The Boys' Book of Survival
A present for a young teen, this book really tells you how survive everything. Take my word. I read a lot of it. if you are not a boy scout then this is a good standby.
The "Boys' Book of Survival: How to Survive Anything, Anywhere" (Best at Everything) is a hardcover handbook that makes a fantastic 11th birthday gift for an adventurous child that might want to know how to survive a man-eating tiger, being stuck in quicksand, a shopping trip with their mom, a school dance, and more!