Adventure Books

If your kids like exciting books they can't put down, then look no further than this list of our favorite adventure stories. From colorful picture books and tales of swashbuckling pirates to demigods and dark magicians, these books are sure to thrill all ages.

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The Paper Princess Book Poster Image
Gorgeously illustrated adventure fosters imagination.
By Elisa Kleven
(2013)
(1998)
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Quest Book Poster Image
Visually captivating story is full of adventure, wonder.
By Aaron Becker
(2014)
(2014)
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Sebastian and the Balloon Book Poster Image
Gentle adventure about going wherever the wind takes you.
By Philip C. Stead
(2014)
(2014)
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The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon Book Poster Image
Tableware goes bad in sumptuously drawn tale.
By Mini Grey, Ruth Belov Gross
(2006)
(2006)
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The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True Book Poster Image
Perfect "knightly" read-aloud for younger children.
By Gerald Morris
(2012)
(2011)
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Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Series Book Poster Image
Captivating adventures of globe-trotting, crime-solving boy.
By Elizabeth Singer Hunt
(2016)
(2007)
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Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight Book Poster Image
Delightful, funny dad-son space-travel adventure.
By Wendy Mass, Michael Brawer
(2014)
(2014)
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The Adventures of Odysseus Book Poster Image
Smart picture-book version of the classic tale.
By Hugh Lupton
(2007)
(2006)
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Broken Pride: Bravelands, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Intense, sometimes violent start to rich, vivid animal saga.
By Erin Hunter
(2017)
(2017)
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The Door in the Alley: The Explorers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fun characters, creepy villains in adventurous quest.
By Adrienne Kress
(2017)
(2017)
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Guardians of the Taiga: Wild Rescuers, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Minecraft wolf-girl heroine shines in exciting book debut.
By StacyPlays
(2018)
(2018)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book Poster Image
Magical start of the fantastic boy-wizard series.
By J. K. Rowling
(2005)
(1998)
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The Imaginary Book Poster Image
Quirky adventure about the power of friendship and fantasy.
By A.F. Harrold
(2015)
(2015)
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The Magic Misfits, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Fast-paced, fun adventure about kid magician finding home.
By Neil Patrick Harris
(2017)
(2017)
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Minion Book Poster Image
Terrific page-turner has it all: action, humor, and heart.
By John David Anderson
(2014)
(2014)
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The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse Book Poster Image
Kids aim to foil villain's plans in quirky retro romp.
By Nicholas Gannon
(2017)
(2017)
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The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio Book Poster Image
Author's last is a rousing, delightful adventure.
By Lloyd Alexander
(2008)
(2007)
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The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Greek myths meet fast-paced adventure in boy-demigod tale.
By Rick Riordan
(2005)
(2005)
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The Mad Wolf's Daughter Book Poster Image
Mighty tween heroine rocks fun, thrilling medieval tale.
By Diane Magras
(2018)
(2018)
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Masterminds Book Poster Image
Mystery, adventure, laughs in imaginative series start.
By Gordon Korman
(2015)
(2015)
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North to Freedom Book Poster Image
Hard to put down, and harder to forget.
By Anne Holm
(2005)
(1969)
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The Secret of the Unicorn: The Adventures of Tintin Book Poster Image
Exciting pirate-treasure search in classic Tintin series.
By Herge
(2011)
(1943)
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The Serpent's Secret: Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Rushed, fun adventure with Indian princess in combat boots.
By Sayantani DasGupta
(2018)
(2018)
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The Sign of the Cat Book Poster Image
Engrossing fantasy has high-seas adventure, talking cats.
By Lynne Jonell
(2015)
(2015)
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Urban Outlaws Book Poster Image
Fun, tech-savvy start to orphaned spy kids series.
By Peter Jay Black
(2014)
(2014)
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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book Poster Image
Myth-based, modernized fantasy is nonstop fun.
By Michael Scott
(2007)
(2007)
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The Ear, the Eye and the Arm Book Poster Image
Amazing adventure about siblings lost in a future Zimbabwe.
By Nancy Farmer
(2013)
(2014)
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The False Prince: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Page-turning adventure of false identity and intrigue.
By Jennifer A. Nielsen
(2012)
(2012)
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Nail-biting, violent fantasy has elements of mystery.
By Philip Pullman
(2005)
(1998)
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Holes Book Poster Image
Humorous and moving story has an edge.
By Louis Sachar
(2004)
(2000)
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The Lost Hero: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Percy Jackson series spin-off is almost as delightful.
By Rick Riordan
(2010)
(2010)
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Runemarks Book Poster Image
Thrilling epic for experienced fantasy readers.
By Joanne Harris
(2008)
(2008)
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Treasure Island Book Poster Image
The granddaddy of kids' adventures -- a classic.
By Robert Louis Stevenson
(2009)
(1883)
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The Unwanteds, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Magical fantasy has peril, battles, positive messages.
By Lisa McMann
(2011)
(2011)
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Operation Red Jericho: The Guild of Specialists, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Top-notch, rip-roaring adventure with fantasy violence.
By Joshua Mowll
(2005)
(2005)
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I Am Still Alive Book Poster Image
Teen survives alone in the wilderness in gripping thriller.
By Kate Alice Marshall
(2018)
(2018)
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The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp Book Poster Image
Likable loser tries to save world in action-packed novel.
By Rick Yancey
(2006)
(2006)
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Seafire, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Swashbuckling all-girl crew fuels thrilling dystopian tale.
By Natalie C. Parker
(2018)
(2018)
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