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
by Tony Abbott
action ... fantasy ... traditions
Publisher comments: Unlike the traditional Santa Claus myth, KRINGLE is a coming-of-age story about an orphan who becomes a force for good in a dark and violent time. It is a tale of fantasy, of goblins, elves, and flying reindeer — and of a boy from the humblest beginnings who fulfills his destiny. Our tale begins in 500 A.D., when goblins kidnapped human children and set them to work in underground mines. Kringle is one such child.... until he discovers his mission - to free children from enslavement. His legend lives on today, as he travels the earth every Christmas Eve to quell the goblins once more.
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 Owlboy Series (age 8-11)|
by Tom Sniegoski
action ... humor ... adventure
Billy Hooten is a weird kid. He gets beat up a lot, and spends the rest of his time doggedly trying to build a robot. One day, Billy Hooten hears a cry for help coming from the cemetery that borders his backyard. Against his better judgment, he runs toward it. And after that, everything changes for Billy Hooten. Because Billy Hooten, you see, is Owlboy. A quick-thinking, goggle-and-feather-wearing superhero who protects the bizarre and monstrous citizens of Monstros City, a city that exists under Billy's hometown of Bradbury, Massachusetts. But is Billy truly worthy of the moniker Owlboy?
title: Billy Hooten, Owlboy
title: The Girl with the Destructo Touch
Secret of the Three Treasures
by Janni Lee Simner
mystery ... action ... humor ... adventure
Move over, Indiana Jones. Eleven-year-old Tiernay West is ready to take over in this hilarious middle-grade adventure novel. When Tiernay hears of possible Revolutionary War gold buried in her own town, little does she expect that its pursuit will have her running for her life.
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: Pieces of Gax
title: Akiko. Pocket size 4, The Story Tree
title: Akiko. Pocket size 5, Bornstone's Elixir
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 Black Belt Club Series (age 8-11)|
by Dawn Barnes
sports ... adventure ... action
In this high-drama action novel, four members of the elite Black Belt Club set off on a daring adventure to save the world from an evil force that can only be stopped if they use their martial arts skills and karate-spirit powers to work together. Full of high-kicks, blocks, and intelligent problem-solving, here is a series sure to pack a punch.
title: Night on the Mountain of Fear
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
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter
by Astrid Lindgren
family ... adventure ... action ... folklore
Ronia, who lives with her father and his band of robbers in a castle in the woods, causes trouble when she befriends the son of a rival robber chieftain.
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