Great adventure books 9-12

An image of the cover of The Cradle of All Worlds by Jeremy Lachlan

Does your child adore adventure? Then these books are sure to keep them entertained.

From an ape getting involved in a murder case to schoolgirl cat burglars and mysteries taking place across the world, there are some brilliant capers out there just waiting to be devoured. 

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  • Sky Hawk

    Author: Gill Lewis

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Sky Hawk

    Author: Gill Lewis

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Powerful, evocative writing about landscape and the natural world

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  • The Murderer’s Ape

    Author: Jakob Wegelius Translator: Peter Graves

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Murderer’s Ape

    Author: Jakob Wegelius Translator: Peter Graves

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 10+

    Sally Jones is an engineer and loyal friend to Captain Koskela. She’s also an ape. When Koskela is falsely accused of murder,…

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  • The Wolf Wilder

    Author: Katherine Rundell

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  • The Wolf Wilder

    Author: Katherine Rundell

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    When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. Wh…

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  • Hilda and the Troll

    Author: Luke Pearson

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Hilda and the Troll

    Author: Luke Pearson

    Interest level: 6+

    Reading age: 7+

    Blue-haired explorer Hilda has an uncanny ability to find weird and wonderful adventures and befriend peculiar creatures.

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  • Wings: Flyboy

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 7-14

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Wings: Flyboy

    Author: Tom Palmer

    Interest level: 7-14

    Reading age: 7+

    On the football field and off it, Jatinder always wants to excel, but he always takes the easy option instead of the risky one.

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  • Codebusters

    Author: Dan Metcalf Illustrator: Gary Cherrington

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7-9

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  • Codebusters

    Author: Dan Metcalf Illustrator: Gary Cherrington

    Interest level: 7-10

    Reading age: 7-9

    This pacey illustrated chapter book for confident young readers highlights the importance of friendship and remaining true to your…

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  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

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  • Scales and Scoundrels

    Author: Author Sebastian Girner Illustrator: Galaad and Jeff Powell

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10-12

    Luvander and her companions go on an expedition to find The Hall of Dreaming Teasures. Their journey is like a cross between India…

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  • Beyond the Bright Sea

    Author: Lauren Wolk

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Beyond the Bright Sea

    Author: Lauren Wolk

    Interest level: 10-14

    Reading age: 10+

    A wonderful tale of trying to find your place within the world, Beyond The Bright Sea transports the reader to a luminous island o…

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  • RailHead

    Author: Philip Reeve

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • RailHead

    Author: Philip Reeve

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    A sci-fi adventure about a petty thief who gets in way over his head when he's asked to infiltrate the Emperor's train.

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  • The Kids Who Knew Too Little

    Author: Gitty Daneshvari Illustrator: James Lancett

    Interest level: 8-10

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Kids Who Knew Too Little

    Author: Gitty Daneshvari Illustrator: James Lancett

    Interest level: 8-10

    Reading age: 9+

    When Jonathan's parents are framed and arrested by the CIA, he and his fellow spy Shelley will have to pull together to find the r…

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  • The White Darkness

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • The White Darkness

    Author: Geraldine McCaughrean

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Introspective 14-year-old Symone is obsessed with Antarctica but when her 'Uncle' Victor takes her to the land of ice, t…

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  • Twister

    Author: Juliette Forrest

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Twister

    Author: Juliette Forrest

    Interest level: 10-12

    Reading age: 10+

    Twister's father has gone missing. Her mother is depressed, and people are accusing her father of starting a fatal fire. Even scho…

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  • My Brigadista Year

    Author: Katherine Paterson

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

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  • My Brigadista Year

    Author: Katherine Paterson

    Interest level: 11-14

    Reading age: 10+

    Based on real events in post-revolutionary Cuba, this is the story of 13-year-old Lora who volunteers to spend a year in bandit co…

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  • Gita: The Battle of the Worlds

    Author: Sonal Sachdev Patel and Jemma Wayne-Kattan Illustrator: Soumitra Ranade

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

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  • Gita: The Battle of the Worlds

    Author: Sonal Sachdev Patel and Jemma Wayne-Kattan Illustrator: Soumitra Ranade

    Interest level: 9-12

    Reading age: 9-12

    A captivating story, based around the Hindu epic Mahabharata, which explores the inner battle raging within Dev when his father di…

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  • The Explorer

    Author: Katherine Rundell Illustrator: Hannah Horn

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Explorer

    Author: Katherine Rundell Illustrator: Hannah Horn

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    Fred, Con, Lila and little Max’s plane is on the way to Manaus when it falls out of the sky. Now, lost in the Amazon rainforest, t…

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