1. The Wild Things – Dave Eggers (audiobook)

Loosely based on Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, and on the movie screenplay cowritten with Spike Jonze, Dave Eggers’s novel follows the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can’t control. 

2. Stranded – Jeff Probst (audiobook)

It was supposed to be a vacation—and a chance to get to know each other better. But when a massive storm sets in without warning, four kids are shipwrecked alone on a rocky jungle island in the middle of the South Pacific. No adults. No instructions. Nobody to rely on but themselves.

3. The Outside of a Horse – Ginny Rorby (audiobook)

“There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.”—old English proverb The stories Hannah Gale’s father told her of breaking wild horses in Nevada one glorious summer when he was her age have captured her imagination.

4. Save the Enemy – Arin Greenwood (audiobook)

Zoey Trask is at the end of her rope. Her mother was murdered in a random mugging a year ago. Her younger brother, Ben, is on the autistic spectrum and needs constant supervision. It’s senior year, and she’s the new girl at a weird private school in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, full of kids who seem too nice to be true—

5. Way of the Gun – Charles G. West (audiobook)

Even at seventeen years old, Carson Ryan knows enough about cow herding to realize the crew he’s with is about the worst ever. They’re taking the long way around to the Montana prairies, and they’re seriously undermanned.