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Ohyesiam Tue 14-Nov-17 20:04:08

It's all my 10 yo ds talks about.
Living in a log cabin, hunting animals, gathering plants, using roots to dye cloth.

He's into books, and has no idea what he wants for Christmas, so I'm wanting to source a books about his passion.
Novels and non fiction, but he has the SAS survival guide.

I will get him the Little House series( Laura Ingles), but I'd like to find something with a male protagonist too.


FreeButtonBee Tue 14-Nov-17 20:12:10

The far side of the mountain!!! Loved this book as a child.

OwlKiss Tue 14-Nov-17 20:14:04

A Rutgers Van der Loeff: "Children of the Oregon Trail"
and also "Avalanche" by the same author he might like.

OwlKiss Tue 14-Nov-17 20:17:58

My 10 year old also loves the Willard Price adventure books. They are a little outdated now tbh, but exciting, and maybe along the right lines for your DS.

TooGood2BeFalse Tue 14-Nov-17 20:19:08

Children Of The New Forest

Acopyofacopy Tue 14-Nov-17 20:19:15

Into that Forest by Louis Nowra

Noofly Tue 14-Nov-17 20:20:53

My Side of the Mountain (not sure if that’s what the PP meant or if there is another similar)! Best book ever. As a child, I used to go into the woods next to our house and pretend I lived in a tree trunk as well. grin

temporaryname99 Tue 14-Nov-17 20:27:54

Wildwood by Colin Meloy. He's in the Decemberists! But good book, says DD.
And The Wolf Wilder, can't remember author.

Lucked Tue 14-Nov-17 20:27:56

Oh my god Children of The Oregon Trail was one of my favourites but s bit harrowing.

Bear Grylls has kids books but they might be too young.

I found this list

ILoveDolly Tue 14-Nov-17 20:29:21

There's a book by Astrid Lundgrun called Ronja the Robbers Daughter. In the book the female protagonist and her best mate (who is also the son of the rival robber Baron) run away to live in a cave. It's a bit medieval with mythical creatures but very much about living in the wilderness.

SometimesMaybe Tue 14-Nov-17 20:31:30

Walkabout? He might be a bit young but it’s an amazing book about the Outback.

Silvertap Tue 14-Nov-17 20:31:57

Children of the new forest

HarrietVane99 Tue 14-Nov-17 20:38:25

Not quite wilderness, but what about Arthur Ransome? There's a lot of camping, and they are quite self sufficient. And the locations are (mostly) real, so he can look them up on Google Earth.

mstrotwood Tue 14-Nov-17 20:40:22

Call of the Wild by Jack London.

moggle Tue 14-Nov-17 20:41:16

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Never really seen it here although it's on Amazon. I read it when I was an older kid (10-12) living in the USA where it was on all the recommended reading lists. Just be warned the kid ends up in the wilderness due to a plane crash, I know that might upset some children.

Skatingmama Tue 14-Nov-17 20:41:39

My side of the mountain - amazing
Children of the new Forrest
Arthur Ransom

Think these have all been mentioned but y y

Hobbit - has a lot of living on the road from your wits

Skatingmama Tue 14-Nov-17 20:42:03

Yy to call if the wild too

lolfun Tue 14-Nov-17 20:42:36

Kensuke'a Kingdom is good. It's about a boy getting shipwrecked and surviving on an island.

tinytemper66 Tue 14-Nov-17 20:43:39

I was about to say Hatchet. I taught it once and I loved it. Sadly no other school I have worked in had any copies.

Tinuviel Tue 14-Nov-17 20:43:42

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare - set in Maine 12 year old Matt must survive on his own in their cabin until his father returns. (He's gone to collect his wife and new baby.)

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell - 12 year old Karana escapes death at the hands of treacherous hunters only to find herself alone on a harsh and desolate island.

I hope they are more cheerful than they sound!! DS1 read them and enjoyed them.

BikeRunSki Tue 14-Nov-17 20:44:15

Lord of the Flies 😉

ShinyMe Tue 14-Nov-17 20:47:56

I came in to say the Little House ones. It is a girl protagonist, but Laura (especially in the early books) is very funny and there's lots about her helping Pa build stables and watching him butchering pigs or the time the bear tried to eat the horse, or about the wolves surrounding the house. Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie are the most 'wild' - after that they get a bit more settled. OOOH though, I just remembered! you need Laura Ingalls' book Farmer Boy, which is about her husband Almanzo's childhood. Lots of stories of naughty little boys getting lost in the forest, being scared of owls, taming wild horses, accidentally catching a pig on their sledge, that kind of thing.

AuntieBeast Tue 14-Nov-17 20:48:07

The book "Farmer Boy" in the Laura Ingalls series has a male protagonist.

Classic suggestion would be "My Side of the Mountain" by Jean Craighead George. I believe there's a sequel as well.

"Hatchet" by Paulsen is an outdoor survival story.

When my son was a little older, he loved "Kon-Tiki."

bridgetreilly Tue 14-Nov-17 20:49:02

Robinson Crusoe!

Dragonglass Tue 14-Nov-17 20:52:34

Another suggestion for the Willard Price adventure books. I loved them as a child and my sons emjoyed them too.

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