Boy Soldier by Cola Bilkuei. In 1987, Cola Bilkuei, a young boy from the Dinka tribe in the southern Sudan, was forcibly recruited into Sudan People's Liberation Army. Once they arrived at the camp, exhausted and terrified, they were systematically brutalised as SPLA officers began to turn them into child soldiers. The children were taught how to handle a rifle, how to fight and how to kill. After two years, he escaped from the camp and began an extraordinary odyssey down the length of…

In Cola Bilkuei, a young boy from the Dinka tribe in the southern Sudan, was forcibly recruited into Sudan People& Liberation .

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. A plane crashes on an uninhabited island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys. They inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but their sense of order fades, and their childish fears are transformed into something deeper and more primitive. Their games take on a horrible significance, and before long the well-behaved party of schoolboys has turned into a tribe of faceless, murderous savages.

Lord of the Flies (Faber Faber), Cover art by Wallzo.Anxiety page turner for me at age doom felt immediately.

Mission Survival 2: Way of the Wolf by Bear Grylls. A fatal plane crash. A frozen wilderness. The world’s youngest survival expert is in trouble again . . . Beck Granger must find help across the mountains – but even if he survives the deadly cold, can he escape the hungry wolf that is on his trail?

Way of the Wolf Audiobook / Unabridged / E E Knight Vampire Earth 01

To Die For by Mark Svendsen. For his birthday, Christos takes his father's mackerel dory on his first solo trip. He plans to fish and then camp overnight on a local island. But things go terribly, terrifyingly wrong when Christos runs the dory aground on a reef, attracting a four-metre tiger shark as company for the most harrowing night of his life - a night during which he decides what he would be willing to die for.

An epic battle between a boy, a boat and a shark

Big Game by Dan Smith. 13-year-old Oskari is sent into the cold wilderness on an ancient test of manhood. He must survive armed only with a bow and arrow. But instead, he stumbles upon an escape pod from a burning airliner: Air Force One. Terrorists have shot down the President of the United States.  The boy hunter and the world's most powerful man are suddenly the hunted, in a race against a deadly enemy...

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Over a Thousand hills i Walk With you by Janna Jansen. Political troubles in Rwanda unleashed a torrent of violence upon the Tutsi ethnic group. Jeanne's family, all Tutsis, fled their home and tried desperately to reach safety. They did not succeed. As the only survivor of her family's massacre, Jeanne witnessed unspeakable acts. This haunting story was told to Jeanne's adoptive mother, and here she makes unforgettably real the events of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

A novel based on the real-life story of a young Tutsi girl who was the only member of her family to survive the ethnic genocide in Rwanda in Told by Jeanne's adoptive mother.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell. The true story of an Indian girl marooned on a desolate island.

Reread: Island of the Blue Dolphins Author: Scott O’Dell First published: 1960 The tale of Karana, who is abandoned on an island for 18 years, is based on the true story of Juana Maria, also known as “The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island.

The Explorer / Katherine Rundell. As the plane crashes into the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small.    Except, it seems, someone has been there before them …

The Explorer

The Explorer / Katherine Rundell. As the plane crashes into the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest, Fred is suddenly left without a choice. He and the three other children may be alive, but the jungle is a vast, untamed place. With no hope of rescue, the chance of getting home feels impossibly small. Except, it seems, someone has been there before them …

Adrift by Paul Griffin. When Stef decides it’s a beautiful night to go windsurfing, the others race out on the water to make sure she’s safe. But with no land in sight and a broken boat engine, it’s not just Stef they have to worry about. And as the hours turn into days, the prospect of rescue seems further and further away…

ADRIFT by Paul Griffin - This fast-paced survival adventure makes an excellent crucible for Griffin’s examination of class.

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