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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Adventure

The 26-story Treehouse
The 26-story Treehouse By Griffiths, Andy, 1961- Book - 2014 J GRIFFITHS All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 13 copies

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.

The Abominables
The Abominables By Ibbotson, Eva Book - 2013 J IBBOTSON Available in some locations

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.

Adventure According to Humphrey
Adventure According to Humphrey By Birney, Betty G. Book - 2009 J BIRNEY Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 45 copies

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

Archie Takes Flight
Archie Takes Flight By Mass, Wendy, 1967- Book - 2014 J MASS Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 23 copies

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.

Around the World in 100 Days
Around the World in 100 Days By Blackwood, Gary L. Book - 2010 J BLACKWOOD Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

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.

The Boundless
The Boundless By Oppel, Kenneth, 1967- Book - 2014 J OPPEL Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 21 copies

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.

Cryptid Hunters
Cryptid Hunters By Smith, Roland, 1951- Book - 2006 J SMITH Available in some locations

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.

Doll Bones
Doll Bones By Black, Holly Book - 2013 J BLACK Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 36 copies

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.

Dragon Rider
Dragon Rider By Funke, Cornelia Caroline Book - 2004 J FUNKE Available in some locations

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.

Everest You Decide How to Survive! By Doyle, Bill H., 1968- Book - 2011 J DOYLE Available in some locations

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.

Flight of the Phoenix
Flight of the Phoenix By LaFevers, R. L. Book - 2009 J LAFEVERS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 79 copies

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."

Fortunately, the Milk
Fortunately, the Milk By Gaiman, Neil Book - 2013 J GAIMAN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 33 copies

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?

The Game of Sunken Places
The Game of Sunken Places By Anderson, M. T. Book - 2004 J ANDERSON Available in some locations

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.

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins By O'Dell, Scott, 1898-1989 Book - 1990 J O'DELL Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 36 copies

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.

Island of Thieves
Island of Thieves By Lacey, Josh Book - 2012 J LACEY Available in some locations

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.

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow
Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow By Rollins, James, 1961- Book - 2009 J ROLLINS Available in some locations

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.

Julie of the Wolves
Julie of the Wolves By George, Jean Craighead, 1919- Book - 1972 J GEORGE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 62 copies

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.

Leepike Ridge
Leepike Ridge By Wilson, Nathan D. Book - 2007 J WILSON Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 33 copies

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.

The Maze of Bones
The Maze of Bones By Riordan, Rick Book - 2008 J THIRTYNINE CLUES V.1 Available in some locations

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.

Mission Unstoppable
Mission Unstoppable By Gutman, Dan Book - 2011 J GUTMAN Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 22 copies

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.

Navigating Early
Navigating Early By Vanderpool, Clare Book - 2013 J VANDERPOOL Available in some locations

Annotation:Two boys travel on a wild and dangerous adventure, amidst mysterious circumstances.

Never Say Die
Never Say Die By Hobbs, Will Book - 2013 J HOBBS Available in some locations

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.

Rowan of Rin
Rowan of Rin By Rodda, Emily Book - 2001 J RODDA Available in some locations

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.

Shadow on the Mountain
Shadow on the Mountain By Preus, Margi Book - 2012 J PREUS All copies in use Availability details Holds: 23 on 41 copies

Annotation:In Nazi-occupied Norway, fourteen-year-old Espen joins the resistance movement, graduating from deliverer of illegal newspapers to courier and spy.

Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of A Japanese Boy By Blumberg, Rhoda Book - 2001 J952.025092 BLU Available in some locations

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.

The Thief
The Thief By Turner, Megan Whalen Book - 1996 J TURNER Available in some locations

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.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle By Avi, 1937- Book - 1992 J AVI Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 19 copies

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.


These chapter books for ages 8-12 offer excitement, danger, and explorations in unknown territories.