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How to Go on an Adventure without Leaving the House

18/12/2015

“Adventure is not outside man; it is within.”

George Eliot

 

 

December is just about half over, meaning that the Winter Break is right around the corner. Though some of you will be spending your two school-free weeks outside of Ottawa, many of you will unfortunately probably be stuck here in this cold, snowless town. There may not be much you can do about it, but that doesn’t mean your days must be limited to binge-watching shows on Netflix (though truthfully, that doesn’t sound that bad). Books can give us the liberty of doing whatever we want, wherever we want, in the comfort of our own home. It’s like going on the ultimate experience of a lifetime without having to move an inch! Here are just a few activities that require no effort at all if you’re ever in need for a quick getaway from reality.

 

1. Take that extra step higher - literally! - and soar above the clouds.

 

  Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

 

Matt Cruse has served the past two years of his life on the luxury airship, Aurora, as a cabin boy. With his keen eyes and bravery, Matt has sailed nearly every corner of the heavens and knows it better than the ground itself. When he meets Kate DeVries, a girl with as much - if not, then more - of a hunger for adrenaline as himself, Matt finds himself caught up in her quest to find something absurd, something that simply doesn’t exist. At least, he thinks they don’t exist. But when the ship is unexpectedly attacked by a raid of pirates, Matt and Kate find themselves caught up in a journey that takes them way beyond the skies Matt has become familiar with.

 

 

2. Escape the rowdiness of the city and go on a camping trip.

 

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

 

While on a plane ride to his father’s place in Northern Canada, thirteen-year-old Brian unexpectedly crash lands into a lake in the middle of a remote forest after the pilot experiences a sudden a heart attack and immediate death. Uninjured and being the sole passenger on the plane, Brian must learn how to survive in the wilderness with nothing but a hatchet - a departing gift his mother had given him prior to his takeoff. But the unpredictability of the wild and the loneliness has its limits. Soon, Brian must come to terms of reality and the question that rings in his head all day: Will he ever be rescued?

 

 

3. Need a break from the present? Try travelling to the future instead.

 

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The year is 1996. Long-time neighbours and ex-best friends, Josh and Emma, continue to grow more distant after last November, the infamous month that changed everything between them. However, things are about to go even more awry when Josh’s mom forces him to go over to Emma’s to install an AOL CD on her new and “technologically advanced” computer. The tension is broken, however, when they discover what’s awaiting them on the screen: Facebook pages of the two of them 15 years into the future. Soon, Josh and Emma are discovering things about them and their eventual lives that they’d never expected, both good and bad. But having the future in their hands is tricky, and they soon find themselves watching every move they make. After all, every decision they make will have its outcomes later on.
 
So there you have it! Three amazing reads that can whisk you off on an adventure at any time. Okay, it’s true that some of these endeavours aren’t the most practical, day-to-day things you’d do. But then again, what’s the fun in sticking to sensibility all the time? Hope this gave you all some things to think about doing over the holidays and even maybe inspire you to go try out something new. In the meantime, try to make it through this last day of school. It’ll be worth it!
 
 

 

Ottawa Public Library’s Teen Bloggers in Residence are fantastic teen volunteer writers from across the city. They blog about their favourite teen reads and authors, and get writing assignments to cover special teen events happening at the library. Their residency rotates throughout the year. Call-outs for upcoming terms are made through the Teen Blog in May/June, September/October and January/February.

 

Image: Airborn

Airborn

By Oppel, Kenneth
Image: Airborn

Airborn

By Oppel, Kenneth

Airborn

By Oppel, Kenneth
Image: Hatchet

Hatchet

By Paulsen, Gary
Image: Hatchet

Hatchet

Hatchet Series, Book 1
By Paulsen, Gary
Image: Hatchet

Hatchet

By Paulsen, Gary
Image: Hatchet

Hatchet

By Paulsen, Gary
Image: The Future of Us

The Future of Us

By Asher, Jay
Image: The Future of Us

The Future of Us

By Asher, Jay