Have An Adventure

Some of our favorite adventure stories for school-age children.

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff
Abel's Island

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.

Adventure According to Humphrey

Betty G. Birney
(Juvenile Fiction - J Birney)
Humphrey adventures: book 5

Humphrey, the classroom hamster, has adventures going to the library, learning about the ocean, and sailing across a pond on a sailboat.


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.

Akimbo and the Lions

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.)

Audacity Jones to the Rescue

Kirby Larson
(Juvenile Fiction - J Larson)
Larson, Kirby. Audacity Jones ; 1.

In 1910, Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan living a monotonous life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls, and wondering why nothing exciting ever happens--but when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield whisks her away to Washington D.C., she finds herself involved in a sinister and dangerous plot against the president of the United States.

Chews Your Destiny

Rhode Montijo
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Montijo)
Montijo, Rhode. Gumazing gum girl!

When Mom issues a no-gum rule, Gabby Gomez sneaks a piece of special bubble gum that turns her into a superhero.

Deep Waters

H.I. Larry
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Larry)
Zac Power: book 2

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.

Dinosaurs Before Dark

Mary Pope Osborne
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Osborne)
Magic tree house series: book 1

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.)

Dodsworth in New York

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.

Down and Out Down Under

Geronimo Stilton
(Juvenile Fiction - J Geronim)
Geronimo Stilton: book 29

When Geronimo Stilton, an adventurous mouse reporter, vacations in Australia, he encounters sharks, poisonous snakes, crocodiles, and ends up lost in the outback.

Everest: You Decide How to Survive!

Bill Doyle
(Juvenile Fiction - J Doyle)
Worst-case scenario ultimate adventure

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.

H.I.V.E.: Highter-Institute-of-Villainous-Education.*

Mark Walden
(Juvenile Fiction - J Waldren)
H.I.V.E. : Higher Institute of Villainous Education: book 1

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.

I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

Lauren Tarshis
(Juvenile Fiction - J Tarshis)
I survived

During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times?

Julie of the Wolves

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.)

Little Rat Sets Sail

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.

Mission Unstoppable

Dan Gutman
(Juvenile Fiction - J Gutman)
Genius Files: book 1

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.

Navigating Early

Clare Vanderpool
(Juvenile Fiction - J Vanderp)

Odyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

Rapunzel's Revenge

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)
Redwall saga: book 1

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.

Stone Fox

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.

The Adventures of Tintin

(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Herge)

Classic graphic novel adventure stories of the young reporter Tintin and his dog, Snowy. Look for more Tintin titles.

The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe

Roland Smith
(Juvenile Fiction - J Smith)

Captain Meriwether Lewis's dog Seaman describes his experiences as he accompanies his master on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore the uncharted western wilderness.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

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.

The Mount Rushmore Calamity

Sara Pennypacker
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Flat Pen)
Flat Stanley's worldwide adventures: book 1

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.

The Mysterious Benedict Society

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.

The Sign of the Beaver

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.

The Tale of Despereaux: being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread

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.

The Templeton Twins Have an Idea

Ellis Weiner
(Juvenile Fiction - J Weiner)
Weiner, Ellis. Templeton twins ; 1.

Abigail and John, the Templeton twins, and their dog Cassie, foil a pair of inept kidnappers intent on stealing one of their father's newest inventions.

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown
(Juvenile Fiction - J Brown)

Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island's hostile inhabitants.

Treasure Island

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.

Older Elementary

A Girl Named Disaster

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.

Code Name 711

F.T. Bradley
(Juvenile Fiction - J Bradley)
Bradley, F. T. Double vision ; 2.

For his second mission with Pandora, Linc Baker must go deep undercover in Washington, DC, using American spy history to catch a government mole bent on taking out the president. (Second in the Double Vision series.)

One Came Home

Amy Timberlake
(Juvenile Fiction - J Timberl)

In 1871 Wisconsin, thirteen-year-old Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead when remains are found with the dress she was last seen wearing. Before the end of the year, Gerogia gains fame as a sharpshooter and foiler of counterfeiters.

Popular Clone

M.E. Castle
(Juvenile Fiction - J Castle)
Castle, M. E. Clone chronicles ; 1.

Twelve-year-old Fisher Bas, a science-loving bully magnet, clones himself, only to discover that his double is infinitely cooler than himself. (First in The Clone Chronicles series.)

The Adventures of a South Pole Pig: A Novel of Snow and Courage

Chris Kurtz
(Juvenile Fiction - J Kurtz)

Flora the pig ditches the sedentary life on the farm for an adventure in Antarctica, where she escapes the knife and lives her dream of pulling a sled with a team of dogs.