Great adventure books for teens
Does your teenager yearn for adventures? Do they love thei films and video games chock-full of swashbuckling and quests? Then here are some books guaranteed to entertain.
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.
Author: S M Wilson
In Storm and Lincoln’s world, there are two continents... And one is inhabited by vicious, predatory dinosaurs. A tense, brutal fantasy adventure: The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park.
Author: Chloe Daykin
Publisher: Faber & Faber
A funny, life-affirming quest for identity that sees 12-year old Elvis Crampton Lucas and his adoptive dad racing across Norway, pursued by a shadowy villain. Captivating and thought-provoking.
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: HQ (imprint of Harper Collins)
In a land faraway, they tell of a mythical Dragon-god who appears only once every thousand years and can grant any wish. First of a trilogy of absorbing fantasy thrillers that draws inspiration from Japanese culture, myth and folklore.
Author: Carl Hiaasen
Publisher: Indigo (Orion Books)
This is a brilliant and utterly gripping adventure, featuring an unusual, endearing and very funny hero in Skink. A tense thriller full of plot twists and laugh out loud humour.
Author: Moira Young
Publisher: Marion Lloyd BooksA violent, desperate and compelling story about family, love and determination, which enthrals through its bold, powerful language.
Author: Marie-Louise Jensen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Thora is a healer with second-sight, who avoids an unwelcome marriage to a cruel chieftain when Bjorn, an Irish slave, kills him and they escape to Iceland.
Author: Philip Pullman Illustrator: Chris Wormell
Malcolm is drawn into a dangerous world of secrets and intrigue – and a mission to protect baby Lyra, whatever the cost. La Belle Sauvage gives readers a not-to-be-missed chance to be back in the world of His Dark Materials: full of peril, magic and thrills.
Author: Beth Revis
Amy and her family are cryogenically frozen and stored aboard the Godspeed to travel to a new planet - but Amy is wrongly unfrozen 50 years early, forcing her to experience life aboard the ship.
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Luka and the Fire of Life (a loose sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories) brings together the language and conventions of the digital landscape with the mythologies of literary and bardic tradition.
Author: Zillah Bethell
An orphaned girl goes on a dangerous journey to find a place where horses still exist. With the government in pursuit, her escape to Whales is an adventure in recovering a past she's never known.
Author: Kate Thompson
Publisher: Random House
JJ Byrne’s mum never has enough time and JJ decides to buy some for her birthday. This unusual quest leads him to Tir na n’Og, land of eternal youth, where time stands still.
Author: Alexis Deacon
The chief of her tribe is dying, and has no heir. To decide the rulership of her kingdom after her death, she calls fifty warriors to her bedside to send them on a quest: they will be transported to the edges of the kingdom, and have to make it back before dawn.
Author: Wolfgang Herrndorf Translator: Tim Mohr
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Mike and Tschik take off in a 'borrowed' Lada for a summer road trip.
Author: S F Said Illustrator: Dave McKean
Lucky is on the run and joins up with a group of aliens - refugees from the ongoing war between aliens and humans - who agree to help Lucky find his father. A thrilling space adventure, full of suspense, action, emotion and more.
Author: Mary Hoffman
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Early in the thirteenth century, Elinor's parents attempt to marry her off to an elderly nobleman but she escapes disguised as a boy, with a troupe of travelling entertainers.
Author: Philip Pullman
This extraordinary fantasy is the first book in Philip Pullman's multi-award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy
Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Chris Riddell
A young man makes his way in a harsh world, where dragons are real and danger is always present. There is love and adventure in the Wyrmeweald, but there is loss and danger too. Can he hold on to the girl he loves, and evade dark magic of his enemies?
Author: China Miéville
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
China Miéville is known for his brilliantly imaginative science-fiction and fantasy, and Railsea is no exception.
Author: Chris Wooding
Darien Frey is the captain of The Ketty Jay - a pirate spaceship whose disparate and dysfunctional crew make a living on the wrong side of the law.
Author: Linda Press Wulf
Seeking escape from their lives, two teenagers are drawn to follow a charismatic young man who is leading a Children’s Crusade through France to the Holy Land.
Author: Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
In the industrial wastelands of east London, two brothers are delivering forged vehicle documents. As soon as they walk into the pub, Cole knows something is going on. This is a stark, intense, plot-driven, cinematic story of hoping for better.