetts thirteen-year-old Clare, grieving after her mother’s recent death, reluctantly travels with her father to spend nine weeks in a remote village in Malawi, where new friends and experiences help open her mind and heart.

Broken Memory: a novel of Rwanda by Élisabeth Combres; translated by Shelley Tanaka

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After hearing her mother being murdered, a young girl must find the strength to survive on her own amidst the massacres of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Flyaway by Helen Landalf

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Seattle fifteen-year-old Stevie Calhoun does not realize how bad her life is until her mother leaves and Stevie must move in with annoyingly perfect Aunt Mindy for a summer, filling her days with being tutored and volunteering at a bird rehabilitation center.

Black, White, Other by Joan Steinau Lester

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Twenty miles from Oakland, California, where fires have led to racial tension, multi-racial fifteen-year-old Nina faces the bigotry of long-time friends, her parents’ divorce, and her brother’s misbehavior, while learning of her great-great grandmother Sarah’s escape from slavery.

Dark Water by Laura McNeal

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Living in a cottage on her uncle’s southern California avocado ranch since her parent’s messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Possessing encyclopedia-like intelligence, unusual zookeeper’s son Pi Patel sets sail for America, but when the ship sinks, he escapes on a life boat and is lost at sea with a dwindling number of animals until only he and a hungry Bengal tiger remain.

Chandra’s Wars by Allan Stratton

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Chandra Kabelo, a teenage African girl, must save her younger siblings after they are kidnapped and forced to serve as child soldiers in General Mandiki’s rebel army.

Reason for Hope: a spiritual journey by Jane Goodall

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The distinguished scientist draws on her experiences and spiritual beliefs to explore the higher purpose to life, explaining how this can be best served through a commitment to understand the spiritual ties between humankind and the natural world

Primates: the fearless science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks

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Introduces the lives and work of three eminent primatologists, shares insights into their educations under mentor Louis Leakey, while exploring their pivotal contributions to twentieth-century natural science.

Radio Congo : signals of hope from Africa’s deadliest war by Ben Rawlence

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Recounts the author’s journey through the Congo to a forgotten town in a section of the country where the beginnings of peace are being established, offering glimpses of life in the country and its people.

Through a window : my thirty years with the chimpanzees of Gombe by Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall recounts the thirty years she spent in the company of chimpanzees and describes the dynamics of a chimpanzee family.

Bonobo handshake : a memoir of love and adventure in the Congo by Vanessa Woods

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Traces how a Discovery Channel writer and her scientist fiancé settled in a Bonobo sanctuary in war-torn Congo, where their research enabled greater understanding of the characteristics and largely peaceful culture of the rare ape that shares 98.7 percent of human DNA

Bonobo: the forgotten ape by Frans de Waal

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Describes the habits and behavior of the bonobo, the ape believed to be biologically closest to humans, which has an egalitarian, female-dominant society based on broad sexual contact, and discusses the risks the animals face.

The Last Great Ape

Deep in the Congo lives a little-studied group of apes called the bonobos. Like the more-familiar chimpanzees, bonobos are among the humans' closest relatives, but unlike the chimps, known for their violent behavior, bonobos are far more peaceful."--

Gorillas in the Mist

Based on the true story of young anthropologist Dian Fossey who travels to the African mountains to study the rare gorillas.