KCLS Recommends: Children's - Adventure
Annotation:Andy and Terry recount the story of how they first met, an adventure marked by emergency shark operations, giant storms, and wooden pirate heads.
Annotation: A century after a yeti captures Lady Agatha Farlingham and takes her to a hidden valley to raise his motherless children, tourism threatens their peaceful existence and young Con and Ellen take these educated and civilized yetis across Europe to Lady Agatha's home in England.
Annotation:Humphrey the classroom hamster has adventures going to the library, learning about the ocean, and sailing across a pond on a sailboat.
Annotation:On Take Your Kid to Work Day, eight-year-old Archie discovers that his father drives a space taxi that shuttles aliens from one area of the universe to another.
Annotation:Picking up where Around the World in Eighty Days left off, 17-year-old Harry Fogg, the son of Phileas Fogg, has just made a wager that he can drive a steam-powered motorcar all the way around the world in only 100 days, putting to good use his recklessness and fascination with all things mechanical that have caused him so much trouble in Victorian England.
Annotation:Aboard The Boundless, the greatest train ever built, on its maiden voyage across Canada, teenaged Will enlists the aid of a traveling circus to save the train from villains.
Annotation:Thirteen-year-old twins, Grace and Marty, along with their mysterious Uncle Wolfe, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.
Annotation:Zach, Alice, and Poppy, friends from a Pennsylvania middle school who have long enjoyed acting out imaginary adventures with dolls and action figures, embark on a real-life quest to Ohio to bury a doll made from the ashes of a dead girl.
Annotation:Firedrake, a brave young dragon, embarks upon a dangerous journey with a orphan named Ben and a wise-cracking Brownie to a magical place in the Himalayas where dragons can find safety from humans.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a "beastologist."
Annotation:When a father runs out to buy milk for his children's breakfast cereal, the last thing he expects is to be abducted by aliens, and he soon finds himself transported through time and space on an extraordinary adventure, where the fate of the universe depends on him and the milk--but will his children believe his wild story?
Annotation:Brian and Gregory, two 13-year-old friends, take a vacation to meet Gregory's Uncle Max, a very strange and mysterious man, living in an old mansion surrounded by a dark forest. At this spooky old mansion the boys soon find they are players in a life or death adventure.
Annotation:eft alone on a beautiful but isolated island, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
Annotation:Tom goes with his Uncle Harvey to Peru, where they narrowly escape imprisonment and death as they hunt for buried treasure after tracking down a journal written by John Drake, a young relative of Sir Francis Drake, on a voyage to Lima in 1577.
Annotation:Connecticut middle-schooler Jake and his older sister Kady are transported by a Mayan artifact to a strange world inhabited by a mix of people from long-lost civilizations who are threatened by prehistoric creatures and an evil alchemist, the Skull King.
Annotation:While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack.
Annotation:While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom Hammond, presumed dead after drifting away down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.
Annotation:Dan and Amy Cahill are given the choice of receiving a million dollars or uncovering the thirty-nine clues hidden around the world that will lead to the source of the family's power, but by taking on the clues, they end up in a dangerous race against their own family.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:Fifteen-year-old half-Inuit Nick and his white brother, Ryan, meet and share an adventure on the Firth River in the Canadian Arctic, facing white water, wild animals and fierce weather as Ryan documents the effects of climate change on caribou for National Geographic magazine.
Annotation:Because only he can read the magical map, young, weak and timid Rowan joins six other villagers to climb a mountain and try to restore their water supply, as fears of a dragon and other horrors threaten to drive them back.
Annotation:In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.
Annotation:This is the amazing true story of 14-year-old Manjiro, the first Japanese person to come to America. Shipwrecked and marooned on a tiny island, Manjiro and four other crew members took shelter in a small cave and ate raw bird meat because they had no way to make a fire. They were cold. They had only a handful of water to drink each day. Worst of all they knew they could never go back to Japan.
Annotation: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.
Annotation:Accused and convicted of murder, thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle decides to reveal what really happened aboard the Seahawk--a ship piloted by a tyrannical captain and crewed by mutinous seamen--during the summer of 1832.
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These chapter books for ages 8-12 offer excitement, danger, and explorations in unknown territories.