Into the Wild explores many themes such as adventure & survival, coming of age, and fate through the biography and re-telling of Christopher McCandless’ life story. After Chris graduates from college with honors, he sells and donates everything he owns and hitchhikes to the Alaskan wilderness. The story continues as he attempts to survive in the rugged and abandoned terrain. This novel is great for the high school and advanced middle school reader. Chris’ thoughts and salvaged writings bring the story to life and present a different perspective on society.

Published 1996, Anchor Books

If you like this book, you might like Shackleton’s Stowaway, by Victoria McKernan.