I just recently found your blog, and it’s really useful. I’ve recently become interested in self-sufficiency, and it’s a great resource.
I wanted to share a book recommendation that I think might be interesting to your readers, a book series called The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. It is a trilogy of young adult novels about a little girl who lives under a completely authoritarian state. The state requires ‘tributes’ from all 12 districts, children from age 12-18, one boy one girl. All are put in an arena to fight to the death, to show how much power the state has- they can force you to put children of your district to death. The story follows a tribute who has learned, in her poverty, to hunt, snare, scavenge, etc.
I don’t want to ruin any of the story, but it fits so deeply into what you write about that I think you might want to check it out. It’s definitely aimed at the young adult market but it still a riveting read as an adult, and would be a very good gift for teens you know.
Thanks for all your resources and writing. – Brian M.