NERDS Series (age 9-12)|
by Michael Buckley
adventure ... action ... humor ... brilliant protagonist
Publisher comments: NERDS combines all the excitement of international espionage with all the awkwardness of elementary school, and the results are hilarious. A group of unpopular fifth graders run a spy network from inside their school. With the help of cutting-edge science, they transform their nerdy qualities into incredible abilities! Their enemies? An array of James Bond–style villains, each with an evil plan more diabolical and more ridiculous than the last.
title: NERDS: National Espionage, Rescue, and Defense Society
title: NERDS 3: The Cheerleaders of Doom
Star Wars Series (age 9-12)|
war ... science fiction ... adventure ... action
The Jedi Knights battle the forces of evil in these exciting Star Wars novelizations.
title: Prophets of the Dark Side by Paul Davids F DAV
Choose Your Own Adventure Series (age 9-12)|
authorship ... action ... adventure
You decide the outcome of each of these breathtaking adventures.
title: By Balloon to the Sahara by Douglas Terman F TER
title: The Cave of Time by Edward Packard F PAC
The 39 Clues (age 9-12)|
historical ... action ... adventure ... mystery
Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: "You have a choice: one million dollars or a clue." Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues hidden around the world will reveal the family's secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what's important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.
title: The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan F RIO
title: One False Note by Gordon Korman F KOR
title: The Sword Thief by Peter Lerangis F LER
title: Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix F HAD
Liza, Bill and Jed Mysteries (age 9-12)|
by Peggy Parish
action ... adventure ... realistic ... mystery
Who or what is taking the kitchen scraps from the garbage every night? What starts out as a puzzle becomes a mystery. Every night Grandma leaves table scraps in a wrapped plastic bag in the garbage can where, according to plan, the McNellis children pick them up to feed their kittens. But the plan changes when the bag is gone in the morning. The twins, Liza and Bill, and brother Jed decide to investigate the matter. First the children discover Liza's missing red sweater in a part of the woods she hadn't been to before, next they read about runaway children in the newspaper, and then their new puppy is lost. Finally they find a teepee in the woods with what seems to be Indians in warpaint dancing and shooting arrows! The young detectives must put all the clues together and solve the mystery.
title: Key to the Treasure
by Dan Gutman
action ... adventure ... survival
They can rule the half-pipe, but can they survive this? Jimmy, David, and Henry are psyched. It's summer, school's out, and they are on their way to California, where they will be able to do some major skating. But on the plane, the unthinkable happens: They are hijacked by terrorists. As frightened as they may be, they take action and they succeed. Sort of. They may have beaten the terrorists, but now their plane has crashed in the middle of nowhere and all of a sudden, their summer vacation is about finding food, shelter , and a rescue. Can three normal twelve-year-old boys find a way to get by without fast food and skate parks?
The Ranger's Apprentice Series (age 9-12)|
by John Flanagan
fantasy ... adventure ... action
He had always wanted to be a warrior. The Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways, made him nervous. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now fifteen year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't realize yet is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied....
title: The Ruins of Gorlan
title: The Burning Bridge
title: The Icebound Land
title: The Battle For Skandia
title: The Sorcerer of the North
Ulysses Moore Series (age 9-12)|
by Pierdome Baccalario
action ... adventure ... fantasy ... mystery
Eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia have just moved from London to an old mansion on the English coast. Their new home is filled with twisting tunnels and strange artifacts from around the world, and the twins can't wait to discover all its secrets. Before long, Jason, Julia, and their friend Rick stumble upon a mysterious-looking door hidden behind an old wardrobe. But none of the keys in the house will open it. What lies behind the door? And why has someone tried to conceal it? Jason, Julia, and Rick are determined to find out, no matter what it takes....
title: The Door To Time
title: The Long-Lost Map
The View From the Cherry Tree
by Willo Davis Roberts
action ... mystery
Rob admits having seen a murder, but no one believes him--except the murderer.
Man o' War
by Walter Farley
action ... historical ... animals ... sports
A fictional biography of Man o' War, one of the greatest horses in the history of thoroughbred racing.
Septimus Heap Series (age 9-12)|
by Angie Sage
magic ... fantasy ... humor ... action
Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow ... a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?
by S. F. Said
adventure ... action ... spooky ... magic
Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, until his grandfather tells him about the Way ... a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs, and strangest of all, the mysterious Vanishings.
Animorphs Megamorphs Series (age 9-12)|
by K. A. Applegate
action ... growing up ... animals ... science fiction ... adventure
Fans of the original Animorphs series will love these heart-pounding adventures, told from each character's point of view.
title: The Andalite's Gift
title: In the Time of Dinosaurs
title: Elfangor's Secret
title: The Andalite Chronicles
title: The Hork-Bajir Chronicles
Animorphs Series (age 9-12)|
by K. A. Applegate
action ... growing up ... animals ... science fiction ... adventure
This fantastic, unpredictable, edge-of-your-seat series can best be described as an ``X-Files'' for kids--plus a whole lot more! Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias, and Marco are the Animorphs--five kids who can change into any animal they touch.
title: The Invasion
title: The Visitor
title: The Encounter
title: The Message
title: The Capture
title: The Stranger
title: The Alien
title: The Secret
title: The Android
title: The Forgotten
title: The Reaction
title: The Change
title: The Unknown
title: The Underground
title: The Decision
title: The Departure
title: The Pretender
title: The Attack
title: The Exposed
title: The Experiment
title: The Sickness
title: The Reunion
title: The Conspiracy
title: The Separation
title: The Illusion
title: The Proposal
title: The Predator
title: The Prophecy
title: The Extreme
title: The Escape
title: The Solution
title: The Threat
title: The First Journey
The Silverwing Trilogy (age 9-12)|
by Kenneth Oppel
growing up ... action ... adventure
Shade is a young Silverwing bat, the runt of his colony. But he's determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum, millions of wingbeats to the south. During a fierce storm, he loses the others and soon faces the most incredible journey of his young life. Desperately searching for a way to rejoin his flock, Shade meets a remarkable cast of characters. But which ones are friends and which ones are enemies? In this epic story of adventure and suspense, Shade is going to need all the help he can find, if he hopes to ever see his family again.
Legends of the Ga'hoole (age 9-12)|
by Kathryn Lasky
action ... adventure ... fantasy
It is a time of Legends and a time of chaos. Warlords vie for power and marauding outlaws roam the land. Good King Hrath and his queen, Siv, noble Spotted Owls struggle to keep peace in their kingdom. Grank, noble Spotted Owl, friend and supporter of King Hrath, has exiled himself to Beyond the Beyond, where he has developed his firesight and learns how to work with embers, fire and how to forge metals. He is the First Collier. Deep in a volcano in the farthest reaches of Beyond the Beyond, he discovers a magical Ember but fears its awful powers will be misused and hides it again.
title: The First Collier
title: The Coming of Hoole
title: To Be a King
Artemis Fowl Series (age 9-12)|
by Eoin Colfer
math/science/technology ... mystery ... adventure ... science fiction ... brilliant protagonist ... adventure ... action ... fantasy
Artemis Fowl, a charming but villainous twelve-year-old, takes on the dangerous world of the Fairy People in this unforgettable story. Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl opens up a riveting world of fantasy and mystery where anything, literally, is possible.
title: Artemis Fowl