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Nature Fiction

on July 10, 2014

Looking for a story about wilderness conservation, exploring (or surviving) nature, or protecting the environment?  Try these…

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline KellyThe evolution of Calpurnia Tate

In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.







My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead GeorgeMy side of the mountain

A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his realization that he needs human companionship.







Call of the Wild by Jack LondonThe call of the wild

Presents the adventures of an unusual dog, part Saint Bernard and part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack. Also: White Fang.








Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-PorterA girl of the Limberlost

Of all the books written by Hoosier writers, Gene Stratton-Porter’s A Girl of the Limberlost is unquestionably the most cherished: the timeless story of an impoverished young girl, Elnora Comstock, growing up on the edge of the Limberlost swamp. Elnora Comstock has served as a role model for successive generations of independent young readers.  







Hoot by Carl HiaasenHoot

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.  

Environmental conservation is a theme in Hiaasen’s other children’s and young adult novels: Scat, Flush, and Chomp.







Hatchet by Gary PaulsenHatchet

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

Paulsen is an award-winning author of many other wilderness survival stories.





Everest by Gordon KormanThe contest

A group of kids are going to compete to break the record for the youngest person ever to climb Mount Everest. Some are not ready for what they will face. And some will stop at nothing to get to the top.

Other series by Gordon Korman include Dive and Island.






Operation RedwoodOperation Redwood by S. Terrell French

In northern California, Julian Carter-Li and his friends old and new fight to save a grove of redwoods from an investment company that plans to cut them down.







Wild Man Island by Will HobbsWild Man Island

After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father’s death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.

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