11 Wilderness Survival Books Like Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is one of the best wilderness survival books ever, so if you loved it and still want more, here are 11 books similar to it; You’ll find both middle grade and young adult survival stories on this reading list, along with the recommended age range for each book.

1. Lost in the Antarctic: The Doomed Voyage of the Endurance by Tod Olson

Ages 8-12 – First on our list of Hatchet read-alikes is a nonfiction book about a team of British explorers who made an ill-fated attempt to hike across the Antarctic in 1914. Before they reached land, ice closed in and stranded them in the Antarctic. They dealt with extreme weather, plunging temperatures, and perilous ice. It’s a gripping tale of survival set in the most inhospitable place on Earth. The book is illustrated with photographs from the actual voyage. Read More.
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2. Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

Ages 8-12 – When her parents get taken in for questioning by Chinese soldiers, Tash, her best friend Sam, and two trusty yaks flee Tibet and head for India. In order to get there, they have to cross mountains, dodge snipers, and survive blizzards. For kids interested in books like Hatchet, this is a must-read. Read More.
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3. Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry

Ages 10-14 – Branded a coward for fearing the sea, Maftu decides to conquer his fear. So he sets off in a boat, alone except for his dog and an albatross, to prove himself. This slim book is a classic survival adventure that kids will easily get absorbed in for a couple of hours. Read More.
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