Beauty Queens

Author: Libba Bray Publication: 2012, Scholastic Pages: 400 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Thirteen contestants in the Miss Teen Dream beauty pageant are stranded on a remote island after their plane crashes into the ocean.  They’ve got almost no food or water, but worst of all, most […]

Stranded

Author: Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts Publication: 2013, Scholastic Pages: 176 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Vanessa, Carter, Buzz, and Jane are on a sailing boat in the South Pacific – a vacation with their uncle that’s supposed to help bring the half-siblings closer together. But a […]

Tears of the River

Author: Gordon Rottman Publication: 2014, Taliesin Publishing Pages: 156 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Karen is part of a medical relief mission in Nicaragua. While her parents stay on to work in a local hospital, Karen joins a small team headed to an isolated village. But a […]

The Living

Author: Matt de la Peña Publication: 2013, Delacorte Press Pages: 308 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Shy takes a summer job on a luxury cruise ship to make some extra money for his family. But when a massive earthquake rocks the west coast, it sets of a […]

The Killing Sea

Author: Richard Lewis Publication: 2006, Simon and Schuster Pages: 183 Overall Rating: Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Ruslan and Sarah are from different worlds.  But when a giant tsunami strikes the Aceh region of Indonesia they both find their lives thrown into chaos.  Ruslan is searching for his missing […]

The Raft

Author: S.A. Bodeen Publication: 2012, Feiwel and Friends Pages: 231 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action:   Age Category: 13+ Brief Summary: Robie lives with her parents at a remote research station on Midway Island in the Pacific Ocean.  Every so […]

Storm Runners

Author: Roland Smith Publication: 2011, Scholastic Pages: 143 Overall Rating:                          Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Chase Masters and his dad run a very specialized kind of business.  They go wherever a big storm is threatening to blow in, provide free help to prepare for it, and then charge the […]

Wild River

Author: P.J. Peterson Publication: Delacorte Press, 2009 Pages: 128 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary: Ryan’s older brother, Tanner, takes him on a kayaking and camping trip.  Ryan doesn’t want to go – he’d much rather […]

Wild Man Island

Note: Don’t be turned off by this book’s cover.  It looks like some cheesy novel from 1970s.  That’s unfortunate, but it’s in no way a reflection on the book itself, which is actually pretty good.  Author: Will Hobbs Publication: Harper Trophy, 2002 Pages: 184 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 […]

Wildfire Run

Author: Dee Garretson Publication: Harper, 2010 Pages: 272 Overall Rating:                         Rating for Action: Quantity of Action: Age Category: 9-12 Brief Summary:  Luke is the only son of the President of the United States.  He’s staying at Camp David with his friend, Theo, hanging […]