Staff Picks

Have An Adventure

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

Children's Services Staff

Older Elementary

A Girl Named Disaster     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.

Airman     Airman    
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.

Everest: You Decide How to Survive!     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.

Fish     Fish    
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.

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

Hatchet     Hatchet    
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.

Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware     Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware    
M.T. Anderson
    (Juvenile Fiction - J Anderso)
Pals in peril tale: book 3

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.

Julie of the Wolves     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.)

Mission Unstoppable     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.

Rapunzel's Revenge     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.

Redwall     Redwall    
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.

Rowan Hood, Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest     Rowan Hood, Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest    
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.

The Adventures of Tintin     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 Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen     The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen    
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.

The Last Musketeer     The Last Musketeer    
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."

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg     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 Mysterious Benedict Society     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     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     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 Thief     The Thief    
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.

The Whipping Boy     The Whipping Boy    
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.

Treasure Island     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.

Younger Elementary

Abel's Island     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     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.

Akimbo and the Lions     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.)

Deep Waters     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     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     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     Down and Out Down Under    
Geronimo Stilton
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - 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.

Little Rat Sets Sail     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.

Stone Fox     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 Mount Rushmore Calamity     The Mount Rushmore Calamity    
Sara Pennypacker
    (Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Pennypa)
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.