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  Watership Down (Paperback) 

Watership Down

Richard Adams (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Adventure Books, Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Watership Down" by Richard Adams, one of the best novels of the 20th century, is a riveting animal fantasy book beloved by young adults and adults alike. A group of rabbits set out on a long journey to find a new home after a small rabbit named Fiver senses great danger to their warren. They go through many adventures before reaching Watership Down. Soon after the rabbits settle down at their home on the down, they go on another dangerous adventure to fetch female rabbits from Efrafa, a warren tightly controlled by a ruthless Chief Rabbit, General Woundwort.

Part of the attraction of this classic adventure story stems from its diverse and interesting characters. The talking animals have distinct personalities. Hazel the leader is fair, quick-minded and always looks out for the interests of the group. Bigwig the fighter is strong, brave and willing to stick out for the weak. Fiver the prophet is small and nervous. Woundwort the villain is intelligent, fearless and power-crazy. "Watership Down" also includes several chapters of short tales about El-ahrairah, the "Prince with a Thousand Enemies", who is cunning and clever.


  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Paperback) 

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Avi (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi tells a suspenseful adventure story with a riveting plot. The main character of this Newbery Honor award-winning book is 13-year-old Charlotte Doyle, who grows and changes over the course of her eventful voyage on the high seas in 1832. The only passenger and the only female on a ship called Seahawk, Charlotte gets caught between a cruel captain and his vengeful crew. Charlotte first sides with the seemingly charming Captain Jaggery while befriending a cook named Zachariah. After realizing the captain's true nature, Charlotte Doyle works hard to win over the crew by becoming one of the seamen. When the captain charges her with a murder she didn't commit, Charlotte is tried and found guilty. But Charlotte manages to survive and win in her struggle with the captain and to arrive at her destination safely. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is a good book for teens in 8th grade and up.


  The Incredible Journey (Paperback) 

The Incredible Journey

Sheila Burnford (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Animals

"The Incredible Journey" by Sheila Burnford is a classic animal adventure book. Three animals-- a Siamese cat, a bull terrier, and a Labrador retriever-- make an incredible journey through the Canadian wilderness in search of their family and their home. The pets face hardship, starvation and wild animals on their adventurous journey. The last chapter, in which they find their owners, is very moving. "The Incredible Journey" is a great chapter book for children in 4th grade through 9th grade. Cat and dog lovers will especially love this heartwarming animal story.


  From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (Paperback) 

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E. L. Konigsburg (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Family

"From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" by E.L. Konigsburg is an adventure story that has delighted children for decades and is considered a modern classic. Two siblings, Claudia and her brother Jamie, run away from their family home and have an adventure at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They uncover the mystery surrounding "Angel", a statue in the museum. Under E.L. Konigsburg's deft pen, the two main characters in the classic chapter book seem very real and likable. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" has won Newbery Medal and ALA Notable Children's Book award, and is often considered one of the best children's books.


  The Mouse and the Motorcycle (Paperback) 

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Adventure Books, Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"The Mouse and the Motorcycle" is another good chapter book from award-winning author Beverly Cleary. Ralph the mouse makes friends with a boy named Keith, the owner of a toy motorcycle, and goes on many adventures. Children in third grade through seventh grade will enjoy the action and adventures in this well-written animal fantasy book.


  Stuart Little (Paperback) 

Stuart Little

E. B. White, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Stuart Little" by E. B. White is a classic chapter book that has delighted generations of children. A mouse born into a human family, Stuart Little goes through many adventures. His biggest adventures occur when he leaves home in search of a lovely bird named Margalo. "Stuart Little" is one of our favorite children's books. Kids in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this fun adventure story.