I just discovered “Brian’s Saga” by Gary Paulsen.
It starts with “Hatchet” a story about a troubled 13yr old boy who ends up alone in the Canadian wilderness and his quest to survive.
My oldest ate this book up.
He is 8yrs old and in the 3rd grade.
His reading level is above that though.
The only thing you might have a problem with this series is that his parents are going through a divorce and his mom has a “secret”(affair).
They never really expound on it though and my son did not seem to really notice that part of the story.
Any adventure loving child is going to love this series!
If you have younger children or just love beautiful books than I highly recommend checking out “Canoe Days” and “Dogteam” by the same author.
My boys read on their own so much that I miss out on books like this a lot but after reading just one page I had to read both of these for myself.
They are gorgeous!
And it is not just the pictures that draw you in, the writing is breathtaking.
I felt like I was reading poetry.
This is what children’s books should be.
I wish I had found these when my boys were toddlers, I would have loved to read them over and over again.
I did not want to give them back to the library…
“My side of the Mountain, On the Far Side of the Mountain, and Frightful’s Mountain” all tie in together in a great series by Jean Craighead George.
My son now thinks he should get a Falcon for his next pet.
“Frightful’s Daughter. and Frightful’s Daughter Meets the Baron Weasel” are a beautiful set of picture books that continue the story.
I had my 6yr old read those to me since he loves animal books so much.
He can still baulk some at the bigger chapter books so I like to get him into the story first if I can.
His brother does that for me most of the time though, he talks about a book so much that my youngest has to read it!
We also own “One Day in the Prairie” by the same author, it is a nice short chapter book that might be easier for a 1st grader to pick up.
It is another great book for an animal lover as well.
Do you have a favorite adventure author?