Adventure Fiction (Grades 4-6)

Abbott, Tony.  The Forbidden Stone.  J FIC Abbott  (Copernicus Legacy SERIES)
Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, mind-blowing quest to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.  SEQUELThe Serpent’s Curse (2014)

Adam, Paul.  Max Cassidy: Escape from Shadow Island.  J FIC Adam
British fourteen-year-old Max Cassidy calls on his skills and training as a professional escape artist when he attempts to clear his mother of murdering his father, who disappeared two years earlier in the Central American country of Santo Domingo.

Anderson, M.T.  The Games of Sunken Places.  JPB A (SERIES)
When two boys stay with an eccentric relative at his mansion in rural Vermont, they discover an old-fashioned board game that draws them into a mysterious adventure. SEQUELS: The Suburbs Beyond the Stars (2010) The Empire of Gut and Bone (2011).

Avi.  Windcatcher.  J PB A
While learning to sail during a visit to his grandmother’s home at the Connecticut shore, eleven-year-old Tony becomes excited about the rumors of sunken treasure in the area and starts following a couple who seem to be making a mysterious search for something.

Baker, Matthew.  If You Find This.  J FIC Baker
When the grandfather he never knew is released from prison suffering from dementia, 11-year-old Nicholas, a mathematical and musical genius, tries to save the family’s home by helping search for heirlooms Grandpa claims to have buried.

Banks, Angelica.  Finding Serendipity.  J FIC Banks
When Tuesday McGillycuddy and her beloved dog Baxterr discover that Tuesday’s mother–the famous author Serendipity Smith–has gone missing, they set out on a magical adventure. In their quest to find Serendipity, they discover the mysterious and unpredictable place that stories come from.

Barry, Dave.  The Worst Class Trip Ever.  J FIC Barry
When the eighth grade civics class of Miami’s Culver Middle School goes on a trip to Washington, D.C., Wyatt Palmer finds himself in deep trouble before the plane even lands because his best friend, Matt, has decided the men sitting behind them are terrorists and it is up to the boys to stop them.

Bernstein, Jonathan.  Spy-in-Training.  J FIC Bernstein  (Bridget Wilder SERIES)
An adopted middle child receives an unexpected package on an otherwise unremarkable birthday inviting her to join a super-secret division of the CIA.  SEQUEL: Spy to the Rescue (2016).

Brumbach, Andrew.  The Eye of Midnight.  J FIC Brumbach
Arriving at the manor of a grandfather they barely know in the stormy spring of 1929, William and Maxine are whisked away to New York City, where they receive help from a tenacious girl in the wake of their grandfather’s disappearance as they find themselves targeted by gangsters and assassins.

Dahl, Michael.  Skyfall.  J FIC Dahl (SERIES)
During a meteor shower above the town of Zion Falls, Pablo and his friends discover that some monsters are real when they are attacked by hungry trolls.

Doan, Lisa.  Jack the Castaway.  J FIC Doan
Upon the death of his Aunt Julia, twelve-year-old Jack is whisked by his scheming and dreaming parents from Pennsylvania to a small Caribbean island, Compano, and soon finds himself alone on a deserted island.

Fleischman, Sid.  The Whipping Boy.  J FIC Fleischman/ J PB F
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.

Fry, Erin.  Secrets of the Book.  J FIC Fry
Sixth-grader Spencer Lemon has no idea why he was chosen to protect Pandora’s Book, a book that contains famous dead people who can be brought back to life. Soon he discovers there are other people interested in the book, people who may have evil intentions, and it’s up to Spencer and his friends to protect the book and save the world.

Gannon, Nicholas.  The Doldrums.  Y FIC Gannon
An eccentric like all Helmsleys, eleven-year-old Archer escapes his overprotective mother and recruits two friends, Oliver and Adelaide, to help him plan a rescue of his long-lost grandparents, world-famous explorers who disappeared atop an iceberg in the Antarctic.

George, Jean Craighead.  My Side of the Mountain.  J FIC George/ J PB G
A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains  including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.

Grabenstein, Chris.  The Island of Dr. Libris.  J FIC Grabenstein
A twelve-year-old boy, worried that his parents may divorce, discovers that an island in the middle of the lake where he is spending the summer is the testing grounds of the mysterious Dr. Libris, who may have invented a way to make the characters in books come alive.

Hautman, Pete.  The Flinkwater Factor.  J FIC Flinkwater
Thirteen-year-old Ginger investigates a series of weird events taking place in her hometown of Flinkwater, Iowa, beginning with people falling into comas while using their computers.

Jocelyn, Marthe.  Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book.  J FIC Jocelyn
When chubby, geeky Wylder Wallace spills lunch on cool and aloof Addy Crowe at Toronto’s Comicon, she dashes to the bathroom, leaving behind the latest issue of her uncle’s steampunk comic hit. Wylder, a fan of the Flynn Goster comics, opens this new one eagerly, astounded to see the girl who was just yelling at him inside the comic. Fascinated, he follows Addy into the bathroom and the adventure begins.

Johnson, Terry Lynn.  Ice Dogs.  J FIC Johnson
In this survival story set in Alaska, fourteen-year-old Vicky and her dog sled team find an injured sledder in the wilderness.

Kehret, Peg.  Earthquake Terror.  JPB K
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in Northern California where his family is camping, twelve-year-old Jonathan must find a way to keep himself, his partially paralyzed sister and their dog alive until help arrives.

King, Caro.  Seven Sorcerers.  J FIC King
When eleven-year-old Nin Redfern wakes up one rainy Wednesday morning to discover that her younger brother has ceased to exist, she must venture into a magical land called the Drift where she grapples with bogeymen, tombfolk, mudmen, and the spirits of sorcerers to try and rescue him. SEQUEL: Shadow Spell (2012)

Konigsburg, E.L.   From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.   J FIC Konigsburg/J PB K
Two runaway children make their home in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Korman, Gordon.  Masterminds.  J FIC Korman  (SERIES)
A group of kids discovers they were cloned from the DNA of some of the greatest criminal masterminds in history for a sociological experiment.  SEQUELOutlaws 2.0 (2016).

Larson, Kirby.  Audacity Jones to the Rescue.  J FIC Larson
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.

Lerangis, Peter.  The Colossus Rises.  J FIC Lerangis  (Seven Wonders SERIES)
Teens Jack, Marco, Aly, and Cass begin a quest to find seven pieces of Atlantis’ power that were hidden long ago and that will, if returned to Atlantis, save them from certain death due to the genetic abnormality that also gives them superior abilities.

Magoon, Kekla.  Shadows of Sherwood.  J FIC Maggon
When Nott City is taken over by a harsh governor, Ignomus Crown, and her parents disappear, twelve-year-old Robyn Loxley flees for her life and joins a group of children trying to take back what is rightfully theirs in this futuristic retelling of Robin Hood.

Mikaelsen, Ben.  Jungle of Bones.  J FIC Mikaelsen
When sullen teenager Dylan Barstow is caught joyriding in a stolen car he is sent to his ex-Marine uncle for the summer, but soon they are on the way to Papua New Guinea in search of a World War II fighter plane and Dylan discovers that defiance is not asurvival skill when you are lost in a jungle.

Milford, Kate.  Greenglass House.  J FIC Milford
At Greenglass House, a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.

Morgan, Clay.  The Boy Who Spoke Dog.  J FIC Morgan
After being marooned on an island near New Zealand, Jack, an orphaned cabin boy from San Francisco, becomes allied with a group of dogs who protect the local sheep from wild dogs.

Nelson, Peter. Herbert’s Wormhole.  J FIC Nelson
When almost-sixth-grader Alex, a video game fanatic, is forced on a “playdate” with his neighbor Herbert, an inventor, the two travel to the twenty-second century and face off against aliens, who are not as beneficent as most people think. Sequel: Herbert’s Wormhole: The Rise and Fall of El Solo Libre (2012)

Newsome, Richard.  The Billionaire’s Curse.  J FIC Newsome (The Archer Legacy SERIES)
When thirteen-year-old Gerald finds himself the heir to twenty billion pounds from an aunt he never met, he inherits with it a mystery surrounding his aunt’s death and various artifacts in the British Museum.

Nicholson, Simon.  The Magician’s Fire.  J FIC Nicholson
Young Harry Houdini’s efforts to perfect his magic tricks are put on hold when his mentor, Herbie, disappears, prodding Harry and his two best friends, Arthur and Billie, to embark on a dangerous investigation that pushes their skill and their friendship to the limits. 

Northrop, Michael.  Book of the Dead.  J FIC Northrop  (SERIES)
When Alex Sennefer’s mother uses the Lost Spells from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to bring her son from the brink of dying, she also brings back five Death Walkers, leaving Alex and his best friend to find his mother and save the world.

O’Dell, Scott. Island of the Blue Dolphins.   J Fic O’Dell / J PB O  /  Y Fic O’Dell / Y PB O
Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast.

Peterfreund, Diana.  Omega City.  J FIC Peterfreund
Determined to prove her conspiracy theorist father’s beliefs about lost Cold War technology, Gillian, her skeptical brother, and their friends journey to the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker before they are confronted by dangerous adversaries.

Richards, C.J.  The Junkyard Bot.  J FIC Richards
When George Gearing’s personal robot Jackbot gets hit by a car, George rebuilds him into something amazing, only to have him disappear just as darkness threatens the town, leaving George and his new friend Anne Droid to find out what happened.

Riley, James.  Half Upon a Time.  J FIC Riley  (SERIES)
In the village of Giant’s Hand Jack’s grandfather has been pushing him to find a princess and get married, so when a young lady falls out of the sky wearing a shirt that says “Punk Princess,” and she tells Jack that her grandmother, who looks suspiciously like the long-missing Snow White, has been kidnapped, Jack decides to help her.

Rodkey, Geoff.  Deadweather and Sunrise.  J FIC Rodkey
Thirteen-year-old Eggbert, a planter’s son on a pirate-infested Caribbean island chain, is on the run from a wealthy and powerful villain trying to kill him for his connection to a hidden treasure.

Rosen, Michael J.  The Tale of Rescue.  J FIC Rosen
When a sudden blizzard traps a family vacationing in the Appalachian foothills, a local cattle dog devises a plan to rescue them.

Ross, Joel N.  The Fog Diver.  J FIC Ross
In this futuristic high-stakes adventure, humanity clings to cities on the highest mountain peaks above the deadly Fog, and airships transport the pirates of the skies. Daring 13-year-old tetherboy Chess and his salvage crew must face the dark plans of Lord Kodoc and work to save their beloved Mrs. E.

Rylander, Chris.  Codename Zero.  J FIC Rylander  (Codename Conspiracy SERIES)
When a desperate man in a nondescript black suit asks thirteen-year-old Carson Fender to deliver a mysterious package for him, the middle schooler discovers there’s something going on in his sleepy North Dakota hometown he had never expected–something involving the CIA.  SEQUELS: Countdown Zero (2015) & Crisis Zero (2016).

Salane, Jeffrey.  Lawless.  J FIC Salane  (SERIES)
Enrolling in the prestigious and secretive academy for the children of criminal masterminds, M Freeman taps the experiences of her unconventional homeschooling background to become a star pupil and navigate various cliques before being invited to join the secret society of Masters, who take her off campus for a real-world art heist that proves more sinister than anticipated. SEQUEL: Justice (2015).

Solomons, David.  My Brother is a Superhero.  J FIC Solomons
Eleven-year-old Luke, a hardcore fan of comics and superheroes, is jealous when his undeserving older brother Zack is zapped by an alien and turned into a superhero, until a plot to destroy the Earth incapacitates Zack, and Luke, accompanied by Lara, the nosey girl next door, must come to the rescue.

Speare, Elizabeth George.   Sign of the Beaver.   J FIC Speare
Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

Sperry, Armstrong. Call it Courage.  J FIC Sperry
Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.

Stauffacher, Sue.  Gator on the Loose! J FIC Stauffacher (Animal Rescue Team SERIES)
Chaos ensues when Keisha’s father brings an escaped alligator home to Carter’s Urban Rescue, but it gets out of the bathroom while Grandma is guarding it.

Stead, Rebecca.  First Light  J FIC Stead
When twelve-year-old Peter and his family arrive in Greenland for his father’s research, he stumbles upon a secret his mother has been hiding from him all his life, and begins an adventure he never imagines possible.

Steig, William.  Abel’s Island.  J PB S
Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

Stephens, John.  The Emerald Atlas.  J FIC Stephens (Books of Beginning SERIES)
Kate, Michael, and Emma have passed from one orphanage to another in the ten years since their parents disappeared to protect them, but now they learn that they have special powers, a prophesied quest to find a magical book, and a fearsome enemy. SEQUELS: The Fire Chronicle (2012) & The Black Reckoning (2015).

Taylor, Theodore.  The Cay.  Y PB T
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Watson, Jude.  Loot: How to Steal a Fortune.  J FIC Watson
When Alfie McQuinn, the notorious jewel thief, is killed on a job, his last words to his son, March, are to “find jewels” and this instruction leads the boy to Jules, the twin sister he never knew he had–and the perfect partner to carry on the family business.

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