A true survival story, Raft by S. A. Bodeen (Lexile: HL 680; Interest Level: Grades 6-12), tells the story of 15 year old Robie as she struggles to survive life by herself on the ocean after the plan she is on crashes into the Pacific Ocean.
Robie thinks she is old enough to brave a week on her own in Honolulu when her aunt is called away to Los Angeles on business, but she soon changes her mind and decides to head home. Unfortunately, she can't reach her parents by phone (because the phones are often out on Midway Atoll Island where she lives). She decides that she can take care of getting herself home on the supply plane that she usually uses to transport herself between her parents and her aunt's house. One thing after another happens at the busy airport, but finally Robie is on her way home. Except that something got missed.
For a really bumpy ride of a story, you may want to check out Raft. Fans of survival fiction will enjoy this story of a strong young lady who fights against all odds of nature. (256 pages)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.