Top 10 Real-Life Adventure Stories January 16, 2018 – Posted in: Top 10s

With not a wizard, fantastical beast or magical realm in sight, these adventure stories for 9-12 year olds are firmly rooted in our own world.  These wonderful stories focus on ordinary children having fabulous adventures, usually travelling far and wide, facing dangers, secrets and mystery and showing us how resourceful and brave you have to be to have a real-life adventure!

1. The Explorer by Katherine Rundell 

2. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

3. Tiger Wars (The Falcon Chronicles) by Steve Backshall

4. A Slice of the Moon by Sandi Toksvig

5. The Phoenix Code: Secrets of the Tombs by Helen Moss

6. Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

7. Running on the Roof of the World by Jess Butterworth

8. An Island of Our Own by Sally Nicholls

9. The Island of Adventure by Enid Blyton

10. Leopard Adventure by Anthony McGowan

Special mentions also go to:

Biggles Learns to Fly by W E Johns

The Tintin Adventures by Hergé

Where the World Ends by Geraldine Mccaughrean

The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier

The Mystery of the Whistling Caves (Adventure Island) by Helen Moss

Almost anything by Michael Morpurgo.  We particularly love The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Running Wild, Shadow or War Horse.

We must also not forget the early adventure stories that paved the way for the wonderful books above.  These can seem very old-fashioned now, and the language means they are tricky for a 21st century youngster to understand. However for those willing to give them a try there is much to love in these classic adventure stories!

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Swiss Family Robinson by J. D. Wyss

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Kim by Rudyard Kipling

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