Top 10 Most Adventurous Children’s Books For Middle Grade Readers
Whether you are trying to keep your middle grade kid busy on weekends, you want their vocabulary to develop or you simply want to boost their imagination, nothing can do a better job than an adventurous book with lots of mystery, action and fantasy. Here are some of the best adventurous books for middle grade readers – keep your little one motivated to discover more and discover the passion of reading books.
Miss Maya And The Bridge To Everywhere, by Norman Baron
The story follows Maya and Bits, two kids and their teddy bear – Randolph. The group grows bigger, as the little trio runs into famous magician Merlin, who is now known as Marlin – just trying to disguise himself. Marlin hangs around an old donkey known as Tamad. Everything looks good, but things take an unusual turn when Maya ends up kidnapped.
An unexpected confrontation with a Condor gets Maya taken to a cave, where she meets bad witch Nivaine. One adventure comes after another. There are more characters popping up from various fields – such as ghosts and American Civil War casualties. The book has a fairly pleasant ending, with all characters gathered together before going their separate ways.
The Trials Of Morrigan Crow, by Jessica Townsend
This is a breathtaking adventure that can hook in both adults and children. It represents the initial story in a long upcoming series. The story follows a cursed girl who manages to survive and end up in a fantasy world. However, this fantasy world is not as fascinating as it might seem – in fact, she has to face a series of challenges in order to stay alive in this unusual world.
But as things seem to go worse and worse, a mysterious man known as Jupiter North pops up. She has been chosen to join a prestigious organization, but there are a few trials to get in there. The main character has to compete against hundreds of super talented children – the only problem is that she has no talent whatsoever. Is she going to make it?
Pax, by Sara Pennypacker
Pax tells a moving story that no one could resist. If this book would make it to a movie, it would beat lots of records. The story follows the unusual friendship between a boy and his fox. The fox is known as Pax and lost his parents when young, but Peter kicked in to rescue the lost animal. Things have changed and the country has gone at war, meaning Peter has to move in with his grandfather and leave the fox behind.
The moving story follows the adventure the two friends have to go through in order to reunite. Peter sneaks out of the house in the middle of the night to find his friend. The two try their best to get together and they have various challenges as they travel through a country ravaged by war. Will they make it back together? Will fate keep their friendship alive?
Terror At Bottle Creek, by Watt Key
This adventure may seem a bit too dark for kids — at least the cover for sure –, but it can teach your little one some valuable lessons about life. Furthermore, it has a mysterious sense and it can hook anyone in. The story follows Cort, who is 13 years old and lives by the coast. His entire life is about to change when an aggressive hurricane targets the coast and the entire settlement is ravaged.
Cort is quite experienced with outdoor and survival adventures. His father is a local hunting expert who has taught him lots of tricks. But when this storm comes over, the young boy has to apply everything he knows in order to survive. One disaster leads to another and the young teenager teams up with two neighbor girls to face the storm and help the ones in need.
The Wolf Wilder, by Katherine Rundell
Katherine Rundell has managed to bring together fantasy, adventure and history in a successful book that will most likely draw your kid's attention. The novel is about resilience and love at the same time and follows Feo's story. Her mother trains domesticated wolves to survive in the Russian wilderness and she seems to follow the same path in life. She loves being close to wolves and getting them ready for freedom.
Three of these wolves simply refuse to leave the house – these are Feo's favorites. They have been wilded already, but their love is hard to describe in words. However, not everyone seems to be happy with the family's career. As a direct consequence, her mother is kidnapped. It is now up to Feo and her friends to travel through the harsh cold to save her mother.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, by Chris Grabenstein
Kyle is a big fan of Luigi Lemoncello. After all, he is a famous game designer and every kid wants to be around him. He designs a new library in town, but not everyone is allowed in. In fact, the opening night will host some sort of competition. Kyle decides to get there and this is when the adventure begins. Kyle and other kids in this competition must solve a series of puzzles in order to open the doors and win the game.
The book can definitely hook your little one in. Furthermore, the adventure is not over with the last page. There are more books in the series and they are just as attractive. Besides, the last part of the book brings in some puzzles for kids, as well as some Q&A sessions with the author. All in all, the plot is excellent for both reading fans and gaming enthusiasts.
Magic Marks The Spot, by Caroline Carlson
This is one of the best adventurous books for middle grade readers – no doubts about it. It follows Hilary Westfield's story. She has always wanted to become a pirate. She tried to sign up for a league of pirates, but she is rejected for being a girl. Instead, her father sends her to a fishing school for delicate ladies – definitely not what she wanted. This is when the adventure begins.
The new school is just like Hilary expected – fancy dresses, delicate activities and so on. One week into the course and she decides to escape. She applies for a job and teams up with a freelance private. However, she gets a task that seems quite complicated – she must find a lost treasure. The quest is no longer as exciting as Hilary expected, as things get a bit dangerous. Will she manage to become a pirate?
The Secret Keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart
Reuben is a regular kid who finds interest in anything that looks new. He is always curious and wants to discover new things. One day, he finds an old pocket watch. It looks like it was made decades ago, but Reuben also discovers that this watch has some incredible powers if used correctly. Practically, this watch can turn the wearer invisible for about 15 minutes. This is when Reuber's imagination goes wild.
The kid simply cannot resist the temptation, especially as he lives in a world suppressed by New Umbra. But when the New Umbra's new ruler – The Smoke – finds out about this watch, Reuben's life is in danger. As he tries to survive, he finds out that this watch holds even greater powers and he does not hesitate to take advantage of them.
The Strangers, by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Strangers is a thrilling adventurous book that will bring in plenty of plot twists to hook your little one in. Chess protects his younger siblings – Finn and Emma. The family is happy – a mom and three children. However, a story makes it to the news – three kids are kidnapped and there are lots of similarities between these kids and the main trio. First and middle names, birthdays and ages are identical too.
The three kids have no idea what is going on. They are left with Ms. Morales and her daughter, as their mother has to take a business trip. Puzzles are quite confusing and there is one plot twist after another. No one is who they seem to be. The confused trio will end up in a completely different world where nothing really makes sense.
Lionboy, by Zizou Corder
Charlie Ashanti has a special talent – he can get along with cats like no one else. It almost feels like he can speak a secret language that only cats can understand. Everything seems alright until one day, when his parents simply disappear.
At this point, Charlie has no one around him but the cats. He embarks upon a challenging journey to find his missing parents. He ends up on a circus ship, where he befriends six lions who could also do with some help. The group ends up on an incredible adventure that will bring in lots of amazing plot twists.
In the end, these are some of the best adventurous books for middle grade readers. Not only will they entice children, but they are so challenging that even a grownup could do with some fantasy storytelling.
If your are more into magic, check out our Magical Children's Books selection for Middle Grade readers.