Have An Adventure

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

Compiled by:
Children's Services Staff

Younger Elementary

Adventure According to Humphrey

Betty G. Birney
(Juvenile Fiction - J Birney)
Series: World According to Humphrey; 5

*This item also available on LibbyHumphrey, 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

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.)

Chews Your Destiny

Rhode Montijo
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Montijo)
Series: Gum Girl; 1

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

Dinosaurs Before Dark

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

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryEight-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.

Geronimo Stilton. 29, Down and Out Down Under
(Juvenile Fiction - J Geronim)
Series: 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

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.

The Mount Rushmore Calamity

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

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaHoping 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.

Poison Island

H.I. Larry
(Juvenile First Chapter Books - J Larry)
Series: Zac Power; 1

Separated from his parents and older brother, twelve-year-old Zac, a secret agent of the Government Investigation Bureau, must rely on his own skills to obtain the formula for Dr. Drastic's secret Solution X.

Older Elementary

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.


Eoin Colfer
(Juvenile Fiction - J Colfer)

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaIn 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.

Alanna: The First Adventure

Tamora Pierce
(Juvenile Fiction - J Pierce)
Series: Song of the Lioness; 1

*This item also available on LibbyEleven-year-old Alanna, who aspires to be a knight even though she is a girl, disguises herself as a boy to become a royal page and learns many hard lessons along her path to high adventure.

Audacity Jones to the Rescue

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

*This item also available on Hoopla (audiobook). 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.

The Book of Boy

Catherine Gilbert Murdock
(Juvenile Fiction - J Murdock)

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaBullied and marginalized because of the hump on his back and his tendency to talk to animals, Boy is engaged as a servant to a shadowy pilgrim who takes him on an expedition across Europe to steal seven religious artifacts from dangerous enemies.

The Cardboard Kingdom:

Chad Sell
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J-GN Sell Cardboard Kingdom)

*This item also available on LibbyFollows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who make costumes from cardboard and use their imagination to create adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.

Dactyl Hill Squad

Daniel Jose Older
(Juvenile Fiction - J Older)
Series: Dactyl Hill Squad; 1

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryDuring the Civil War, orphan Magdalys Roca is just trying to survive, but when she receives a letter telling her that her brother Montez is wounded, she is determined to reach him and her ability to communicate telepathically with dinosaurs may help.

Everest: You Decide How to Survive!

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

*This item also available on Cloud Library and HooplaAs 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.

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.

H.I.V.E.: Higher-Institute-of-Villainous-Education

Mark Walden
(Juvenile Fiction - J Waldren)
Series: 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.

Harriet the Invincible

Ursula Vernon
(Juvenile Fiction - J Vernon)
Series: Hamster Princess; 1

*This item also available on LibbyNever a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.


Gary Paulsen
(Juvenile Fiction - J Pa)

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud Library (audiobook). 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)
Series: I survived

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and Hoopla (audiobook). During the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, one boy struggles to escape. Can he survive the most devastating disaster of ancient times?

The Inquisitor's Tale, or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Adam Gidwitz
(Juvenile Fiction - J Gidwitz)

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryCrossing paths at an inn, thirteenth-century travelers impart the tales of a monastery oblate, a Jewish refugee, and a psychic peasant girl with a loyal greyhound, the three of whom join forces on a chase through France to escape persecution.

Julie of the Wolves

Jean Craighead George
(Juvenile Fiction - J George)

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaAn 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

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

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaOn 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.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

W. Rodman Philbrick
(Juvenile Fiction - J Philbri)

*This item also available on Libby (audiobook). 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

Trenton Lee Stewart
(Juvenile Fiction - J Stewart)

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryAfter 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.

Navigating Early

Clare Vanderpool
(Juvenile Fiction - J Vanderp)

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryOdyssey-like adventure of two boys' incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

One Came Home

Amy Timberlake
(Juvenile Fiction - J Timberl)

*This item also available on Libby (audiobook) and Cloud LibraryIn 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)
Series: Castle, M. E. Clone chronicles ; 1.

*This item also available on Cloud Library and HooplaTwelve-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.)

Rapunzel's Revenge

Shannon Hale
(Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Hale)

*This item also available on LibbyIn this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso to take on outlaws.


Brian Jacques
(Juvenile Fiction - J Jacques)
Series: Redwall; 1

*This item also available on LibbyThe peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the evil rat Cluny. Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find a legendary sword, which will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy.

The Sign of the Beaver

Elizabeth George Speare
(Juvenile Fiction - J Speare)

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryLeft 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)

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaThe 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.

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson
(Juvenile Classics - J Stevens)

*This item also available on Libby, Cloud Library, and HooplaWhile 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.

The Wild Robot

Peter Brown
(Juvenile Fiction - J Brown)

*This item also available on Libby and Cloud LibraryRoz 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.