Adventure Chapter Books for Kids
Lost in the Pacific, 1942: Not a Drop to Drink by Tod Olson ADVENTURE / TRUE STORY (ages 8 – 12)
(Next in the series: Lost in Outer Space: The Incredible Journey of Apollo 13.)
Survivor Diaries Overboard! by Terry Lynn Johnson ADVENTURE (pub: 7/2017) (ages 8 – 12)
Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart ADVENTURE (ages 8 – 12)
Sent to an isolated boy’s prison, Jonathan has little time to adjust before all the prison’s adults are killed in a freak lightning accident. Soon a Lord of the Flies scenario develops, Jonathan’s friend is banished from the group, and a mysterious old librarian gives Jonathan books to read that strangely seem perfect for his situation. When a dangerous storm threatens the entire island, Jonathan must decide if he will abandon his guilt and step up to help the other boys. Moral dilemmas, suspense and action, plus good writing make this an engrossing adventure.
Horizon by Scott Westerfeld ADVENTURE / SCI-FI (ages 8 – 12)
First of seven in the series written by different authors, Scott Westerfeld of Uglies fame, kicks us off with this first book about a plane crash over the Arctic Circle with only 8 kid survivors. The wrecked plane lands in a sinister jungle filled with attacking vines, shredder birds, and two moons in the sky. What happened to the Artic? When the kids find an anti-gravity tool, they use it to help them fly so they can locate water and eventually, hunt for answers to where they are. They suspect someone engineered this dangerous world and more importantly, the kids need those people’s help –Molly is getting sicker from the glowing green bird bite on her shoulder and they don’t want another death.* Action-packed with unique characters, you’ll be hooked on this sci-fi adventure series and waiting anxiously for book 2.
*The adults on the plane are presumed dead and one of the kids dies during the story.
PLAY the Horizon video game on the Scholastic site.
Read an excerpt here.
All of these titles are added to my master lists:
Best Books for 7 Year Olds
Best Books for 8 Year Olds
Best Books for 9 Year Olds
Best Books for 10-Year Olds
Best Books for 11-Year Olds
Best Books for 12-Year Olds