Book list

Desert island books

Here's a collection of stories of adventure and survival, all set on desert islands.

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The Wreck of the Zanzibar by Michael Morpurgo

Every day is a struggle for survival on the tiny island of Bryher in the Scilly Isles, but storms and wrecks can bring bounty as well as hardship.

The Coral Island by R M Ballantyne

What a dream! Boys' adventures on a shipwrecked island, complete with cannibals and pirates.

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

Can a blind boy really survive alone on a desert island without a fresh water supply and without food save what can be fished from the sea?

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

A true story about a young American Indian girl left behind by her people when they move from their remote island home to the mainland.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Classic tale of treasure and treachery as Jim Hawkins sets sail in the Hispaniola. But what use is a treasure map and an honest heart if your adversary is the cunning Long John Silver?

Peter Duck by Arthur Ransome

Two schooners race across the Atlantic in search of buried treasure. Can the children from the Wild Cat beat Black Jake to it?

Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo

Michael is washed up onto a lonely desert island, only to find it is already occupied . . .