My Side of the Mountain
Jean Craighead George
Newbery Honor Book 1960
After reading Paulsen's Hatchet books, it's tempting to lable this as "fantasy" -- c'mon, the kid's camping in the back yard talking to Disney animals compared to Brian's ordeal. ; )
Fun read, great ideas for budding wilderness challengers, if at times a bit farfetched and simplistic.