Adventure, Exploration & Outdoor Kids Fiction

Updated April 20, 2023
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Beyond the bright sea
Wolk, Lauren
- Winner of the 2018 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction -  From the bestselling author of Echo Mountain and Newbery Honor-winner Wolf Hollow, Beyond the Bright Sea is an acclaimed best book of the year. An NPR Best...
365 days to Alaska
Carr, Cathy
Cathy Carr's 365 Days to Alaska is a charming debut middle-grade novel about a girl from off-the-grid Alaska adjusting to suburban life. Eleven-year-old Rigel Harman loves her life in off-the-grid Alaska. She hunts rabbits, takes correspondence...
Be prepared
Brosgol, Vera
"Beautifully drawn, brutally funny, brilliantly honest. Vera is such a good cartoonist I almost can't stand it." --Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile In Be Prepared, all Vera wants to do is fit in--but that's not easy for a Russian girl in the suburbs. Her friends live...
Pax
Pennypacker, Sara
New York Times Bestseller * National Book Award Longlist  From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic,...
Doom's day camp
Hauke, Joshua
"A hilarious postapocalyptic romp full of fun, misfits, and friendship! If you think your friends are oddballs, wait till you meet the kids at Doom's Day Camp!" -John Patrick Green, New York Times bestselling creator of the InvestiGators series The Last Kids on Earth...
The adventure is now
Redman, Jess
A fun-filled, action-packed middle grade novel about a boy who learns about protecting the environment, finding real friends, and living in the now while spending the summer on a remote island. Sometimes it's hard to be Milton P. Greene. He says all the wrong things,...
The wild robot
Brown, Peter
Soon to be a DreamWorks movie, coming to theaters 9/20/24! Wall-E meets Hatchet in this #1 New York Times bestselling illustrated middle grade novel from Caldecott Honor winner Peter Brown Can a robot...
Hello universe
Kelly, Erin Entrada
Winner of the Newbery Medal "A charming, intriguingly plotted novel."--Washington Post Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view--two boys and two...
The last kids on Earth and the doomsday race
Brallier, Max
A Netflix Original series!  The highly-anticipated seventh book in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling series, with over 7 million copies in print! "Terrifyingly fun! Delivers big thrills and even bigger...
The city on the other side
Scott, Mairghread
In The City on the Other Side, a young girl stumbles into a pitched war between two fairy kingdoms, and the fate of San Francisco itself hangs in the balance! Sheltered within her high-society world, Isabel plays the part of a perfectly proper little girl--she's quiet, well...
We are not eaten by yaks
London, C. Alexander.
Eleven-year-old twins Oliver and Celia Navel live on the 4-1/2th floor of the Explorers Club with their father, Dr. Navel. Their mother, Dr. Navel, has been missing for years. So when an explorer shows up with a clue as to where his wife could be, Dr. Navel drags Oliver and Celia to Tibet to find...
The sand warrior
Siegel, Mark
R. J. Palacio, #1 New York Times bestselling author of WONDER, hails this adventure series as "Mind-blowingly beautiful. . . . A must-read." Think Star Wars meets Avatar- The Last Airbender! The Five Worlds are on the brink of extinction...
Long distance
Gardner, Whitney
From the creator of Fake Blood comes another exceptionally charming middle grade graphic novel about friendships both near and far, far away. Vega's summer vacation is not going well. When her parents decide it's time to pack up and leave her hometown of...
Wildwood
Meloy, Colin.
For fans of the Chronicles of Narnia comes the first book in the Wildwood Chronicles, the New York Times bestselling fantasy adventure series by Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society. Now in paperback! ...
The lion of Mars
Holm, Jennifer L.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * Life on Mars is pretty standard.... until a mysterious virus hits.  Don't miss this timely and unputdownable novel from the bestselling author of The Fourteenth Goldfish. Bell has spent his whole life--all eleven years of it--on...
Breadcrumbs
Ursu, Anne.
The winner of numerous awards and recipient of four starred reviews, Anne Ursu's Breadcrumbs is a stunning and heartbreaking story of growing up, wrapped in a modern-day fairy tale. Once upon a time, Hazel and Jack were best friends. But that was before he stopped talking to her and...
The lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
Lewis, C. S.
Give the gift of The Chronicles of Narnia books this Easter and experience all the adventure of C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series in this latest official edition from HarperCollins. Don't miss one of America's top 100 most-loved novels, selected by PBS's The Great American...
April adventure
Roy, Ron
From the author of A to Z Mysteries comes a springtime egg hunt mystery featuring the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries kids! It's a mystery every month from popular A to Z Mysteries author Ron Roy! With the younger siblings of the A to Z Mysteries kids! ...
The very, very far north : a story for gentle readers and listeners
Bar-el, Dan
An inquisitive polar bear named Duane befriends an array of animals as he discovers where he belongs in this charming classic-in-the making that's reminiscent of Winnie the Pooh. In the Very, Very Far North, past the Cold, Cold Ocean and just below the hill that looks like...
James and the giant peach
Dahl, Roald.
From the World's No. 1 Storyteller, James and the Giant Peach is a children's classic that has captured young reader's imaginations for generations. One of TIME MAGAZINE's 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time After James Henry Trotter's parents are...
Long lost
West, Jacqueline
Winner of the Minnesota Book Award * A Texas Bluebonnet Book "Perfect to be read late into the night."--Stefan Bachmann, internationally bestselling author of The Peculiar "A spooky sisterhood mystery that is sure to be a hit with readers."--School Library Journal (starred...

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