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Great adventure books for children

Beyond the Bright Sea

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. Here's a list of great adventure stories for all ages.

  • Sky Hawk

    Gill Lewis
    Oxford University Press

    Powerful, evocative writing about landscape and the natural world

  • The Murderer’s Ape

    Jakob Wegelius, translated by Peter Graves
    Pushkin Children’s Books

    Sally Jones is an engineer and loyal friend to Captain Koskela. She’s also an ape. When Koskela is falsely accused of murder, she's the one who must unravel the mystery. A brilliant adventure, rich with lovable characters.

  • The Wolf Wilder

    Katherine Rundell

    When the murderous hostility of the Russian Army threatens her very existence, Feo is left with no option but to go on the run. What follows is a story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.

  • Wings: Flyboy

    Tom Palmer
    Barrington Stoke

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

    Then Jatinder reads a book by a World War 1 pilot - and finds himself transported into battle.

  • The Scarlet Files: Cat Burglar

    Tamsin Cooke
    Oxford University Press

    Scarlet McCall is schoolgirl by day and a cat burglar by night. Her father has taught her to help him burgle houses and return artefacts to their rightful owners. When her father vanishes she must use all the skills he has taught to find and rescue him.

  • Beyond the Bright Sea

    Lauren Wolk

    A wonderful tale of trying to find your place within the world, Beyond The Bright Sea transports the reader to a luminous island of sea, wind and driftwood, set apart from the busy world.

  • The Island at the End of Everything

    Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Chicken House

    Amihan lives happily on the island of Culion in the Phillipines with her mother, her Nanay, who has leprosy, and in a wider community where some people are "touched" with the disease, and some are not.

  • Journey to the River Sea

    Eva Ibbotson
    Macmillan Children's Books

    Orphan Maia is thrilled to learn she is to live with relatives in South America and cannot wait to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Amazon.

  • The London Eye Mystery

    Siobhan Dowd

    Ted likes the weather, he also likes statistics and routine but his life is thrown into disarray when his Aunt Gloria and cousin Salim arrive, like a hurricane, to stay in London en-route to a new life in New York.

  • The Joshua Files: Invisible City

    M G Harris

    Josh Garcia is an ordinary teenager living in Oxford, until his archaeologist father's plane disappears in Mexico.

  • The White Darkness

    Geraldine McCaughrean
    Oxford University Press

    Introspective 14-year-old Symone is obsessed with Antarctica but when her 'Uncle' Victor takes her to the land of ice, the journey soon turns into a nightmare of madness and death.