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Adventure Books for Junior High Teens

These titles are located throughout the library; please find the location in the catalog by clicking on the title. 

Chen, Da – Wandering Warrior (322 pages) – Eleven-year-old Luka, destined to become the future emperor of China, is trained in the ways of the kung fu wandering warriors by the wise monk Atami.

Cooney, Caroline B. – Flight #116 is Down (201 pages) - Teenager Heidi Landseth helps rescue people from a plane crash on her family's property, and the experience changes her life forever.

Goodman, Joan E. – Paradise: Inspired by a True Story of Survival (209 pages) – In 1542, eager to escape the French Hugenot household of her harsh father, sixteen-year-old Marguerite de la Rocque sails with her equally stern uncle, the Sieur de Roberval, to the New World, where she is left alone on an island with only her Catholic lover and her chaperone to help her survive.

Hobbs, Will – Leaving Protection (178 pages) – Sixteen-year-old Robbie Daniels, happy to get a job aboard a troller fishing for king salmon off southeastern Alaska, finds himself in danger when he discovers his mysterious captain is searching for long-buried Russian plagues that lay claim to Alaska and the Northwest.

Hokenson, Terry – The Winter Road (175 pages) – Seventeen-year-old Willa, still grieving over the death of her older brother and the neglect of her father, decides to fly a small plane to fetch her mother from Northern Ontario, but when the plane crashes she is all alone in the snowy wilderness.

Jaramillo, Ann – La Linea (131 pages) – When fifteen-year-old Miguel’s time finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally, and join his parents in California, his younger sister’s determination to join him soon imperils them both.

McCaughrean, Geraldine – The Pirate’s Son (294 pages) – Nathan dreams of fighting pirates in faraway lands. Then his father dies, leaving him penniless. When Tamo, the son of a famous pirate, invites Nathan to join him in Madagascar, it seems as if Nathan's daydreams are coming true.

McCaffrey, Anne – Black Horses for the King (217 pages) – Galwyn, son of a Roman Celt, escapes from his tyrannical uncle and joins Lord Artos, later know as King Arthur, using his talent with languages and way with horses to help secure and care for the Libyan horses that Artos hopes to use in battle against the Saxons.

Mowll, Joshua – Operation Red Jericho (271 pages) - The posthumous papers of Rebecca MacKenzie document her adventures, along with her brother Doug, in 1920s China as the teenaged siblings are sent to live aboard their uncle's ship where they become involved in the dangerous activities of a mysterious seret society called the Honourable Guild of Specialists.

Neale, Jonathon – Lost at Sea (101 pages) – A brother and sister recount their harrowing experiences as they sail a small yacht across the Atlantic Ocean, after their mentally unstable mother's boyfriend is washed overboard.

O’Brien, Robert – Z for Zachariah (249 pages) - Seemingly the only person left alive after a nuclear war, a sixteen-year-old girl is relieved to see a man arrive into her valley until she realizes that he is a tyrant and she must somehow escape.

Paulsen, Gary - The Transall Saga (248 pages) – While backpacking, Mark is transported to a strange world where he struggles to survive.

Rees, Celia – Pirates! The True and Remarkable Adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, Female Pirates (379 pages) – In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family's Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.

Sedgwick, Marcus – Floodland (148 pages) – After global warming causes the sea to rise until cities in England become islands, ten-year-old Zoe goes on a harrowing solitary boat journey to search for her parents.

Torrey, Michele – Voyage of Ice (197 pages) – In 1849, fifteen-year-old Nick and his older brother, longing to be whalers, sign on as hands on the whaling ship Sea Hawk, and find that the journey is full of hardships and unexpected dangers.

Weaver, Will – Memory Boy (152 pages) – Sixteen-year-old Miles and his family must flee their Minneapolis home and begin a new life in the wilderness after a chain of cataclysmic volcanic explosions creates dangerous conditions in their city.

White, Robb – Deathwatch (228 pages) - A hunting trip turns into a test for survival as Ben guides a ruthless businessman into the desert.

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