We Recommend…Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

When we first meet Alex, he’s a jerky little kid, by the end he’s a MAN. But when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts and destroys your home, your town, and makes it nearly impossible for you to find your family, one realizes it’s time to grow up.

After losing everything, Alex sets out to find his family and he begins by skiing across the ash. On his trek across Iowa into Illinois, he sees the worst of people and attempts to stay true to himself. However, Alex quickly learns that when the world is nearly destroyed, you’ve got to make some serious changes about how you deal with others. While attempting to find his family, Alex meets Darla. Darla is such a contrast to Alex’s “city-boy” — Darla is one very tough young woman who knows about hard work and dedication. As the story continues, Alex and Darla face increasingly difficult challenges, but still manage to survive in this world gone wrong.

A great read about trust, teamwork and the strength we find in ourselves when we need it most. If you’re a fan of survival stories, definitely read this book and check out the follow-up, Ashen Winter.

Want more post-apocalyptic survival tales? 

Book Club Kit: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible VoyageEndurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
by Alfred Lansing
First Published: 1959
6 Copies & Reading Guide

The astonishing saga of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s survival for over a year on the ice-bound Antarctic seas, as Time magazine put it, “defined heroism.” Alfred Lansing’s scrupulously researched and brilliantly narrated book has long been acknowledged as the definitive account of the Endurance’s fateful trip. To write their authoritative story, Lansing consulted with ten of the surviving members and gained access to diaries and personal accounts by eight others. The resulting book has all the immediacy of a first-hand account, expanded with maps and illustrations.

No Reading Guide? Try these:
Book Club Queen – Nonfiction Book Club Discussion Questions
LitLovers – Generic Questions for Non-Fiction

Reviews:
Goodreads – Find out what fellow readers think of Endurance.
Video Book Review – Includes historical images by LoveMattersMost on Youtube.

On the Web:
NOVA OnlineShackleton’s Voyage of Endurance
American Museum of Natural History – The Endurance Exhibit

If you enjoyed Endurance, you might like these:
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Book Club Kit: Hatchet

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by Gary Paulsen
First Published: 1987
10 Copies & Reading Guide

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents’ divorce.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Author Information, Brief Reviews, and Discussion Questions

Review:
Goodreads – Find out what fellow readers think over at Goodreads…and leave your thoughts, too!

Gary Paulsen’s Official Website: www.garypaulsen.com/

Brian’s Saga Continued:
The River (#2)
Brian’s Winter (#3)
Brian’s Return (#4)
Brian’s Hunt (#5)

If you enjoyed Hatchet, you might like:
The Things a Brother Knows (Book Club Kit) by Dana Reinhardt
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer