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Adventure Books

39 Clues series (Various authors--located on series wall)

Imagine waking up to find out that you belong to one of the most powerful families in the world. That is exactly what happens to siblings Amy and Dan Cahill. They very quickly find themselves plunged into a dangerous contest--and all their rivals have been training since birth. We recommend reading this series in order.

Crispin: Cross of Lead by Avi (J AVI)

He is an orphan who doesn't know his name or why he's been declared a "wolf's head," a criminal so vile he's no longer considered human. He only knows in order to stay alive, he must flee the small village that is the only home he's ever known. This adventure story is set in 14th century England and is a good choice for readers who like some history mixed with their adventure.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George (J GEO)

Have you ever dreamed of moving "to the middle of nowhere" and living off the land? Sam Gribley, fed up with life in a crowded New York City apartment, moves to the Catskills, sets up house in a hollow tree, and trains a wild falcon to hunt dinner for them both. Fans of Hatchet will enjoy this book as well.

Getting Air by Dan Gutman (J GUT)

Jimmy has always made fun of his sister for being a Girl Scout and an avid reader, but when the plane they are riding on crashes in the wilderness, he comes respect and rely on her survival skills.

Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (J NAY)

Roxie is certain that her uncle, a brave and famous adventurer, would be disappointed if he knew she was afraid of anything, so she tells no one that she and her friend Norman are being bullied. When Roxie and the bullies are accidently carried out to sea and wind up stranded on a desert island with dangerous criminals, however, Roxie uses the survival skills she has learned from her uncle to ensure everyone is safely rescued. A good choice for readers who like some humor in their adventure stories.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (J ODE)

After being accidently left behind by other members of her tribe, twelve year old Karana must figure out how to survive until a ship comes to rescue her. This novel is based on a true incident, where a Native American survived alone on an island from 1835-1853. She was a girl when her adventure started, but a grown woman before it ended.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (J PAU)

When the small plane he is flying in crashes, Brian finds himself alone in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on his back and the hatchet hooked to his belt. At first, his only plan is to wait to be rescued, but he soon realizes that he needs to take action if he is to survive.

Holes by Louis Sachar (J SAC)

What do sneakers falling from the sky, an outlaw named Kissin' Kate, and Caveman's no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather have to do with the fact that Stanley Yelnats is trying to survive with no food or water in a desert inaccurately named Camp Green Lake? This is a good adventure story for readers who like mysteries, puzzles, and stories where everything is not how it first appears.

Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka (J-SF SCI)

Have you ever thought it would be cool if your favorite book characters, like Harry Potter and Rick Riordan, could come to life as real people? The Time Warp Trio finds it is not so nice when they have to try to stop various literary villains from taking over the world.

The Cay by Theodore Taylor (J TAY)

This story takes place during World War II. When the ship he is traveling on is torpedoed by the Germans, Philip is blinded by the explosion and forced to try to survive on a tiny, uninhabited island. Luckily, Timothy, an elderly sailor, and Stew Cat, the ship's cat, have also survived the explosion and made it to the same island.

Escape Under the Forever Sky by Eve Yohalem (J YOH)

Lucy is living in Ethiopia, because her mother is the U.S. Ambassador there. When Lucy is kidnapped by terroists, she finds escaping her kidnappers is only the first step to survival--there are also the terrors of the African bush to contend with, including a pride of hungry lions.

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