Winter Adventure and Survival Tales: Young Readers 2023

February 24, 2023 | Nicol

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Winter isn't just a time for cozy reads. After all, it is Mother Nature's season of great extremes. Cold, darkness, isolation: winter is a call for adventure and for taking ourselves to the limit. If not with expeditions to the arctic, then why not with stories?

There is no shortage of high-tales, epic quests and great mysteries that take place in this unforgiving season. Winter's harsh climates and eclipsing nights call on us to survive. In Jack London's The Call of the Wild, a man kidnaps Buck the dog and sells him into service as a sled dog. The Yukon's bitter cold and long nights bring out Buck's wilder side. Now, he must survive the elements and navigate pack life. Winter soon transforms Buck from a dog to a wolf.

As much as Winter pushes us to survive, its snow also covers our tracks. In Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, secrets hide under the snow. Kidnappers, known as Gobblers, snatch kids and take them to the Arctic. The remote wilderness is the perfect place for Gobblers to conduct secret and deadly experiments. The Arctic also demands ingenuity and fortitude from the protagonist Lyra and her friends. They scale mountains, follow sled tracks and lead a battalion of bears to fight evil powers. Indeed, the season of survival and secrets leaves the door open for many great stories.

Deep in the dark of winter, when we have put away our sleds, and our fingertips ache with the cold of building snowmen, let's grab our blankets, a warm cup of hot chocolate, and go on unforgettable adventures with these thrilling and chilling reads.

Blizzard by John Rocco

Blizzard by John Rocco 

Brave Irene by William Steig

Brave Irene by William Steig

Bird and Squirrel by James Burks

Bird & Squirrel on Ice by James Burks 

Dragonbreath; The Frozen Menace by Ursula Vernon

Dragonbreath: The Frozen Menace by Ursula Vernon

I Survived the Wellington Avalanche  1910 by Lauren Tarshis

I Survived: The Wellington Avalanche, 1910 by Lauren Tarshis

The Abominabler Sonwman by R.A. Montgomery

The Abominable Snowman by R.A. Montgomery

Greenglass House

Greenglass House by Kate Milford 

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson

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