Best Action & Adventure Books for 11 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 action & adventure books for 11 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Supernatural Hero (Volume 1)

by: Eran Gadot
Release date: Nov 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 158
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  • Best Indie Book Awards 2015 – Winner
  • Beverly Hills Book Awards 2014 – Winner
  • Reader’s Favorite Book contest 2014 – Silver Medal
  • IPPY Book Awards 2014 – Bronze Medal 
  • Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2014 – Honorable Mention
  • Indie Excellence Book Awards 2014 – Finalist
  • London Book Festival 2013 – Honorable Mention

Be sure to check the following books in the series!

Don’t try to be someone else, be yourself!
Reading this book will make you see that being yourself is the only way
for success, all you need is to believe.

Andy is the nerd everyone makes fun of. He’s really skinny, wears glasses and talks to himself, but he falls in love with the prettiest girl in the class. One day Grandpa dies and turns into a ghost. Then, Andy discovers a new power, he can see ghosts and talk to the dead.
Join Andy’s journey and find out how a nerd can become a hero.
Supernatural hero is a great children’s book with an outstanding story, for the whole family to enjoy. This book series will stay with you forever.

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Children’s Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Superheroes

2. Sir Sydney Dinkum (Volume 1)

by: Martha GoldMarc Reilly
Release date: Jun 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 160
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AN AWARD WINNING HILARIOUS ADVENTURE! THE BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATED EDITION KOALA BEAR SEEKS KNIGHTHOOD
Can you imagine Crocodile Dundee as an animal? Paddington Bear in shining armor? Or Winnie the Pooh on a noble steed? Meet Sir Sydney Dinkum a rascally koala bear from the Outback of Australia who believes he can be The World’s Next Big Hero. Like Dr. Doolittle he has the super power to talk to all animals, including humans! Like Don Quixote, he believes it’s his job to right the wrongs of the world! But is this just an Impossible Dream? Can a koala really be dubbed knight? Can a little marsupial armed with a boomerang make a difference in the world? Or will Sydney make a mess of things, as usual? The only way to find out is to join Sir Sydney Dinkum on his funny adventures. Don’t Delay! Add to Your Cart Today! Read More for Reviews and Testimonials!

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”A koala bear with a quest, a reluctant wombat and a beautiful deaf dromedary heroine begin their riotous adventures to right the wrongs of the world… should become a chapter book classic.” Shirley Batenton, Interstate Library System

”…(the humor is) reminiscent of the Paddington Bear series.” R.B. Simpson, Blog Review

”Fantastic story, funny for both young and old.” Rizwai Assan, Online Book Review

”Readers of this book will be encouraged to follow their dreams and also be creative in life. …one book that everyone should read.” Angela Aaron Nyanchamba, Kenyan Children’s Book Review

”This trio will steal your heart” B.D. Ellington, Kudos

”Well done to the authors Martha Gold and Marc Reilly, you have put together a well written and illustrated children’s adventure book.”Ben Johnson, Australian Review Blog

”… offers the same level of humor that kids love without any of the violence. ” Nicole Tuhin, PBC (Parents Book Club)

”Sydney is cool! Really cool!” Lucas (age 10) Portola, CA.

color=#FF9900>SIR SYDNEY SUPPORTS THE AUSTRALIAN KOALA FOUNDATION

The Australian koala is in danger of extinction. A portion of all book proceeds are donated to the AUSTRALIAN KOALA FOUNDATION.

SIR SYDNEY’S WEBSITE OFFERS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!!! Go to “About the Authors” for details

“…a fantastic website which offers wonderful free activities for kids as well as great guides for teachers and parents.” Jeannette Marshall, Teacher and Parent

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

3. Pippi Goes on Board (Pippi Longstocking)

by: Astrid LindgrenFlorence Lamborn
Release date: Feb 24, 1977
Number of Pages: 144
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Outrageous Pippi Longstocking has no parents around and no rules to follow, so she lives according to her own daredevilish ways. She’s been treating her friends Tommy and Annika to wild adventures, too–like buying and eating seventy-two pounds of candy, or sailing off to an island in the middle of a lake to see what it’s like to be shipwrecked. But then Pippi’s long lost father returns, and she might have to leave Villa Villekulla!

From the Hans Christian Andersen Medal-winning author of the classic Pippi Longstocking, this is another rollicking adventure that’s sure to please fans of the freckled, fun-loving little girl.

“Lovers of Pippi Longstocking will welcome this rollicking tale of a topsy-turvy world in which Pippi and her next-door neighbors put into practice some ideas about good times.” – School Library Journal

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

4. The Dreamer, The Schemer & The Robe (The Amazing Tales of Max & Liz, Book Two)

by: Jenny L. Cote
Release date: Aug 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 400
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Winner of the 2010 Gold Award from the Readers Favorite Book Review and Awards!

After saving Noah and family from the evil stowaway Charlatan aboard the ark in The Ark, the Reed, & the Fire Cloud, heroes Max and Liz, along with faithful mates Kate and Al, earn immortality and a directive from God to serve as His envoys for pivotal points in human history. They have waited for centuries for a word from the Maker; now they learn they are to work behind the scenes in the life of Joseph. In The Dreamer, The Schemer, & The Robe the fate of an entire nation rests in their paws.

All looks hopeless for the young teenager as Joseph s brothers sell him into slavery in Egypt. Has Charlatan returned to Egypt to once again stop Max and Liz from accomplishing their mission? With the help of two new characters, a British archeologist mouse and a forlorn camel, they must combat the forces of evil that are out to thwart their plans, leading them into mysterious adventures with pyramids and mummies. If Max and Liz fail in this mission, all of Egypt will suffer from famine, and the Hebrew nation will never be born.

Abounding in life lessons on struggle, enduring trials, forgiveness, and redemption, The Dreamer, The Schemer, & The Robe is a nonstop thriller filled with twists and turns, side-splitting humor, treachery and heartache, hope and redemption.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

5. Truth Runner (Son of Angels, Jonah Stone)

by: Jerel Law
Release date: Nov 12, 2013
Number of Pages: 272
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Faced with unparalleled grief, will Jonah return to Elohim?

Parents are looking for fiction that makes Christianity exciting for their kids. This series is the first Christian answer to Percy Jackson, the Kane Chronicles, the Secret Series, and other middle grade series packed with action and adventure. But the message is solidly based in Scripture, conveying that God is always in control.

It has been a trying six months for Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone. They have been grieving over the loss of their nephilim mother, who was murdered by Abaddon’s forces. As part angels, the siblings have been in school with other children of nephilim to hone their special powers

In Truth Runner, Jonah has left Angel School and attempts to forget Elohim’s calling by moving back to his hometown and starting high school as a “normal” kid. But Jonah can still see fallen angels—and the evil they’re doing. When Jonah realizes the Fallen are attacking his friends without their knowledge, he is faced with a choice: continue to ignore it and forge his own path, or remember who he really is and fight for his friends.

As Jonah’s story begins to resemble his Biblical character’s namesake, will he turn back to Elohim’s path for his life?

Meets national education standards.

 

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

6. The Adventures of Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart: The Disappearing River

by: David MittanGail Mittan
Release date: Oct 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 81
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The MakeThinkers. Team – an MIT graduate with two children, and his mom, a highly experienced, elementary school teacher – created this adventure story with fun challenges to help your children unlock their natural creativity & powerful critical thinking skills.

Each chapter takes less than 15 minutes to complete. It’s perfect for parents to read to their children at bedtime, or for older children to read on their own.

Zoe Flynn and Alex Everhart live on Harriet street, in a quiet town near NYC. They are best friends and enthusiastic adventurers. When they find a magnificent, golden colored wooden box in the attic, their lives change forever! Inside the box are the Enchanted Sweaks of Yellowfield which take them on a fantastic journey into hidden lands with magical creatures right here in our world!

Read ten exciting adventures and solve the fun challenges at the end of each chapter to help Zoe & Alex find the disappearing river!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

7. The Shadowmagic Trilogy

by: John Lenahan
Release date: Sep 09, 2014
Number of Pages: 864
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A Lord of the Rings for the 21st century. Only a lot shorter. And funnier. And completely different.

The complete Shadowmagic trilogy. Including Shadowmagic, Prince of Hazel and Oak and Sons of Macha.

Shadowmagic is a fantasy adventure for young adults (although grown ups will like it too). Written by one of the most popular magicians in the country it brings a fresh approach to the genre and will have a broad appeal beyond the fantasy sections.

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8. Montague: The Pit Bull of Park Avenue

by: Mary GregoryRoger Kabler
Release date: Jun 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 54
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An amazingly illustrated children’s book follows the adventures of a Pit Bull rescued by an upscale New Yorker.

“A magical adventure for kids & dog lovers of all ages. Thanks for the wonderful message that we are responsible for the care & training of our canine companions.” – Amazon Verified Review

A thoughtful afterward focuses on the respect we should have for dogs.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

9. Bear (The Puppy Place #14)

by: Ellen Miles
Release date: Sep 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 80
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Brrr! It’s cold! Snuggle up with a happy husky in this winter adventure.

10-year-old Lizzie Peterson and her family are on an adventurous winter vacation in snowy Vermont when she meets Bear, an adorable husky called lazy and then abandoned by his sled-dog racing team. Lizzie falls in love with Bear, and rescues him when he gets lost during a big snowstorm. Will Lizzie be able to find Bear a home where he is appreciated? When she meets Fern, a young musher, Lizzie goes on the ride of her life–and thinks she may have found the answer.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

10. The Secret of the Shamrock (Chime Travelers)

by: Lisa M. HendeyJenn Bower
Release date: Jul 21, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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When Patrick has to work on his church’s cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever? Find out in The Secret of the Shamrock.

Book 1 in the Chime Travelers series, exciting new chapter books ideal for children in grades 2-5.  

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

11. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness #3: Soul Eater

by: Michelle PaverGeoff Taylor
Release date: Feb 20, 2007
Number of Pages: 336
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Torak has survived the summer and his heart-stopping adventure in the Seal Islands. He and Wolf are together again. But their reunion is all too short-lived. As mid winter approaches Torak learns the worst from the White Fox clan. The Soul-Eaters have snatched Wolf and will sacrifice him. Desperate to rescue him, Torak hatches a perilous plan and one which he must carry out alone. He will find the Soul-Eaters and infiltrate the cult.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

12. Star Dancer

by: B.N. Rundell
Release date: Jul 05, 2016
Number of Pages: 164
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This is a story about a horse and a boy, but not just any horse: a wild mustang stallion and not just any boy, but a native American proud member of the Arapahoe nation on the Wind River reservation in Wild Wyoming. When these two wild hearts are knit together through unique circumstances and challenges, they become a championship team.

Chastised by his peers and often excluded because of his disability, Trey Standingelk is more comfortable enjoying the solitude of long rides in the mountain with just his horse, his dog and his lifelong friend and often companion, Skye.

The two companions find themselves as the captors and eventual trainers of a beautiful mustang stallion, but Trey’s challenges lend an obstacle that must be faced. After learning about the opportunities in the realm of horse training and especially the competitive arena of Free-Style Reining, Trey and Star’s world is rapidly expanded. The connection that develops between the horse, Star Dancer, and Trey goes far beyond man and beast, and becomes a heart to heart lifelong bond.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Special Needs

13. The Fairy Swarm (The Imaginary Veterinary)

by: Suzanne SelforsDan Santat
Release date: Oct 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 240
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Ten-year-olds Ben Silverstein and Pearl Petal have had quite a busy summer as apprentices of Dr. Woo, veterinarian for imaginary creatures. Together, they’ve encountered all sorts of magical beasts–a sasquatch, a lake monster, a dragon, a unicorn, a griffin, and even a leprechaun!

When a swarm of sugar fairies escapes into Buttonville, Pearl and Ben are tasked with catching the mischievous creatures. But with know-it-all Victoria getting in the way, the quest will prove difficult. Can Ben and Pearl protect the townspeople, keep the fairies safe, and outsmart the dangerous poacher, Maximus Steele?
In this thrilling finale to the Imaginary Veterinary series, Suzanne Selfors delivers an incredible adventure, filled with twists, turns, and tons of fun that is anything but imaginary!
This book includes bonus writing, art, and science activities that will help readers discover more about the mythological creatures featured in The Fairy Swarm. These activities are designed for the home and the classroom. Enjoy doing them on your own or with friends!
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Children’s Books > Animals

14. Rivers of Fire (Atherton, Book 2)

by: Patrick Carman
Release date: Apr 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 336
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In bestselling author Patrick Carman’s rich and riveting follow-up to The House of Power, an extraordinary world meets its destiny in an epic and unforgettable rebirth.

The world of Atherton has collapsed and the three levels have become one. Humans and monsters, once separated by vast cliffs, now roam the surface of Atherton together. The inside of Atherton–where the most troubling secrets are hidden–has been breached. While Edgar embarks on a life-or-death quest to find Atherton’s mad maker, his two friends, Samuel and Isabel, venture through dangerous underground realms, confronting deadly cave dwellers, rivers of fire, and waters of life.

Atherton is not what it seems at all, but something far more dangerous, with a history locked inside the mind of a madman and a future beyond Edgar’s wildest imagining.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

15. Ballistic: Icarus Series, Book Two

by: Aria MichaelsL.J. StockClaire Allmendinger
Release date: Jun 01, 2016
Number of Pages: 412
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It’s been three days since Solar Storm Icarus silenced the world…three days since the GRS virus wiped out most of humanity and started changing the few who remained. Liv and the others made it through the initial wave, but they’ve lost a lot along the way and the journey to Salvation is far from over. A rogue military organization has taken hold of the area and they possess a weapon that could change everything.

When Liv finds out her brother and the other refugees are being held captive at Camp Seco, she will risk everything to get him back. As the group embarks upon a dangerous rescue mission, a rival band of survivors threatens their safety and a new storm gathers overhead. The virus has spread and the infected are being drawn together. What’s worse, the beast that lurks inside of Liv is growing stronger and more difficult to control. But Liv has a promise to keep–and her little brother is running out of time.

Will Liv be able to harness her strength to save her brother and the hundreds of other innocents beyond the walls of Camp Seco, or will she let the monster out and put them all at risk?

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16. Cheechako (Cheechako Series, Book 1)

by: Jonathan Thomas Stratman
Release date: Mar 24, 2014
Number of Pages: 145
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Will Rollins, a greenhorn––cheechako––(chee-chock-oh) is miserable in his new Alaska life. In addition to the bully after him, he can’t seem to make any friends in school and doesn’t know a thing about dogsleds, riverboats, hunting, or surviving at 40 degrees below zero.

Even though he doesn’t feel very brave, Will darts out alone onto rampaging-river ice to rescue a stranded dog. His bravery wins him a valuable, trained sled dog, Blackie, and a new human friend as well, an Alaskan Indian boy named Elias.

It’s Elias who challenges and inspires the cheechako to become a rugged outdoorsman and a real Alaskan. Will starts out by feeding, harnessing and then driving a sled dog team. He learns to throw a hatchet–and hit what he aims at! He learns to snowshoe and stay alive in the cold, to challenge his fears and to push on when everything he wants to do is quit. Best of all, he learns to be a good friend.

But when a fierce, Siberian blizzard rampages across central Alaska, stranding Will’s family, nearly burying their log cabin in wind-blown snow drifts,it will be up to Will and Blackie to try to make it out alive. With Elias injured and Will’s family in danger of freezing, can a cheechako save them? Can he save himself?

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

17. The Sign of the Carved Cross (Chime Travelers)

by: Lisa M. HendeyJenn Bower
Release date: Jul 21, 2015
Number of Pages: 128
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Katie joins her friends in being mean to the new girl, Lily. But suddenly, Katie becomes the new girl—in 1675! She has no idea how she traveled in time to a Native American village, but she’s hoping the young woman she meets will be nicer to her than Katie was to Lily. Tekakwitha is a quiet girl with scars on her face from a terrible disease. Tekakwitha’s family doesn’t accept her because of her faith, and soon she and Katie have to run away in the middle of the night. Will Katie ever find her way back home? Find out in The Sign of the Carved Cross.

Book 2 in the Chime Travelers series, exciting new chapter books ideal for children in grades 2-5.  

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

18. The Spirit of Chatsworth Mansion

by: Alice Scovell Coleman
Release date: Nov 29, 2006
Number of Pages: 176
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Tim Ross has moved a lot in his fourteen years. As he is about to enter ninth grade, Tim must move again, this time to Saratoga Springs, New York. The house his parents have rented, sight unseen, is the former home of Victorian author Charles Chatsworth. Chatsworth Mansion turns out to be a monstrosity, right out of a horror movie, with a reputation to match. From past experience, Tim knows that being the new kid in town is tough, especially if you are short and brainy. But in Saratoga, he is more than just the new kid: he is the freak who lives in the freak house. Bored and lonely, Tim becomes obsessed with finding the key to the attic. He does not know what he will find up there, but he feels certain it will make his life more exciting. He is right.
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19. Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry (Super Chicken Nugget Boy (Quality))

by: Josh LewisDouglas Holgate
Release date: Apr 27, 2010
Number of Pages: 144
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He’s faster than fast food! Crispier than Chex Mix! He’s . . . . Super Chicken Nugget Boy!

When Fern Goldberg arrived at Bert Lahr Elementary School, he was justan average kid: nearsighted, a touch on the skinny side. Then he fellinto the pool of radioactive green goo behind Bogie’s Burger Barn. Nowwhenever his skin comes into contact with condiments, he transformsinto a bona fide, deep-fried superhero who’s not afraid to take onvillains great and small, from the class bully to the giant, mutatedFrench fry who threatens to crush the whole school beneath his massive,starchy feet . . . . Villainous vegetables beware! Here comes the mostformidable food fighter in history!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

20. Secrets of the Dragon Tomb

by: Patrick SamphireJeremy Holmes
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 337
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Mars in 1816 is a world of high Society, deadly danger, and strange clockwork machines. Pterodactyls glide through the sky, automatic servants hand out sandwiches at elegant garden parties, and in the north, the great dragon tombs hide marvels of Ancient Martian technology.

Twelve-year-old Edward Sullivan has always dreamed of becoming a spy like the ones he reads of in his favorite magazine, Thrilling Martian Tales. Instead, he spends his days keeping his eccentric family from complete disaster … that is, until the villainous archeologist, Sir Titus Dane, kidnaps Edward’s parents as part of a scheme to loot an undiscovered dragon tomb.

Edward and his sisters set out on a perilous pursuit across the Martian wilderness. Together they must evade Sir Titus’s minions, battle mechanical nasties, and escape deadly Martian hunting machines. If they can’t, they will never uncover the secrets of the dragon tomb and rescue Edward’s family.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Siblings

21. Far-Flung Adventures: Fergus Crane

by: Paul StewartChris Riddell
Release date: May 09, 2006
Number of Pages: 240
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FERGUS CRANE! YOU ARE IN GREAT DANGER! I AM SENDING HELP.
Signed T. C., your long-lost Uncle Theo

Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life—having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship Betty Jeanne and helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box appears at the window of his waterfront home and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exciting adventure! The box is followed by a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to meet his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, Bill, and Jackson. Fergus finds out that his teachers are not quite what they seem— they’re actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates on the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there?
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

22. The Dangerous Christmas Ornament

by: Bob Siegel
Release date: Jan 27, 2015
Number of Pages: 148
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What kid could resist the chance to wish for anything he wanted even if he knew he was flirting with certain danger every single time he made the wish? Twelve year old Mike Owen has received a special present from his eccentric Aunt Loureen, a magic Christmas ornament. The ornament functions as a kind of Aladdin’s lamp but with a unique twist: Each time Mike’s wish is granted, something bad happens to another person who was with him at the time the wish was spoken. This, of course, sets up a chain reaction of trouble and adventure. Weighing his own desires against the consequences to those around him, Mike learns a valuable lesson about choices and personal responsibility while experiencing a non-stop adventure with extremely unusual turns.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

23. Zip and Zap Take a Nap (MJ Kids)

by: Christine Ann GoweyAndi KleinmanBrandie Gowey
Release date: Jan 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 36
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Everyone knows that adults can have changes in hormones, but does everyone know that this can also affect children?  Dr. Gowey estimates that millions of children annually are misdiagnosed as ADD, ADHD, depressed, anxious or as having behavioral problems when really it may be hormones made by the adrenals that are off and creating symptoms. This book explores Adrenal Fatigue in a way that both kids and parents can easily understand and discuss in the format of a fun story. The illustrations capture the child’s imagination and make it easy to relate to the characters in the story, Zip and Zap.  After reading this story, we will all want to Take a Nap!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health

24. Princess Juniper of the Hourglass

by: Ammi-Joan Paquette
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 304
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In this royal adventure, Princess Juniper learns what it means to rule a kingdom—the perfect story for girls who love princesses AND adventure!

For her thirteenth nameday all Princess Juniper wants is a country of her own. So when rumblings of unrest start in his kingdom, Juniper’s father decides to grant his daughter’s wish and sends her to a small, idyllic corner of the Hourglass Mountains until trouble blows over. Once there, Juniper discovers that ruling a small country–even just for the summer–is a bit harder than she’d expected, especially when cousin Cyril challenges her rule. Still, the most difficult part is to come. Juniper and her friends discover that her father’s kingdom is at war. The only way to stay safe is to remain in the Hourglass Mountains much longer than planned. Juniper may have her own country after all . . . but what will that mean for the kingdom of Torr?

This book is perfect for fans of Frozen and Brave, who like their princess strong and smart as well as sparkly. 

“I absolutely loved Princess Juniper of the Hourglass!  It’s fantastically delightful, delicious, and satisfying.  You’ll want to follow Juniper to her kingdom — or even better, start your own!”—Sarah Beth Durst, author of Enchanted Ivy and Ice
  

“I adored Princess Juniper! Readers will cheer as she leads and defends her hidden kingdom in this deliciously charming fantasy.”—Julie Berry, author of The Secondhand Charm and The Amaranth Enchantment

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25. Ten Again

by: Michael J. Bellito
Release date: Feb 25, 2010
Number of Pages: 172
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“Hey, Mike, what’re we gonna do today?” It’s 1960, and Mike is ten again, at least in his mind. Looking back on his final year of elementary school, he reflects on the many challenges that confronted him then. Junior high and the opposite sex loom on the horizon-his mini-version of the New Frontier. From the neighborhood baseball field to the local movie theatre, from Halloween to Christmas morning, and from Bozo buckets to a once-in-a-lifetime trip across the country to Disneyland, Mike is constantly in motion-and often in trouble. But he has his younger brother Tommy and a few close friends to help him navigate the vast suburban wilderness. This snapshot of a bygone era shows the last generation allowed to be kids taking full advantage of it-and having the time of their lives. MICHAEL J. BELLITO taught Speech and English, including creative writing classes, at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, for thirty-two years. He has been previously published in North Shore, a Chicago-area magazine. That piece was a short story about his grandfather entitled “Waiting for a Pennant.” Ten Again is his first novel. He is currently teaching at Harper College, a local community college. Having raised two children, he now lives with his wife in Wheeling, Illinois.
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26. Jala and the Wolves

by: Marti Dumas
Release date: Feb 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 98
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Do You Believe in Magic?
Jala does. So when a mirror appears in Jala’s room and transports her to the world of wolves — the fact that she’s become a wolf herself is only the beginning! Can she help her pack survive? And will she ever get back to her human family again?

Readers of classic fantasy like The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Alice in Wonderland will adore this chapter book for young readers. Buy this delightful adventure today.
 
What Readers Are Saying:
 
“A lovely and whimsical read for any little girl or grown woman like myself.”
“Dumas taps into a fantasy that I believe many children probably have (sometimes pretending that they’re an animal, or in Jala’s case, becoming that animal) and what they can learn from that fantasy. Jala learns more about herself, her family, and her world through her adventure as a wolf and that translates to an added layer of discussion that you could have with your child while reading this book. This would make a lovely addition to any child’s ebook library.”
“Jala and the Wolves…reads like a Hindu fairytale with its quaint nature-filled charm and elegant magic. It reminds me of the books I read as a child – The Secret Garden and the like – and that makes it something I want to share with my daughter.”
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

27. The Pirate’s Booty (Inventor-in-Training Book 1)

by: D.M. DarrochJennifer L. Hotes
Release date: Apr 19, 2015
Number of Pages: 231
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Reviews:

“…a refreshing change of pace…demands a slightly higher reading comprehension level and introduces scientifically challenging vocabulary…what good Young Adult books should demand of our children… . The science in this book is fantastic and any science-loving child will relish what the author has to say on the subject of theoretical physics and chemistry.” – Illinois Review

” a quirky, funny, and imaginative book, featuring cleverly written characters, a twisting plot, and a unique and entertaining adventure.” – Mother Daughter Book Reviews
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Description:

A parallel universe, a pirate ship, a talking bird, and one seriously eccentric captain.

After a laboratory mishap, inventor-in-training Angus Clark finds himself aboard the Fearsome Flea. The pirate crew mistakes the middle schooler for his alter ego, a dirty, rude cannon boy. Clever Angus must face a sea battle, a nasty mutineer, and walk the plank.

Will the scientific Angus survive life on the leaky Fearsome Flea? Why is Maniacal Marge out to get him? Will he ever return to his own world? And can his mother endure the mischievous pirate who now lives under her roof? Helped by a sassy, body jumping macaw and a fastidious, cookie-baking pirate captain, Angus uses his ingenuity and trusty screwdriver to set the worlds right.

The Pirate’s Booty begins the story of Angus Clark, a middle schooler striving to be an inventor. While working on his latest invention, Angus accidentally transports himself to a parallel universe where pirates still terrorize the waters.

D.M. Darroch introduces the Inventor-in-Training series with smoke and a sizzle. Breakneck pacing and lighthearted humor will delight quick-witted readers looking for an adventurous good time.

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28. Boone: The Forgotten (The Books of the Gardener Book 2)

by: Lauren H. BrandenburgJordan Crawford
Release date: Jul 03, 2014
Number of Pages: 227
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Boone Tackett’s year is off to a bad start. He is confused by new visions, doesn’t have a single class with his friends, and has to eat lunch alone. To make matters worse, he learns that a dark force is threatening the peaceful existence of the Mishpachah. When he finds that a mysterious leader with a bizarre secret has emerged among them, he is caught between defending his position in the garden and preventing chaos from overthrowing their way of life. With the assistance of the reclusive Binders, and an assignment that involves a society of misplaced collectors, Boone will have to pass through the darkness in order to save the garden and prove that he is not forgotten.
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29. Ianto

by: Annie O’HaeganDan Uribe
Release date: Mar 16, 2014
Number of Pages: 240
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When a disaster leaves 14-year-old Tan Trudeau alone and stranded in the Ontario wilderness, she must rely on her father’s outdoors survival training and her own instincts to stay alive. Her struggles lead her to a starved and injured coyote that becomes dependent on her for his own survival. As the coyote’s dependence slowly transforms into trust, a relationship develops that may save them both.

Ianto is an unforgettable story of courage, survival, and trust – of two born enemies who must learn to share their world in order to stay alive.

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30. Outlaw Heroes

by: Deanna Lynn Sletten
Release date: May 17, 2012
Number of Pages: 150
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Butch and Sundance ride again but this time they are taking you with them!

Twelve-year old Will Long loves the old west and his favorite stories are ones about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. When he was younger, Will and his father watched old western movies together and read books about old-time outlaws and lawmen. His father worked on a ranch and he and Will would ride horses together, rope cattle and attend rodeos. Tragically, this all ended the day his dad suddenly died and Will and his mother had to leave the ranch and move into town. Three years later, Will still struggles with the death of his father and doesn’t like the new man in his mother’s life.

Will and his mother head west to Spokane, Washington on an Amtrak train to attend a family reunion and the one-hundredth birthday celebration of his great-grandmother. During the train ride, Will is suddenly awakened to find he’s been transported back in time and the train is being robbed by none other than Butch and Sundance. Will joins in with the outlaws and jumps at the chance to follow along with them despite Sundance’s protests. Will follows the outlaws on some of their most famous robberies and also gets to meet the infamous Etta Place, Sundance’s wife. But when a bank robbery goes sour, Will begins to wonder if being an outlaw is as exciting as he’d once thought. Join Will as he learns life lessons along the way and discovers a family secret that has been hidden for decades.

Come join the adventure!

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