Adventure Fiction for 3rd and 4th Graders


Avi. The End Of The Beginning. Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.

Ayres, Katherine. Silver Dollar Girl. In 1885, unhappy living with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh, Valentine Harper disguises herself as a boy and runs away to Colorado determined to find her father who has gone there in search of gold.

Banks, Kate. Howie Bowles, Secret Agent. Howie Bowles worries that no one at his new school will like him for who he is, so he pretends to be secret agent, which works nicely until a mystery appears.

Birney, Betty G. Adventure According to Humphrey
Humphrey the classroom hamster has adventures going to the library, learning about the ocean, and sailing across a pond on a sailboat.

Clements, Andrew. A Week in the Woods. The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.

Cussler, Clive. The Adventures of Vin Fiz. Ten-year-old twins Casey and Lacey fly an enchanted, antique airplane, named the "Vin Fiz," across the United States and have several daring adventures along the way.

Daley, Michael J. Rat Trap. Bioengineered Rat and her twelve-year-old human companion, Jeff, stand together when Dr. Vivexian, who considers Rat his masterpiece, arrives at the space station to capture her.

Fischbein, Dina. Really Raoulino. Raoulino, a captive animal at the Metropolitan Zoo whose species has yet to be determined by scientists, makes friends with his neighbors, and all four decide to break out of the zoo and head back to their natural habitats.

Fleischman, Paul. Lost! A Story in String. As grandmother tells about the girl who went missing as she searched for her dog in the blizzard, she weaves the string into magical pieces of art to demonstrate the clever steps the girl took in order to survive.

Gay, Marie-Louise, and David Hormel. Summer in the City. Charlie was looking forward to summer vacation until he realized he would be stuck at home with his little brother the entire time, but Charlie ends up making new friends and finding adventure in his own neighborhood.

Gleitzman, Morris. Toad Rage. Determined to understand why humans hate cane toads and to improve relations between the species, Limpy embarks on a dangerous trek from his swamp to the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Gleitzman, Morris. Toad Heaven. Despite the opposition of Ancient Eric and Malcolm, Limpy goes on a quest to find a place where cane toads can be safe from humans and live in harmony.

Gleitzman, Morris. Toad Away. In his third adventure, Limpy the cane toad goes to the Amazon to learn the secret of living in harmony with humans.

Gutman, Dan. Baseball Card Adventure (series). With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe has lots of adventures.

Heck, Bessie. Cave-in at Mason's Mine. Young Joey demonstrates courage and a better memory than anyone thought he had when he is called upon to rescue his father caught in a mine cave-in during a hiking trip.

Horse, Harry. The Last Castaways, Being as it were, the Account of a Small Dog's Adventures at sea. In a series of letters, Grandfather reveals his adventures with his remarkable little dog Roo and the captain of the Unsinkable, as they go in search of the Door to the Sea, the Forgotten Sea, and the Great Cod Bank.

La Fevers, R. L. Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist (series) In 1928, when timid ten-year-old Nate learns that his parents have been lost at sea, he joins his father's cousin on a flight to Arabia where they must oversee the death and rebirth of the phoenix, thus beginning his training as a "beastologist."

Maddox, Jake. Blizzard! Owen and Gray get caught in a raging blizzard, and must try to find their way back to civilization.

Maguire, Gregory. The Good Liar. Now an old man living in the United States, Marcel recalls his childhood in German-occupied France, especially the summer that he and his older brother Rene befriended a young German soldier.

Morpurgo, Michael. Kensuke's Kingdom. When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not alone.

Myers, Edward. Climb or Die. After a car accident in a snowy Colorado pass seriously injures their parents, athletic fourteen-year-old Danielle and her brainy younger brother Jake must scale a mountain to find help.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. The Treasure of Bessledorf Hill. When a pirate's distant grandson comes to town, strange notes suddenly begin to appear, and Bernie searches for the hidden treasure. When he finally locates it, he gets an unexpected surprise.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Roxie and the Hooligans. Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.

Neale, Jonathan. Lost at Sea. After their mother's new boyfriend goes overboard while on a sail across the Atlantic, it is up to siblings Orrie and Jack to get control of the 36-foot vessel and bring their family safely back to land.

Orr, Wendy. Nim's Island. When her father leaves her alone on their island, Nim, who is schooled in the ways of jungle life, is delighted to be on her own with her friends, a sea lion and an amusing iguana, but when she loses contact with her father, she will need courage and her friends to save the day.

Orr, Wendy. Nim at Sea. After Alex leaves the island, and Selkie the sea lion is kidnapped, Nim accidentally stows away on the cruise ship that took Selkie, in the hopes of rescuing her and bringing Alex back.

Osborne, Mary Pope. Standing in the Light. A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.

Peterson, P. J.. Wild River Considered lazy and unathletic, twelve year-old Ryan discovers a heroic side of himself when a kayak trip with his older brother goes horribly awry.

Platt, Richard. Pirate Diary. Nine-year-old Jack Carpenter's diary tells what life was like aboard a pirate ship in 1716 as he sailed the high seas with Captain Nick and others on their dangerous adventures to exotic places.

Rabe, David. Mr. Wellington. When young Jonathan finds a small, frightened squirrel on the road, he brings it home tucked inside his sneaker, but the squirrel, Mr. Wellington, is fearful of the unfamiliar surroundings.

Ransom, Candice (Easy Reader). Rescue on the Outer Banks. Sam Deal and his horse, Ginger, help an African-American lifesaving crew rescue shipwreck victims off the coast of North Carolina in 1896.

Riddleburger, Sam. The Qwikpick Adventure Society. When they hear the news that the old sludge fountain at the nearby sewage plant is about to be dismantled, the members of the Qwikpick Adventure Society decide to revise their Christmas plans and make a trip to see the "fountain of poop" in action one last time.

Rodda, Emily. Rowan of Rin. When the village's stream suddenly stops flowing, Rowan must join the six strongest leaders of Rin on a perilous journey up the Mountain, where a terrifying dragon lurks. Even though Rowan is the weakest of the group, he triumphs over each obstacle and comes face-to-face with the dragon, in a magical adventure.

Scieszka, John. Time Warp Trio (series). After Joe gets a mysterious book from his uncle, he and his friends Fred and Sam go on a series of adventures as they travel through time.

Sniegoski, Thomas. Billy Hooten, Owlboy. Unassuming twelve-year-old Billy Hooten, who loves reading superhero comic books, suddenly learns that he has been chosen to become the next Owlboy, whose destiny it is to save the inhabitants of Monstros, a city underneath the cemetery next to Billy's house.

Thomas, Jane. Blind Mountain. Unsure of himself and annoyed at having to spend a day climbing a Montana mountain with his bossy father, twelve-year-old Sam must become the guide on their perilous journey down when his carelessness temporarily blinds his father.

Watson, Geoff. Edison's Gold. Tom Edison and his friends become embroiled in a mystery involving his "double-great" grandfather's inventions, a secret society, and a vendetta being carried out by a descendant of inventor Nikola Tesla.

Yaccarino, Dan. Where the Four Winds Blow. Upset that his busy parents ignore him, Roger wishes they would be blown away, but then he and his irritable sister must endure a fantastic journey in order to find them.

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