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Adventure Books

for Middle Grade (4th-6th) and Young Adult Readers

Choose from a category above to see the book lists and descriptions.

"Outside a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."
Groucho Marx



Welcome! This site is for parents, teachers, librarians,
teens and kids-
anyone looking for a good book.  


What is an adventure book?

It's a book that carries you into another time or place, and takes you along on journey of excitement and thrills.   The only books I don't cover on this site are YA paranormals, because there are just too many of them for me to keep up with, and many other sites do review and recommend them.

Many books can fit in more than one category, especially the ones with fantasy elements, but in the interests of time (mine) each is only listed in one. Please check out some categories you might not normally choose.


Have a favorite book? Click on the link below to find out how to make a suggestion.

How books were chosen



Want to write your
own adventure story?


Click on the doorway below
to find tips for young writers.



Many of these books are good for more reluctant readers as well as avid readers. The pacing and excitement of adventure stories will keep them turning the pages.



This site is maintained by Dee Garretson, who writes her own adventure books.


Teachers, Homeschoolers and Librarians:

Dee does complimentary 20 minute Skype visits with groups interested in talking about adventure books or writing. Contact her at deegarretson at gmail.com


Escape from Camp David:




Adventure Books - Book Club Discussion Questions


Adventure books are great choices for young reader book clubs: elementary school-age, tween, and young adult. The books are exciting enough to keep everyone in the group interested and participating.



There are some general questions below that work with almost all adventure books. You may be able to find questions for specific books by going to authors' or publishers' websites.


1. How would you feel if you were in the main character's place, embarking on this adventure? Would you be scared? Excited? Both?

2. Often adventures test us in ways we don't expect. How were the characters in the book tested?

3. Did the characters discover they had certain skills that helped them in the adventure? Skills they didn't know would be useful?

4. Did the characters make some bad choices along the way? Why did they do that?

5. What part of this adventure was the most exciting for you? What part was the most frightening?

6. Was there a part of this adventure you would like to experience yourself?



Adventure books for kids



Some Classic Adventure Books:



  When disaster strikes and the security systems at Camp David go into lockdown, Luke Brockett, the President's son, and his friends must escape before it's too late.
Published by Harper, a divison of HarperCollins


  Sometimes filming a movie can go very wrong ... and turn all too real. Stefan Andris never expected his dream adventure to turn into a real-life survival story. Published by Harper, a division of HarperCollins


Art student Clary Ashton thought studying painting in Paris was a dream come true, until a murder and a royal assassination plot throw her between two dangerous men, a vicious revolutionary who will stop at nothing to carry out his plans and the young intrepid British secret agent determined to stop him.


Adventure books for kids