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Adventure Stories

This list is in two parts. The first are for readers in grades 3-4 and the second for grades 5 and older. Click on the book cover for imformation on location in the Library and availability.


Cam Jansen and the Mystery Writer Mystery
David A. Adler
Cam Jansen battles a famous children's mystery writer to see who can solve the case of the stolen car.

Meet Samantha
Susan S. Adler
In 1904, nine-year-old Samantha, an orphan living with her wealthy grandmother and her servant friend Nellie have a midnight adventure when they try to find out what has happened to the seamstress who suddenly left her job. 

The End of the Beginning: being the adventures of a small snail (and an even smaller ant)
Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.

Julian, Secret Agent
Ann Cameron
When Julian, his little brother Huey and their friend Gloria decide to be "crime busters" they find themselves in one adventure after another.

Mercy Watson Goes For A Ride
Kate DiCamillo
Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.

The Dream Stealer
Sid Fleischman
A plucky Mexican girl tries to recover her dream from the Dream Stealer who taker her to his castle where countless dreams and even more adventures wait.


In the Bathroom
J.C. Greenburg
After being shrunk by a shrinking machine and ending up on a dog having a bubble bath, Alexander, his cousin Judy and a tiny robot try to survie encounters with insetcs, soap bubbles and bathtub and toilet drains.

The Last Cowboys
Harry Horse
In a series of letters to his grandson, an elderly gentleman relates how he and his remarkable little dog traveled to American on an expedition to the Wild West to find the dog's grandather, rumored to be living among cowboys following a successful movie career.

Pee Wee & Plush
Johanna Hurwitz
Pee Wee the guinea pig and his friend Lexi the squirrel help a new guinea pig adjust to life in the wilds of New York City's Central Park, but are unsure what to do about the approach of winter.

Also in this series:


Toys Go Out
Emily Jenkins

Six stories that relate the adventures of three best friends who happen to be toys.

Three Stories You Can Read to Your Teddy Bear 
Sara Swan Miller

Bored with sitting on a shelf day after day, a teddy bear sets out on three adventures and inadverntently gets the family dog and cat in trouble.

Pirates Eat Porridge
Christopher Morgan

While Mom and Dad are away, a pirate takes Billy and his sister Heidi on a wild adventure sailing their "fish-stick finger" house to Itchy Ear Island while telling them quirky facts about pirates, parrots and cabbages.

Roxies and the Holligans
Phyllis Reyonlds Naylor

Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.

Afternoon on the Amazon
Mary Pope Osborne

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie and Peanut the mouse ride in a tree house in the Amazon rain forests where they encounter giant ants, flesh-eating prianhas, hungry crocodiles and wild jaguars.

The Great Egyptian Grave Robber
Sara Pennypacker

Asked to travel to Egypt to help with an urgent archaeological expedition, Flat Stanley suspects that he might be helping grave robbers and must rely on his quick thinking, unique flatness and some new friends to make things right.

Also in the series:


Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter
Dav Pilkey

General jackrabbit and his Robo-Rabbits from Jupiter attempt to take over the world on Ricky Ricotta's birthday.

Others in the series:


Mystery at the Washingon Monument
Ron Roy

When KC and Marshall see lights flickering at night in the Washington Monument, their investigation turns up a monkey, a hole in one of the monument stones, and a hundred-year-old mystery. Late at night KC and Marshall are sleeping out on the White House lawn when they see suspicious lights flickering at the top of the Washington Monument. If that's not strange enough, the next day a monkey is found inside the building! KC and Marshall set off on a wild adventure to solve a 100-year-old mystery that involves a jewel thief, long-lost diamonds, and one of Washington's most famous and historic landmarks.

The Sword in the Grotto
Angie Sage

With the help of the ghost Edmund, Araminta and Wanda survive a trip through a secret tunnel to bring back a present for Sir Horace's birthday.

Maybelle Goes to Tea
Katie Speck

Maybelle the cockroach follows the advice of her new fly friend Maurice and tumbles into a terrifying but tasty adventure during Mrs. Peabody's Ladies' Spring Tea.

Also in the series:

Pete's Disappearing Act
Robert C. Obrien

When Pete the performing poodle and Rita the chimp are swept away from the circus in a tornado, they encounter frightening adventures--and make new friends--as they try to return home.


The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio
Lloyd Alexander

Naive and bumbling Carlo, his shady camel-puller Baksheesh, and Shira, a girl determined to return home, follow a treasure map through the deserts and cities of the infamous Golden Road, as mysterious strangers try in vain to point them toward real treasures.

City of the Beasts
Isabel Allende

When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother to a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.

The Pirates of Crocodile Swamp
Jim Aronosky

Kidnapped by their father, two boys escape into the mangrove swamps of Key Largo, Florida, where they learn to live on their own among the wildlife.

The Secret History of Tom Trueheart
Ian Beck

When young Tom Trueheart's seven older brothers all go missing during their adventures in the Land of Stories, he embarks on a perilous mission to save them and to capture the rogue story-writer who wants to do away with the heroes.

Young Samurai: The way of a warrior
Chris Bradford

Orphaned by a ninja pirate attack off the coast of Japan in 1611, twelve-year-old English lad Jack Fletcher is determined to prove himself, despite the bullying of fellow students, when the legendary sword master who rescued him begins training him as a samurai warrior.

The Dark Ground
Gillian Cross

Robert wakes up naked and alone in a thick jungle. The last thing he remembers is being in a plane with his family, but there is no sign of a crash or survivors. Then he discovers the shocking truth--he is in the park near his house, but his familiar world has been transformed into an alien landscape. When he finds others in the same position, he enlists their help in getting back home. But the journey is more perilous than Robert could ever imagine.

Bringing Ezra Back
Cynthia C. DeFelice

In the mid-1800s, twelve-year-old Nathan journeys from his farm on the Ohio frontier to Western Pennsylvania to rescue a friend held captive by the owners of a freak show.

Jackie French

Captured by Vikings, young Hekja is taken as a slave to Greenland by the daughter of Erik the Red, and accompanied by no one from her homeland but her loyal dog, shares adventures with her new mistress, who is determined to make a name for herself as her father and brother have.

Toad Rage
Morris Gleitzman

Determined to understand why humans hate cane toads and to improve relations between the species, Limpy embarks on a dangerous trek from his swamp to the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Corydon and the Fall of Atlantis
Tobias Druitt

Corydon, an outcast Greek boy with the leg of a goat, reluctantly sets off on another adventure with the "monsters" of Greek mythology when the Minotaur is apparently kidnapped by the people of Atlantis.

Crossing the Wire
Will Hobbs

Fifteen-year-old Victor Flores journeys north in a desperate attempt to cross the Arizona border and find work in the United States to support his family in central Mexico.

Anthony Horowitz
While working with the Australian Secret Service on a dangerous mission, teenaged spy Alex Rider uncovers information about his parents.
Voyage of Slaves
Brian Jacques 
Continuing their adventures through space and time, Ben and his faithful dog, Ned, find themselves in the Mediterranean region in 1703, befriended by a troupe of traveling entertainers and relentlessly pursued by ruthless Barbary slave traders..

Trouble in Timbuktu
Cristina Kessler
Ignoring her parents' wishes, as well as the customary place of women in Timbuktu society, twelve-year-old Ayisha joins her twin brother in trying to stop a pair of tourists from stealing an ancient manuscript.

Troll Blood
Katherine Langrish
When the cunning seafaring trader Gunnar, and his short-tempered, sword-wielding son, Harald Silkenhair, land in Trollsvik looking for a crew for a journey to Vinland, fifteen-year-old Peer, suspicious of their motives, reluctantly agrees to join them, mostly to watch over his friend Hilde who is eager to sail to the New World as companion to Gunnar's wife Astrid.

The Castaways
Lain Lawrence
Bad luck continues to follow Tom Tin and his mates as they find themselves aboard a formerly abandoned ship, are taught to be sailors by two black-hearted castaways they rescue, and sail to a Caribbean island where they make important new friends and enemies
to Gunnar's wife Astrid.

The Killing Sea
Richard Lewis

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami in Sumatra, two teenagers, American Sarah and Acehnese Ruslan, meet and continue together their arduous climb inland, where Ruslan hopes to find his father and Sarah seeks a doctor for her brother.

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis
Barbara O’Connor
In Fayette, South Carolina, the highlight of Popeye's summer is learning vocabulary words with his grandmother until a motor home gets stuck nearby and Elvis, the oldest boy living inside, joins Popeye in finding the source of strange boats floating down the creek.

The Lioness and her Knight
Gerald Morris 

Headstrong sixteen-year-old Lady Luneta and her distant cousin, Sir Ywain, travel to Camelot and beyond finding more adventure than they hoped for until, with the help of a fool, Luneta discovers what she really wants from life.

Kensuke’s Kingdom
Michael Morpurgo
When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not alone.

Day of the Assassins: A Jack Christie Novel
Johnny O’Brien
Fifteen-year-old Jack is sent to 1914 Europe as a pawn in the battle between his long-lost father, who has built a time machine, and a secret network of scientists who want to prevent him from trying to use it to change history for the better. Includes historical notes.

Simon’s Dream
Susan Schade
Thelonius the chipmunk, his talking animal friends, and Bill, the tiny human scientist, continue to combat those who would destroy Fog Mound, and even the Earth itself, for personal gain, while learning more truths about the time of the Human Occupation.

The Siren Song
Anne Ursu
Thirteen-year-old Charlotte must rescue humankind again when the evil Philonecron captures her cousin Zee, and Poseidon himself sends a sea monster to eat the cruise ship on which Charlotte's parents are trapped.
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