Posts Tagged ‘Adventure stories’

The Spectacular Spencer Gray 

by Deb Fitzpatrick

ISBN 9781925164671

Fremantle Press

 

Spencer Gray is just an ordinary kid, but he manages to get into some pretty extraordinary situations. When Spencer stumbles on a sinister operation in the bush, his life goes into overdrive – midnight rescue missions, super-endangered animals, hair-raising adventures. To survive, Spencer will need to pull off something spectacular.

 

If you want a sneak peek you can read a sample chapter here.

The trouble with a good adventure story is that reading a sample chapter isn’t enough. It just makes you want to read the whole book and this sampler does exactly that. I now want to find out what happens to the characters throughout the rest of the book.

Teaching notes for extended exploration of this novel can be found here.

You can also check out the trailer for The Amazing Spencer Gray which is the first book about Spencer. A series worth checking out for adventure, danger and a bit of fun along the way.

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Never say die

By Anthony Horowitz

ISBN 9781406377040

Walker Books

Loved this series. Can’t wait to get a copy now that it is out. At the school I work I have had to replace this series many times as the books get read over and over and never go out of popularity. I think what I especially love is that the mix of adventure and being a teenager make Alex a very realistic character. The right mix also means that this series is appropriate for a younger audience as well as teens. Some content in similar type series limits their reading audience because of content but this series is perfect so that ten year old students and up can enjoy.

In this brand new, explosive adventure in the number one bestselling series, Alex Rider is trying to get his life back on track after the traumatic events of his last mission. But even Alex can’t fight the past … especially when it holds a deadly secret.

If we go back to the very first book book in the series Stormbreaker you have what I think is one of the best opening sentences ever. I know that is all I need to read to my students and they are hooked.

When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news.

 

Check out the very cool trailer from Walker Books for Never Say Die

Scar Island

By Dan Gemeinhart

ISBN 9781338053845

Scholastic 

This book landed on my desk this week and I have added it to my TBR pile as a must read.  I have even sneaked it to the top of the pile and hope to get stuck in very soon as long as I can get in before the senior students at school grab hold of it or I might have to wait my turn. Certainly one to look forward to.

Book trailers have so much power. They encourage us, taunt us and leave us hurrying to get the book to find out just what is going to happen to the characters. Check out the trailer below and see what I mean. The fact that the author is a fellow librarian is also very cool.

“Jonathan Grisby is the newest arrival at the Slabhenge Reformatory School for Troubled Boys–an ancient, crumbling fortress of gray stone rising up from the ocean. It is dark, damp, and dismal. And it is just the place Jonathan figures he deserves.
Because Jonathan has done something terrible. And he’s willing to accept whatever punishment he has coming.
Just as he’s getting used to his new situation, however, a freak accident leaves the troubled boys of Slabhenge without any adult supervision. Suddenly the kids are free, with an entire island to themselves. But freedom brings unexpected danger. And if Jonathan can’t come to terms with the sins of his past and lead his new friends to safety… then every boy on the island is doomed.”

 

Shooting stars

By Brian Falkner

ISBN 9781775433606

Scholastic NZ

November release.

5

Egan Tucker is fifteen and has been in hiding his entire life. But things are about to change. Forced to leave his home, he must venture out into a world that is unlike anything he has ever known. He is not ready for this world. And the world is not ready for Egan.

Egan has lived his whole life hidden from the world, protected by his mother who snatched him away when she ran from an abusive husband. For fifteen years they have lived in the forest, surviving on the wilds of nature. He knows the bush and forests of the Coromandel Peninsula so well. It provides all their needs. He spends much of his time scouting the bush, hunting pigs with CrackerJack, his faithful dog. On one of these hunts he meets DOC deer culler J. T. Hunter and this encounter changes everything for Egan. They become friends and for Egan who has known no-one else except his mother, this relationship becomes an important aspect of the novel. Then Egan’s mother goes missing and he finds himself in Auckland searching for his moma. Auckland is a world of noise and people, cars and technology. It is a world he has only read about and his adjustment is both difficult and intriguing. The language of the street kids he encounters is foreign to him but he is determined.

He may be well-educated from the books he has read, mostly from second-hand classics his mother has bought him over the years but he is also very naive. These books are the reasons he wants to be a writer and the reason he writes his diary.  I love how Egan is both gullible and strong which comes through perfectly in his diaryand his relationships with the street kids he meets.

His mother has taught him a set of codes to live by and these codes guide him whenever he faces different or difficult situations.

I was totally swept away with Egan and his life. Falkner’s quality writing made these people very real.

This is certainly a story with a difference and one that will be enjoyed by many teen readers for its action and great characters.

After reading this book, the thought occurred to me that this would make a good movie.

 

Theodore Boone

By John Grisham

Theodore Boone is a schoolboy lawyer who loves to fight the bad guys and stop corruption.  However, for 13 year old Theodore, will being an honest lawyer stop him from breaking the law to catch the bad guys? I know a bunch of year sixes who are willing to fight over these books.

There is so much more on the Theodore Boone website. Do drop by and have some fun.

 

 

 

Johnny Danger
By Peter Millet

ISBN 9781743485873
Ebook

It is great to see a New Zealand children’s book trailer as they tend to be few and far between. And it is pretty good too, I must say.
Unfortunately Johnny Danger isn’t out until February next year but I am always keen to promote New Zealand books and writers, and as we have a number of the authors books in my school library then I am sure this will be worth waiting for.
My favourite is The ANZAC puppy.

” Danger’s not his middle name – it’s his surname.

Meet the world’s greatest prankster who has
fooled everyone with his fake spy website.

Given a multimillion dollar budget, he’s
free to design any gadget he likes.

But the world’s not enough when it comes
to playing practical jokes and Johnny’s
appetite for destruction could soon see him
unable to lie another day.

Johnny Danger – he’s double the ‘O’
and triple the ‘NO’.”

Sky Raiders
Book 1 in the Five Kingdoms series
By Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull just keeps writing more and more. Not content with all his other series he now offers us the Five Kingdoms, due out next month.
Great for those who love adventure, mystery, haunted houses and portals to other worlds. I’m not sure how he finds time to sleep with all the writing he is doing.

Cole Randolph and his friends discover more to a haunted house than they bargained for when they go out exploring on Halloween. Cole watches as his friends are whisked away through a portal to a mysterious place underneath the haunted house. He follows them ending up in a place called The Outskirts.
The Outskirts are made up of five kingdoms which lie somewhere between wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. While some people are born in the Outskirts and others have found there way there, there is one thing is for sure, once you are in the Outskirts, it is almost impossible to leave.
Will Cole manage to escape and will the unusual girl, Mira be able to help him find his friends and make their way home.

Fortunately the milk
By Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has an extraordinary ability to write about anything and everything and writes it well.
One of my all time favourite books is his Graveyard book shown here in a previous post. A ghost story which is also a “feel good” story. Love it.
His sophisticated picture book Wolves in the wall is a little on the creepy but cool side and is always out of the library.
Stated on his website;
“This is quite possibly the most exciting adventure ever to be written about milk since Tolstoy’s epic novel War and Milk. Also it has aliens, pirates, dinosaurs and wumpires in it (but not the handsome, misunderstood kind), also a never-adequately-explained-bowl-of-piranhas, not to mention a Volcano God.”

I am really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of this book. The trailer is gorgeously funny.
There are two publications of this book (UK and USA) and I have to admit I am going for the one illustrated by Chris Riddell as I just adore his illustrations.