Right now I am reading The Talking Earth by Jean Craighead George with my 4th grade class and realized I've never shared this book here.
It's the story of Billie Wind, a 13 year old Seminole Indian girl who is sent out into the Everglades to search for the truth in the old Indian legends. She spends weeks in the swamp learning that all she doubted is real.
It's really an interesting book. Not your action packed, high interest, read that all kids will immediately get into. But with a little explanation and a little patience, the kids fall in love with it.
They are fascinated with a girl, not much older than them, who has the knowledge and bravery to survive in the FL wilderness with just a few basic supplies.
I especially love how it ties into our Social Studies curriculum of FL history. But I think kids everywhere can appreciate the story.