Before I start, I’ll warn you that I have a wide variety of books listed as “action-adventure” on my list. I won’t bother you with the ones I didn’t really like, and I’ll sort the ones I did, but as you’re looking through and see the mishmash that made the cut, just remember that I warned you. 😉
Bad Penny, by John D. Brown. Mystery.
This Just In, by Kelly Blair. Mystery
The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes–and Why, by Amanda Ripley. Nonfiction.
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World, by Jennifer Armstrong. Biography.
I sense a theme in my adult adventure books… mystery or nonfiction…
Code Orange, by Caroline B. Cooney. Contemporary. Sort of a medical thriller, sort of a spy thriller. Mostly a boy trying to avoid the consequences of his bad ideas.
Pigboy, by Vicki Grant. Contemporary. School field trip gone very, very wrong.
Gallagher Girls series, by Ally Carter. Contemporary. Teen spy school.
Brotherband Chronicles series, by John Flanagan. Fantasy.
Reckoners series, by Brandon Sanderson. Science fiction. Superheroes gone bad.
Holes, by Louis Sachar. Contemporary. Juvenile detention gone bad.
Abhorsen series, by Garth Nix. Fantasy. Content warning for zombies (of a sort) and occasional grossness.
Black Stallion, by Walter Farley. Contemporary. The rest of the series isn’t bad, but the first one is best.
The Gideon trilogy, by Linda Buckley-Archer. Historical.
Percy Jackson series, by Rick Riordan. Contemporary fantasy.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl. Contemporary fantasy.
Brave Margaret, by Robert D. San Souci. Historical.
Ascendance series, by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Fantasy.
The Mysterious Benedict Society series, by Trenton Lee Stewart. Mystery.
Cat Royal series, by Julia Golding. Historical.
Adventurer’s Wanted series, by M.L. Forman. Portal fantasy.
Alcatraz series, by Brandon Sanderson. Portal fantasy.
Letters from Wolfie, by Patti Sherlock. Historical.
Larklight series, by Phillip Reeve. Fantasy.
Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull. Portal/contemporary fantasy. Yeah, it’s a bit tricky to classify exactly.
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren. Oldie but goodie.
And that’s all, folks. Considering that a lot of these are series, they should keep you busy for at least a FEW days. 🙂
Marty C. Lee
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