Adventure Fiction

What is Adventure Fiction? by Jennifer Brannen (NoveList Plus)

Adventure fiction is all about the adrenaline rush, the vicarious thrill. It’s also about teen characters who learn the best about themselves in the worst possible circumstances. It’s about endurance, survival, and a certain wiliness and creative problem-solving. The adventure is often physical in nature and the physical setting of the book is therefore important. Survival stories are particularly popular, especially those set in the wilderness or at sea. Not surprisingly, historical settings are common because it can be easier to set up life or death situations in eras with more wild spaces and less technology. (Don’t underestimate the power of Mother Nature to throw a monkey wrench in modern technology though.)


Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi

Ernest Shackleton was one of the last great Antarctic explorers, and led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken. This is his story, and the story of the men who threw in their lot with him – many of whom nearly died in the journey.



Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers–and justice.



Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae CarsonWalk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Lee Westfall, a young woman with the ability to sense the presence of gold, must flee her home to avoid people who would abuse her powers.  When her best friend Jefferson heads out across America to stake his claim, she sets out on her own journey.



Seeker by Arwen DaytonSeeker by Arwen Dayton

After years of brutal training for what she thinks is the noble purpose of becoming a Seeker, Quin Kincaid, fifteen, learns that she will be using the ancient artifacts and sacred knowledge as an assassin.



The Distance From Me to You by Marina GessnerThe Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner

McKenna and her best friend planned for over a year to defer their freshman year of college to hike the Appalachian Trail all the way from Maine to Georgia.  When her friend backs out McKenna decides to embark alone on a journey that will change her life forever.



Reawakened by Colleen HouckReawakened by Colleen Houck

A visit to an Egyptian exhibit brings teen, Lilliana Young, face-to-face with a recently awakened mummy-turned-handsome-sun-god as she gets caught up in an adventure with more twists and turns than the Nile itself.



Taken by David MasseyTaken by David Massey

Rio Cruz and a crew of young disabled veterans are teamed up to sail around the world for charity–but when they are kidnapped by an psychotic African warlord and his band of child soldiers the trip of a lifetime turns into a nightmare journey into the African jungle.



One Piece by Eiichiro OdaOne Piece by Eiichiro Oda

Monkey D. Luffy, who can stretch his body like rubber, is searching for a treasure called One Piece that was hidden by the pirate Gold Roger. Legend says that whoever finds it becomes the king of pirates.



The Edge by Roland SmithThe Edge by Roland Smith

Peak Marcello is invited to participate in an “International Peace Ascent” in the Hindu Kush, with a team made up of young climbers from around the world.  When the group is attacked, Peak finds himself caught up in a struggle to survive, shadowed by the Shen, a mysterious snow leopard.



Diamond Boy by Michael Williams Diamond Boy by Michael Williams

When Patson’s family moves to Marange region of Zimbabwe, he begins working in the mines, searching for blood diamonds. But then government soldiers arrive and Patson is forced to journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister and a better life.


last updated: February 2016

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I am the Teen Services Librarian at the Grayslake Area Public Library.
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