Some of our favorite adventure stories for school-age children.
Nancy Farmer (Juvenile Fiction - J Farmer)
While fleeing from Mozambiqueto, Zimbabweto to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.
Eoin Colfer (Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)
In the late 19th century, when Conor Broekhart discovers a conspiracy to overthrow the king, he is branded a traitor, imprisoned, and forced to mine for diamonds while he plans a daring escape from Little Saltee prison by way of a flying machine of his own invention.
Bill Doyle (Juvenile Fiction - J Doyle)
As part of a group of young climbers trying to climb Mount Everest, the reader must make decisions that will ensure survival and success in reaching the summit.
Gregory Mone (Juvenile Fiction - J Mone)
Eleven-year-old Fish, seeking a way to help his family financially, becomes a reluctant cabin boy on a pirate ship, where he soon makes friends--and enemies--and is asked to help decipher clues that might lead to a legendary treasure.
Mark Walden (Juvenile Fiction - J Waldren)
Swept away to a hidden academy for training budding evil geniuses, Otto, a brilliant orphan, Wing, a sensitive warrior, Laura, a shy computer specialist, and Shelby, an infamous jewel thief, plot to beat the odds and escape the prison known as H.I.V.E.
Gary Paulsen (Juvenile Fiction - J Pa)
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother. Look for the sequel entitled The River.
M.T. Anderson (Juvenile Fiction - J Anderso)
Boy Technonaut, Jasper Dash, and his friends Lily Gefelty and Katie Mulligan travel into the mist-shrouded heart of the forbidden mountainous realm of Delaware to try an d unravel a terrible mystery.
Jean Craighead George (Juvenile Fiction - J George)
An Eskimo girl must survive with the help of a wolf pack on the forbidding North Slope of Alaska. (First in the Julie of the Wolves trilogy.)
Dan Gutman (Juvenile Fiction - J Gutman)
On a cross-country vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi, soon to be thirteen, fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files.
Shannon Hale (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Hale)
In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso to take on outlaws.
Brian Jacques (Juvenile Fiction - J Ja)
The peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the evil ratCluny. Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find a legendary sword, which will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.
Nancy Springer (Juvenile Fiction - J Sp)
In her quest to connect with Robin Hood, the father she has never met, thirteen-year-old Rosemary disguises herself as a boy, befriends a half-wolf, half-dog, a runaway princess, and an overgrown boy whose singing is hypnotic, and makes peace with her elfin heritage. Look for more Tales of Rowan Hood titles.
Hergé (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Herge)
Classic graphic novel adventure stories of the young reporter Tintin and his dog, Snowy. Look for more Tintin titles.
Geraldine McCaughrean (Juvenile Fiction - J Mccaugh)
When a diphtheria outbreak forces Cissy to leave her Oklahoma hometown in the 1890s, she and her two classmates embark on a wild adventure down the Missouri River with a team of traveling actors who are living on a dilapidated paddle steamer.
Stuart Gibbs (Juvenile Fiction - J Gibbs)
In Paris with his parents to sell family heirlooms, fourteen-year-old Greg Rich suddenly finds himself four hundred years in the past, and is aided by boys destined to become "The Three Musketeers."
W. Rodman Philbrick (Juvenile Fiction - J Philbri)
Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.
Trenton Lee Stewart (Juvenile Fiction - J Stewart)
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Look for more Mysterious Benedict Society titles.
Elizabeth George Speare (Juvenile Fiction - J Speare)
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Native Americans teach him their skills.
Kate DiCamillo (Juvenile Fiction - J Dicamil)
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess and devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
Megan Whalen Turner (Juvenile Fiction - J Tu)
Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone. Look for the sequel entitled The Queen of Attolia.
Sid Fleischman (Juvenile Fiction - J Fleisch)
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
Robert Louis Stevenson (Juvenile Classics - J Stevens)
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate’s fortune as well as great danger.
William Steig (Juvenile Fiction - J Steig)
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.
Betty G. Birney (Juvenile Fiction - J Birney)
Humphrey, the classroom hamster, has adventures going to the library, learning about the ocean, and sailing across a pond on a sailboat.
Alexander McCall Smith (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Mccall)
When Akimbo and his park ranger father unintentionally capture a lion cub near an African game park, Akimbo tries to keep the cub. (Part of the Akimbo series.)
H.I. Larry (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Larry)
Zac sets out on his first solo mission as a spy for the Government Investigation Bureau, piloting an amphibious submersible in hopes of preventing enemies from accessing a top-secret transmitter 4,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.
Mary Pope Osborne (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Osborne)
Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs. (First in the Magic Tree House series.)
Tim Egan (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Egan)
When Dodsworth sets out for adventure inNew York Cityhe does not expect a crazy duck to stow away in this suitcase and lead him on a merry chase. Look for more Dodsworth titles.
Geronimo Stilton (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Geronim)
When Geronimo Stilton, an adventurous mouse reporter, vacations in Australia, he encounters sharks, poisonous snakes, crocodiles, and ends up lost in the outback.
Monika Bang-Campbell (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Ba)
With a little courage and a lot of practice, Little Rat overcomes her fear of sailing and has a wonderful adventure. Look for more Little Rat titles.
John Reynolds Gardiner (Juvenile Fiction - J Gardine)
Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather’s farm with the purse from a dog sled race he enters.
Sara Pennypacker (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Pennypa)
Hoping to escape the attention brought on by the accident that flattened Stanley, the Lambchop family drives to South Dakota, where they become involved in a wild west adventure at Mt. Rushmore.