The Bulletin of the Center for Children's
The Bulletin Dozen
Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based list of titles. Since we're
awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their
philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them to
offer. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these
lists. We ask only that you cite the source.
Kids on Their Own
Call 'em survival stories, robinsonnades (after Robinson Crusoe, the daddy of them all), or whatever you will, stories about kids eking out an existence for themselves in strange surroundings can make for compulsive reading. Some of the books here are light-hearted, some are grim; some of the settings are urban, some wilderness; some of the protagonists are female and some male. In all, however, young people display ingenuity and responsibility, rising to the challenges of the situation in a way that many readers find irresistible.
- Cole, Brock The Goats. Farrar, 1986. (BCCB 10/87)
- George, Jean Craighead My Side of the Mountain. Dutton, 1959. (BCCB 6/60)
- Hill, David Take It Easy. Dutton, 1997. (BCCB 6/97)
- Hill, Kirkpatrick Toughboy and Sister. McElderry, 1990. (BCCB 11/90)
- Hobbs, Will Far North . Morrow, 1996.
- Holman, Felice Slake's Limbo. Scribner's, 1974. (BCCB 4/75)
- Konigsburg, E. L. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Atheneum, 1967. (BCCB 3/68)
- O'Grady, Scott Basher Five-Two. Doubleday, 1997. (BCCB 7/96)
- Paulsen, Gary Hatchet . Bradbury, 1987. (BCCB 12/87)
- Peterson, P. J. White Water. Simon, 1997. (BCCB 6/97)
- Savage, Deborah A Rumor of Otters. Houghton, 1986. (BCCB 10/86)
- Voigt, Cynthia The Homecoming. Atheneum, 1981. (BCCB 5/81)
- Watkins, Yoko Kawashima So Far From the Bamboo Grove. Lothrop, 1986. (BCCB 6/86)
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