Adventure Awaits: 15+ Adventure Titles for Ages 8-12

5 Jun

Summer is here! And that means loads of time for kids to experience books in all their glory. This is also a great time to encourage kids to read the books they choose (without having to worry about school assignments) and to try out new genres that they might be interested in learning more about.

This series will offer titles for toddlers to teens and include a variety of formats. Each week will focus on a different genre and will follow the same format:

  • Mondays – Titles for Ages 3-7
  • Tuesdays – Middle Grade Titles for Ages 8-12
  • Wednesdays – Young Adult Titles for Ages 13+
  • Thursdays – Nonfiction pairings
  • Friday – Recap of the Week

Middle Grade

8112318Alex Rider: Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
He thought his uncle had died in a car accident, but when he found out the the truth, he learned more than he bargained for and is ready to carry on his uncle’s work for the government as a top secret spy.

The Candymakers by Wendy Mass
“Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew?” (Taken from Goodreads)

The Emperor’s Riddle by Kat Zhang
Mia is visiting China for the summer to see her Aunt Lin, but when her Aunt Lin disappears, it’s up to Mia to find her and the treasure sh was after.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
“In this cross between Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and A Night in the Museum, Agatha Award winner Chris Grabenstein uses rib-tickling humor to create the perfect tale for his quirky characters. Old fans and new readers will become enthralled with the crafty twists and turns of this ultimate library experience.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
It’s breakfast time, but the family is out of milk! So Dad heads out on an adventure to pick up some milk, coming across aliens, pirates, a hot air balloon and so much more!

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
“A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.” (Taken from Goodreads)

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Isabella’s closest friend has disappeared into the Forgotten Territories and as cartographer’s daughter she has all the skills she needs to save her friend and maybe even the island itself.

Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger
A fake mustache can allow you to rob banks, amass a great fortune, and run for president and Lenny must save the world from his evil-genius best friend and his quest for world domination.


Lily’s Mountain by Hannah Moderow
“Lily refuses to believe what everyone else accepts to be true: that her father has died while climbing Denali, the highest mountain in North America. Lily has grown up hiking in the Alaskan wilderness with her dad. He’s an expert climber. There’s no way he would let something like this happen. So instead of grieving, Lily decides to rescue him. Her plan takes her to Denali and on a journey that tests her physically and emotionally.” (Taken from Goodreads)

The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
“Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Loot by Jude Watson
When Alfie’s father, the notorious burgler dies, he tells Alfie to “Find Jewels,” but Alfie soon realizes that his dad was hiding a much bigger secret than jewels.

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras
“A Scottish medieval adventure about the youngest in a war-band who must free her family from a castle prison after knights attack her home.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Serenity is a quiet town, but when questions start arising for Eli and his friends they make a shocking discovery that could change their whole world.

Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded by Sage Blackwood
Without the sorceresses to protect the city, Chantel and her friends must save the Kingdom and in doing so transform Lightning Pass into the place it was meant to be.

22546584Sidekicks by Dan Santat
Captain Amazing needs a sidekick, but the problem is that all his pets have learned their own superpowers and want to be his sidekick! Who will he choose to help protect the city?

Story Thieves by James Riley
Bethany has a half -fictional story as Owen can attest to when he sees her climb out of a book in the library. Can Bethany trust Owen with her secret and can he experience the storybook world?

The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
Miles is a prankster at his old school, but at his new school, there is already a prankster and soon an epic prank war commences with each prank bigger and bolder than the last!



2 Responses to “Adventure Awaits: 15+ Adventure Titles for Ages 8-12”


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