Who’s ready for some adventure?
Hopefully your young teen is because this month we are reading some awesome adventure books as part of our 2016 Reading Adventure.
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When kids read adventure stories, they’re transported to far off lands, engrossed in action and intrigue, riding never ending twists and turns, constantly sidestepping disaster, while usually enjoying every minute.
It’s no wonder that many middle schoolers willingly choose to read stories of adventure.
Adventure Books Young Teens Will Want to Read
- Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
Phileas Fogg bets a small fortune on the fact that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. As this book is set in the Victorian era, this is no small feat. To make the trip even more difficult, a detective follows him and purposefully places obstacles in his path.
Readers will find themselves whisked away to exotic locations, caught in a multitude of adventures, while constantly wondering if Phileas will in fact win his bet.
- Call it Courage by Armstrong Sperry
Mafatu lives on the island of Hikueru, where the sea is part of life and courage is valued above all else. Unfortunately, Mafatu is terrified of the ocean and this fear has made him an outsider among his people. One day, after turning 15, Mafatu has had enough and decides to put an end to his fear of the sea. He heads out, alone, into the ocean.
His adventure does not go as planned and soon he is swept away, left without any provisions. He makes it to another island, but must find a way to survive on his own.
Through this adventure novel, kids will learn what it means to face your fears.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Thanks the popular movie, everyone knows the story of Charlie Bucket. But if your young teen hasn’t read the book yet, now’s the time. Although quite similar to the film, the book is told from Charlie’s point of view. Readers will encounter all of their favorite characters – Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and the Oompa-Loompas while reading this rich fantasy adventure.
By the end, kids will learn what it means to have a pure heart and to never give up on your dreams – they might just come true.
- Peak by Roland Smith
Peak Marcello is caught climbing a New York skyscraper and given a life changing ultimatum – spend the rest of his youth in Juvenile Detention or go live with his estranged father in Thailand, where he runs a climbing company. Is his father’s interest in him pure or is he using him to further his own agenda? As for Peak, whose passion for climbing is clear, will it even matter when he is given the opportunity to scale Mount Everest?
Teens will love this action packed adventure.
- Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson and Dave Barry
Who was Peter and how did he become the childhood favorite Peter Pan? This is that story.
Stuck on the Never Land, a ship carrying him toward a life of cruelty and servitude, orphan boy Peter befriends Molly and learns her greatest secret – that she and her father are starcatchers. They are at sea to protect this precious cargo. Along the journey Peter encounters Black Stache as well as others who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the startstuff.
Pirates, sea battles, devilish mermaids, and pixie dust, what’s not to love?
Hopefully through this list, you’ve found some new stories to introduce to your young teen this month.
Aside from these adventure stories, check out these Newbery Medal winners, classic titles that will challenge teens, inspiring biographies, and personal growth books that are appropriate for tweens & teens.
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