Everest Series (age 8-11)|
by Gordon Korman
realistic ... survival ... adventure ... action
Publisher comments: Four kids. One mountain. They come from all across America to be the youngest kid ever to climb Everest. But only one will reach the top first. The competition is fierce. The preparation is intense. The challenge is breathtaking. When the final four reach the higher peaks, disaster strikes—and all that separates the living from the dead is chance, bravery, and action.
title: The Contest
title: The Climb
title: The Summit
Gregor the Overlander Series (age 8-11)|
by Suzanne Collins
action ... adventure ... fantasy
Publisher comments: When Gregor falls through a grate in the laundry room of his apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland, where spiders, rats, cockroaches coexist uneasily with humans. This world is on the brink of war, and Gregor's arrival is no accident. A prophecy foretells that Gregor has a role to play in the Underland's uncertain future. Gregor wants no part of it...until he realizes it's the only way to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance. Reluctantly, Gregor embarks on a dangerous adventure that will change both him and the Underland forever.
title: Gregor the Overlander
title: Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods
title: Gregor and the Marks of Secret
title: Gregor and the Code of Claw
title: Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane
Hard Gold: the Colorado Gold Rush of 1859: a Tale of the Old West
action ... adventure ... historical
Publisher comments: Early Whitcomb's family needs a miracle. Their Iowa farm has been in the family for generations, but a long drought has withered their savings and left them in debt. Meanwhile, the great Chicago and Northwestern Railroad wants their land, and if the Whitcombs can't pay their loans, the local banker, Judge Fuslin, will foreclose and sell the farm as his own. Early's uncle (though he's more like a brother), Jesse, thinks he has the solution: to head West and dig for gold. Early is wild to go with him, as much for the adventure as for the gold. But the journey costs money--more than the boys can afford--and when Jesse flees during the night, after being accused of a robbery, Early doesn't know what to believe. When Jesse sends an electrifying message--that he has found gold, but his life is in danger-- Early knows he must do whatever it takes to find him, even if it means running away and joining a wagon train with a strange family. The journey is dangerous and full of hardships, and the closer the travelers get to their destination, the more ruined lives they encounter--lives consumed by the hunt for gold. Then to his horror, Early learns that Jesse has been accused of another, much bigger crime and has fled to a secret place in the mountains. Somehow, Early must get to him without leading Jesse's pursuers right to his door. And even if he succeeds, Early will still have to make the hardest choice of his life.
Nightmare at the Bookfair
by Dan Gutman
humor ... adventure ... action
Publisher comments: Trip Dinkleman hates to read. Hates, hates, hates it. All he wants to do is play lacrosse. So when the president of the PTA asks Trip to help her out on his way to tryouts, he is not happy. He is even more not happy when a stack of books tumbles onto his head and knocks him out cold. And he is even more not happy when he wakes up and has absolutely no idea where he is. Now all he wants to do is get home. But after encountering a haunted house, aliens, talking animals, and much, much more, he realizes getting home might be just a little bit harder to do than he thought.
The Rondo Series (age 8-11)|
by Emily Rodda
action ... adventure ... fantasy ... magic
There are three rules to the old painted, music box: Wind the box three times only. Never shut the box when the music is playing. Never move the box before the music stops. Leo wouldn't dream of breaking these rules, but does his stubborn cousin Mimi listen? She winds the box four times, and suddenly the paintings on its side come to life and a powerful witch is released. Now its up to Leo and Mimi to stop the witch, if only they can find the key to the music box, and the magical world it controls.
title: The Key to Rondo
The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother
by Elvira Woodruff
action ... humor ... fantasy ... magic
When aspiring scientist Nelly Brown uses a magic chemistry set to make her grandmother young again but is unable to stop the alteration, the seventy-year-old woman becomes a baby and Nelly fears that she may shrink into nothing.
The Akiko Series (age 8-11)|
by Mark Crilley
science fiction ... action ... adventure
Akiko's always prepared for something out of this world, as she takes on one exciting intergalactic adventure after another.
title: Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000
title: Akiko and the Great Wall of Trudd
title: Akiko and the Intergalactic Zoo
title: Akiko and the Journey to Toog
title: Akiko on the Planet Smoo
title: Akiko: The Training Master
title: Akiko in the Castle of Alia Rellapor
Series: The Name of This Book Is Secret (age 8-11)|
by Pseudonymous Bosch
mystery ... adventure ... action ... humor
Publisher comments: Warning: this description has not been authorized by Pseudonymous Bosch. As much as he'd love to sing the praises of his book (he is very vain), he wouldn't want you to hear about his brave 11-year old heroes, Cass and Max-Ernest. Or about how a mysterious box of vials, the Symphony of Smells, sends them on the trail of a magician who has vanished under strange (and stinky) circumstances. And he certainly wouldn't want you to know about the hair-raising adventures that follow and the nefarious villains they face. You see, not only is the name of this book secret, the story inside is, too. For it concerns a secret. A Big Secret.
title: The Name of This Book Is Secret
title: If You're Reading This, It's Too Late
title: This Book Is Not Good For You
title: This Isn't What It Looks Like
The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy (age 8-11)|
by William Boniface
science fiction ... adventure ... action ... humor
YIKES! Professor Brain-Drain is on the loose! This supervillain menaces the fine supercitizens of Superopolis, concocting evil-genius schemes and draining everyone's brainpower! (And in this town, there's not a whole lot of that to begin with.) NEVER FEAR! The AMAZING INDESTRUCTO will save the day! He is indestructible! He cannot be harmed by anything! He is the town's greatest superhero! Collect all sixty-four of his trading cards! BUT WAIT! A mystery is afoot in Superopolis. Why is it so hard to get a complete set of the collectible cards? Where is the last card hiding? Who is the real mastermind behind this sinister plot, and what is he planning? Forget the regular superheroes. In a city where everyone is extraordinary, this might just be a job for . . . ORDINARY BOY.
title: The Hero Revealed
title: The Return of Meteor Boy?
The Tales of the Frog Princess (age 8-11)|
by E. D. Baker
princesses ... humor ... folklore ... magic ... fantasy ... action
After reluctantly kissing a frog, an awkward, fourteen-year-old princess suddenly finds herself a frog, too, and sets off with the prince to seek the means--and the self-confidence--to become human again.
title: The Frog Princess
title: Dragon's Breath
title: No Place for Magic
title: Once Upon a Curse
title: The Salamander Spell: A Prequel to the Tales of the Frog Princess
title: Dragon Kiss
title: The Dragon Princess
title: A Prince Among Frogs
Deltora Quest Series (age 8-11)|
by Emily Rodda
action ... adventure ... fantasy ... magic
In the first book of this series, Forest of Silence, the evil Shadow Lord is plotting to invade the land of Deltora and enslave its people. All that stands against him is the magic Belt of Deltora with its seven stones of great and mysterious power. In secrecy, with only a hand-drawn map to guide them, two unlikely companions set out on a dangerous quest. Determined to find the lost stones and rid their land of the Shadow Lord, they struggle toward their first goal--the sinister Forests of Silence.
title: The Forests of Silence
title: The Lake of Tears
title: City of the Rats
title: The Shifting Sands
title: Dread Mountain
title: The Maze of the Beast
title: The Valley of the Lost
title: Return to Del
title: Tales of Deltora