Adventure stories transport readers to far-off lands and envelop them in mystery. They open minds and expand imaginations. It’s easy to see why they’re often favored among teenagers.
So, is this genre on your children’s reading list?
If not, encourage them to give one of the titles below a try. My kids adore these books and highly recommend them to anyone looking to escape into exciting worlds, full of action and intrigue.
Do you already have adventure fans in your house? See if any of our suggestions are new to them.
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Has your middle schooler read these 5 adventure series?
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
The 3 Baudelaire children quickly become orphans and are sent to live with the executor of the estate until “Count Olaf” turns up. It seems that this distant cousin is only interested in the children’s inheritance and will stop at nothing to get his hands on it.
Sadly, the children encounter one unfortunate event after another as they try to stay out of Olaf’s grasp. Disaster is just one step behind them at all times.
Even though not truly a “happy” story, the writing is funny and kids will immediately find themselves engaged. The author hasn’t dumbed down his style for the sake of the reader, as is obvious by the rich vocabulary and advanced literary techniques.
This series contains 13 books.
Books of Beginning The Emerald Isle by John Stephens
Siblings, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on their own now that their parents have been captured. After meeting a wizard named Dr. Pym, they learn about three magical books that when found, give each child their own special power.
They think they must use these books, and their powers, to save their parents, but ultimately they realize their real task is to find a way to keep the books away from their enemy, Dire Magnus.
Full of twists and turns, teens will find themselves fully invested in these siblings, in spite of their flaws, as they travel through time, on dangerous, yet exciting adventures.
This series contains 3 books.
Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
Are your kids Disney fans? If so, then they’ll love this series of books that revolve around the various parks.
Each evening, a group of teenagers find themselves magically transported into the parks. They quickly discover that their one and only task is to defeat the Disney Villains as they attempt to overtake the kingdom.
We loved the glimpses into the parts of Disney that are usually “behind the scenes.”
This series contains 7 books.
Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Four gifted students, recruited by Mr. Benedict, must pass many odd tests before they can take advantage of the “special opportunities” he promised in his advertisement.
Reynie is an expert puzzle solver. Sticky has a photographic memory. Kate is kind of a modern day MacGyver. Constance is stubborn.
Mr. Benedict built this gifted team in order to infiltrate the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened. Each member must use their extraordinary gifts/talents to defeat Mr. Curtain, before everyone in the world falls under his control through his brainwashing.
This series contains 4 books.
Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
Full of pirates, high seas, and mystery, Peter and the Starcatchers offers the reader a glimpse into the life of Peter before he becomes the childhood favorite, Peter Pan. He sets sail on Never Land and soon finds himself, along with his friend, Molly, responsible for keeping a magical secret safe, while protecting the world from evil.
You’ll recognize other beloved characters as well, like Black “Stache” Moustache and Mr. Grin, the crocodile.
This series contains 5 books.
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