Star Wars, Jedi Quest Series (age 9-12)|
by Jude Watson
war ... science fiction ... adventure ... action
Fourteen-year-old Anakin Skywalker is strong in the ways of the Force. His lightsaber skills are exceptional, and his piloting is legendary. He should be an ideal Jedi apprentice. And yet, there is so much he still has to learn. It is up to Obi-Wan Kenobi to teach him these things. But on a mission to a planet threatened by a toxic disaster, Obi-Wan and Anakin are separated. Anakin and three other apprentices ¿ one of them his rival ¿ must work together in order to survive. Anakin's instincts are clear...but are they right? Anakin Skywalker's destiny will determine the future of a galaxy. These are the events that form his fate.
title: The Way of the Apprentice
title: The Dangerous Games
title: The Master of Disguise
On the Run Series (age 9-12)|
by Gordon Korman
realistic ... mystery ... adventure ... action
Publisher comments: Aidan and Meg Falconer are their parents' only hope. The Falconers are facing life in prison -- unless Aidan and Meg can follow a trail of clues to prove their innocence. The problem? Right now they're trapped in a juvenile detention center. Until they escape one night -- and find themselves on the run, both from the authorities and from a sinister attacker t who has his own reason to stop them. The Falconers must use their wits to make it across the country ... with plenty of tests along the way.
title: Chasing the Falconers
title: Now You See Them, Now You Don't
title: The Stowaway Solution
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
title: Escape by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Gorga, the Space Monster by Edward Packard F PAC
title: The Green Slime by Susan Saunders F SAU
title: Lost on the Amazon by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: The Mystery of Chimney rock by Edward Packard F PAC
title: Prisoner of the Ant People by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Space and Beyond by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Space Patrol by Julius Goodman F GOO
title: Sunken Treasure by Edward Packard F PAC
title: Your Very Own Robot by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Secret of the Ninja by Jay Leibold F LEI
title: Terror on the Titanic by Jim Wallace F WAL
title: War With the Evil Power Master by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: The Lost Jewels of Nabooti by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: The Brilliant Dr. Wogan by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: The Abominable Snowman by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Tattoo of Death by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Return to Atlantis by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Race Forever by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Journey Under the Sea by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: House of Danger by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Forecast from Stonehenge by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: Beyond Escape! by R. A. Montgomery F MON
title: The Case of the Silk King by Shannon Gilligan F GIL
title: Struggle Down Under by Shannon Gilligan F GIL
title: Cup of Death by Shannon Gilligan F GIL
title: Inca Gold by Jim Becket F BEC
The 7 Professors of the Far North
by John Fardell
science fiction ... brilliant protagonist ... math/science/technology ... adventure ... action
When Sam visits Zara and Ben and their great-uncle, the quirky inventor Professor Ampersand, he never expects to embark on a fantastical adventure, overflowing with suspense and intrigue.
sequel: The Flight of the Silver Turtle
The Poisons of Caux Series (age 9-12)|
by Susannah Appelbaum
humor ... adventure ... action ... friendship ... fantasy
Publisher comments: There's little joy left in the kingdom of Caux: the evil King Nightshade rules with terrible tyranny and the law of the land is poison or be poisoned. Worse, eleven-year-old Ivy's uncle, a famous healer, has disappeared, and Ivy sets out to find him, joined by a young taster named Rowan. But these are corrupt times, and the children, enemies of the realm, are not alone. What exactly do Ivy and Rowan's pursuers want? Is it Ivy's prized red bettle, which, unlike any other gemstone in Caux, appears impossibly to be hollow? Is it the elixir she concocted, the one with the mysterious healing powers? Or could it be Ivy herself? Told with wry humor, The Hollow Bettle is the first installment in the Poisons of Caux trilogy, an astonishing tale of herbs and magic, tasters and poisoners.
title: The Hollow Bettle
title: The Tasters Guild
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: Beyond the Grave by Jude Watson F WAT
title: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman F CAR
title: In Too Deep by Jude Watson F WAT
title: Vespers Rising by Rick Riordan F RIO
title: Into the Gauntlet by Margaret Peterson Haddix F HAD
title: The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis F LER
title: The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman F KOR
title: Storm Warning by Linda Sue Park F PAR
title: Cahills vs. Vespers: the Medusa Plot by Gordon Korman F KOR
by Peg Kehret
action ... family ... survival
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern California where his family had been camping, twelve-year-old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to keep himself, his partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until help arrives.
by Nathan Wilson
survival ... action ... adventure
Eleven-year-old Thomas Hammond is in for the ride of his life when he's swept downstream and underground aboard a crumbling raft of Styrofoam. Washing up on a dark subterranean "beach," his only companions are an impulsive dog named Argus and a corpse, from which he takes a flashlight and an all-too-limited supply of batteries. What Tom finds under Leepike Ridge (a castaway, four graves, a tomb, and buried treasure) will answer questions he hadn't known to ask and change his life forever. Now, if he can only find his way home again.
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
title: The Siege of Macindaw
title: Erak's Ransom
title: The Kings of Clonmel
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.
Peter Pan in Scarlet
by Geraldine McCaughrean
fantasy ... adventure ... action
Peter Pan in Scarlet takes readers flying back to Neverland in an adventure filled with tension, danger, and swashbuckling derring-do!
The Lion Boy Trilogy (age 9-12)|
by Zizou Corder
action ... adventure ... science fiction ... humor
Charlie Ashanti can speak Cat. He takes it for granted - but when his mum and dad go missing, the Cats are the only friends he can turn to. Setting out to find his parents, he stows away on an incredible circus ship bound for Paris. On board he meets six proud, beautiful lions who need his help. With danger close behind and uncertainty ahead, they embark together on the adventure of a lifetime.
title: Lionboy: the First Book in a Trilogy
title: Lion-boy: the Truth
title: The Chase
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.
sequel: The Outlaw Varjak Paw
by Eoin Colfer
action ... brilliant protagonist ... mystery
Catalog: Twelve-year-old Fletcher Moon, the youngest qualified private detective in the world, receives a diploma and gold-plated detective's shield after completing an Internet course, and sets out to solve petty crimes at school, but he forced to go on the run when, while investigating the town's biggest crime family, his badge is stolen and he is framed for several crimes he did not commit.
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 Reaction
title: The Change
title: The Unknown
title: The Warning
title: The Underground
title: The Suspicion
title: The Attack
title: The Conspiracy
title: The Illusion
title: The Predator
title: The Extreme
title: The Escape
title: The Solution
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
title: The Artemis Fowl Files