The Martian
The Martian by Andy Weir
Publication Date: 2014. Check Availability

If you were the kind of kid who loved Hatchet or My Side of the Mountain when you were growing up, this book will definitely scratch that survival story itch. Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded alone on Mars after dust storms lead the rest of his crew to conduct an emergency evacuation. They don't know he's still alive down on the surface--and he won't be for long, if he can't put his best engineering know-how to work to figure out how to stretch his supplies and signal his crew. A film version starring Matt Damon is also available. (Kristi)