Adventure Fiction for 5th and 6th Graders


Alexander, Lloyd. The Rope Trick. Motivated by her quest to learn a legendary rope trick, the magician Princess Lidi and her troupe embark on a journey through Renaissance Italy that intertwines adventure, love, and mystery.

Armstrong, Alan. Raleigh's Page. In the late 16th century, fifteen-year-old Andrew leaves school in England and must prove himself as a page to Sir Walter Raleigh before embarking for Virginia, where he helps to establish relations with the Indians.

Berkeley, Jon. The Hidden Boy. When Bea and her family are transported aboard an underwater bus to a strange land, her younger brother Theo is lost during the voyage, and somehow it falls to Bea to find out what has become of him.

Birdseye. Storm Mountain. Two thirteen-year-old cousins are trapped in a blizzard on the same treacherous mountain in the Cascades that claimed the lives of their world-famous, mountain-climber, twin fathers exactly two years earlier.

Blackwood, Gary. Around the World in 100 Days. When seventeen-year-old Harry Fogg undertakes a race against time to win a wager with a member of his famous father's club, he puts to good use the recklessness and fascination with all things mechanical that have caused him trouble in Victorian England.

Bodett, Tom. Williwaw! In their father's absence, thirteen-year-old September and her younger brother Ivan disobey his orders by taking the boat out on their Alaska bay, where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw.

Boniface, William. The Hero Revealed (Bk.1 of The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy). Ordinary Boy, the only resident of Superopolis without a superpower, uncovers and foils a sinister plot to destroy the town.

Breen, M. E. Darkwood. A clever and fearless orphan endures increasing danger while trying to escape from greedy, lawless men and elude the terrifying "kinderstalks"--animals who steal children--before discovering her true destiny.

Collard, Sneed B., III. Double Eagle. In 1973, Michael and Kyle's discovery of a rare Confederate coin near an old Civil War fort turns into a race against time as the boys try to find more coins before a hurricane hits Alabama's Gulf coast.

Corder, Zizou. Lionboy. In the near future, a boy with the ability to speak the language of cats sets out from London to seek his kidnapped parents and finds himself on a Paris-bound circus ship learning to train lions.

Couloumbis, Audrey. The Misadventures of Maude March. Enamored with Western novels, eleven-year-old Sallie March, an irrepressible tomboy, and her sister Maude flee from their guardians and embark on a grand adventure through the Old West where Maude becomes wanted by the law!

Creech, Sharon. The Wanderer. Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.

Curtis, Christopher Paul. Elijah of Buxton. In 1860, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

Dygard, Thomas. River Danger. A canoe trip through the wilderness turns deadly for Eric Douglas and his little brother, Robbie, when they stumble upon a ring of car thieves operating out of an isolated old barn.

Fama, Elizabeth. Overboard. Escaping from a sinking ferry in the waters off Sumatra, fourteen-year-old Emily fights for survival for herself and a young Indonesian boy, who draws courage from his quiet but firm Islamic faith.

Fardell, John. The Flight of the Silver Turtle. Ben, Zara, Sam, and Marcia begin their summer vacation by helping Professor Ampersand and a new friend build the Silver Turtle, a futuristic airplane, but on the day the first test flight is planned, a strange woman steals the airplane with the children inside.

Frost, Helen. Diamond Willow. In a remote area of Alaska, twelve-year-old Willow helps her father with their sled dogs when she is not at school, wishing she were more popular, all the while unaware that the animals surrounding her carry the spirits of dead ancestors and friends who care for her.

Grant, Katy. Hide & Seek. In the remote mountains of Arizona where he lives with his mother, stepfather, and two sisters, fourteen-year-old Chase discovers two kidnapped boys and gets caught up in a dangerous adventure when he comes up with a plan to get them to safety.

Hawking, Lucy & Stephen. George's Secret Key to the Universe. Follows the adventures of a young boy and his neighbor friend as they travel through a computer portal into outer space, where they explore such mysteries as black holes and the origins of the universe, while trying to evade an evil scientist.

Hemphill, Helen. The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones. Thirteen-year-old Prometheus Jones and his eleven-year-old cousin Omer flee Tennessee and join a cattle drive that will eventually take them to Texas, where Prometheus hopes his father lives, and they find adventure and face challenges as African Americans in a land still recovering from the Civil War.

Hirsch, Odo. Bartlett and the Ice Voyage. When an impatient queen longs to taste the delicious but fragile melidrop fruit, two explorers use "Inventiveness, Desperation, and Perseverance" to try to bring it to her.

Hobbs, Will. Take Me to the River. When North Carolina fourteen-year-old Dylan Sands joins his fifteen-year-old cousin Rio in running the Rio Grande River, they face a tropical storm and a fugitive kidnapper.

Ibbotson, Eva. Journey to the River Sea. Sent with her governess to live with the dreadful Carter family in exotic Brazil in 1910, Maia endures many hardships before fulfilling her dream of exploring the Amazon River.

Jacobson, Jennifer Richard. Small as an Elephant. Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.

Jacques, Brian. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman. In 1620, a boy and his dog are rescued from the doomed ship The Flying Dutchman by an angel who guides them in travelling the world, eternally helping those in great need.

Jocelyn, Marthe. Mable Riley: A Reliable Record of Humdrum, Peril and Romance. In 1901, fourteen-year-old Mable Riley dreams of being a writer and having adventures while stuck in Perth County, Ontario, assisting her sister in teaching school and secretly becoming friends with a neighbor who holds scandalous opinions on women's rights.

Karr, Kathleen. Skullduggery. In 1839, twelve-year-old Matthew's job as assistant to the phrenologist Dr. Cornwall takes him up and down the Eastern Seaboard and to Europe, as they rob graves and try to find out who is following them and why.

Kehret, Peg. Escaping the Giant Wave. When an earthquake creates a tsunami while thirteen-year-old Kyle is babysitting his sister during a family vacation at a Pacific Coast resort, he tries to save himself, his sister, and a boy who has bullied him for years.

Lacey, Josh. Island of Thieves. Tom goes with his Uncle Harvey to Peru, where they narrowly escape imprisonment and death as they hunt for buried treasure after tracking down a journal written by John Drake, a young relative of Sir Francis Drake, on a voyage to Lima in 1577. Includes biographical information on John and Francis Drake.

Lasky, Kathryn. The Last Girls of Pompeii. Twelve-year-old Julia knows that her physical deformity will keep her from a normal life, but counts on the continuing friendship of her life-long slave, Mitka, until they learn that both of their futures in first-century Pompeii are about to change for the worse.

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.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen. Having been raised believing he will die before he reaches the age of fourteen, Pepper Roux runs away on his fourteenth birthday in an attempt to elude his fate, assumes another identity, and continues to try to outrun death, no matter the consequences.

McCaughrean, Geraldine. The Death-Defying Pepper Roux. When a diphtheria outbreak forces twelve-year-old Cissy to leave her Oklahoma hometown in the 1890s, she and her two classmates embark on a wild adventure down the Missouri River with a team of traveling actors who are living on a dilapidated paddle steamer.

McKernan, Victoria. Shackleton's Stowaway.A fictionalized account of the adventures of eighteen-year-old Perce Blackborow, who stowed away for the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition and, after their ship Endurance was crushed by ice, endured many hardships, including the loss of the toes of his left foot to frostbite, during the nearly two-year return journey across sea and ice.

Miller, Kirsten. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City. Life becomes more interesting for Ananka Fishbein when, at the age of twelve, she discovers an underground room in the park across from her New York City apartment and meets a mysterious girl called Kiki Strike who claims that she, too, wants to explore the subterranean world.

Mone. Fish. Eleven-year-old Fish, seeking a way to help his family financially, becomes a reluctant cabin boy on a pirate ship, where he soon makes friends--and enemies--and is asked to help decipher clues that might lead to a legendary treasure.

Mowll, Joshua. Operation Red Jericho (series). The posthumous papers of Rebecca MacKenzie document her adventures, along with her brother Doug, in 1920s China as the teenaged siblings are sent to live aboard their uncle's ship where they become involved in the dangerous activities of a mysterious secret society called the Honourable Guild of Specialists.

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.

Newsome, Richard. The Billionaire's Curse. When thirteen-year-old Gerald finds himself the heir to twenty billion pounds from an aunt he never met, he inherits with it a mystery surrounding his aunt's death and various artifacts in the British Museum.

Peck, Dale. Drift House: The First Voyage (series). Sent to stay with their uncle in a ship-like home called Drift House, twelve-year-old Susan and her two younger stepbrothers embark on an unexpected adventure involving duplicitous mermaids, pirates, and an attempt to stop time forever.

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. Headed for Canada to visit his father for the first time since his parents' divorce, thirteen-year-old Brian is the sole survivor of a plane crash, with only the clothes he has on and a hatchet to help him live in the wilderness.

Roberts, Willo. Hostage. When eleven-year-old Kaci interrupts burglars in the process of robbing her house, she and her nosy elderly neighbor Mrs. Banducci are kidnapped and held hostage by the desperate and ruthless criminals.

Runholt, Susan. Adventure at Simba Hill. When fourteen-year-old best friends Kari and Lucas travel to an archaeological dig in Kenya with Kari's uncle Geoff, they help expose a smuggling ring.

Salisbury, Graham. Under the Blood-Red Sun. Tomikazu Nakaji's biggest concerns are baseball, homework, and a local bully, until life with his Japanese family in Hawaii changes drastically after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Seidler, Tor. Brainboy and the Deathmaster. When Darryl, a twelve-year-old orphan, is adopted by a technology genius, he finds himself the star of his very own life-threatening video game.

Smith, Roland. I, Q. Thirteen-year-old Q and fifteen-year-old Angela expect their lives to become complicated when his mother and her father, wildly popular musicians, marry, but not that they will face spies and terrorists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Smith, Roland. Storm Runners. Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.

Springer, Nancy. Rowan Hood. When her mother is murdered and she is left alone, Rowan sets off to Sherwood Forest to find her father, Robin Hood, and soon, with the help of Lionel and Ettarde the runaway princess, they are able to locate him just in time to help him out of a dangerous situation.

Steer, Dugald. Dragonology Chronicles: The Dragon's Eye. When twelve-year-old Daniel Cook and his sister, Beatrice, spend the summer at a special school run by their parents' eccentric former tutor, they are introduced to the secret study of dragonology and find themselves caught up in an evil plot.

Stewart, Paul. Far-Flung Adventures: Corby Flood. While traveling with her family aboard the S.S. Euphonia, eight-year-old Corby Flood accidentally attracts the murderous attentions of five men, clad in bowler hats, called the Brotherhood of the Clowns as she investigates the mysterious singing coming from the ship's hold.

Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society. After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

Taylor, Theodore. The Cay. When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island, where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Umansky, Kaye. The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow. Ten-year-old Solomon Snow, a foundling who was discovered with a distinctive silver spoon in his mouth, sets out to find his parents and receives help along the way from an aspiring writer, a precocious young circus performer, and several orphans.

VanLeeuwen, Jean. Great Googlestein Museum Mystery. Three adventurous mice escape from their home at Macy's department store and spend an exciting week in the Guggenheim Museum, creating a sensation in the art world.

Wallace, Barbara Brooks. Cousins in the Castle. Learning that she is moving to America to live with a distant relative, newly orphaned Amelia begins a difficult journey with a hostile cousin and finds solace in a forbidden friendship with a young vaudeville performer.

White, Ellen Emerson. Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady. In her diary in 1912, thirteen-year-old Margaret Ann describes how she leaves her lonely life in a London orphanage to become a companion to a wealthy American woman, sails on the Titanic, and experiences its sinking.

Williams, Maiya. The Golden Hour. Thirteen-year-old Rowan and his eleven-year-old sister Nina, still bereft by the death of their mother the year before, experience an unusual adventure through time when they come to stay with their two eccentric great-aunts in a small town on the Maine coast.

Wilson, N.D. Leepike Ridge. While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after drifting away down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.

Woodruff, Elvira. Fearless. In late seventeenth-century England, eleven-year-old Digory, forced to leave his hometown after his father is lost at sea, becomes an apprentice to the architect Henry Winstanley, who built a lighthouse on the treacherous Eddystone Reef -- the very rocksthat sank Digory's grandfather's ship years before.

Yep, Laurence. Dragon's Gate. Sailing to California in 1865, fourteen-year-old Otter leaves China to meet his father and legendary uncle on the transcontinental railroad, an adventure that challenges his survival on the mountains of the Sierras.

Yohalem, Eve. Escape Under the Forever Sky. As a future conservation zoologist whose mother is the United States Ambassador to Ethiopia, thirteen year-old Lucy uses her knowledge for survival when she is kidnapped and escapes.

Youmans, Marly. The Curse of the Raven Mocker. After her parents disappear from their isolated home in the Great Smoky Mountains, Adanta discovers the truth of the Cherokee stories her father told her and embarks on a journey to thwart the sorcery that has claimed her parents.

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