Amazing Adventures

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School will be out soon and it will be time for kids of all ages to embark on another great summer adventure. BookKids staff suggest some great adventure stories to get the summer started off on a high note. We also have these books and many more on display in BookKids this month.


world explorer

Not for Parents: How to Be a World Explorer by Lonely Planet

This book will teach you the basics of travel and survival, and will make you a world class explorer in no time. You’ll be able to trek the most dangerous jungles, cross the most barren deserts, and climb the most towering mountain peaks in the world. this is the essential guide to creating your own adventures and maybe even finding a hidden treasure.



Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita’s adventures begin immediately when she and her friend Joseph are accidentally sucked into deep space through a dimensional portal. Zita makes friends, enemies, and legends come alive through her fearlessness and compassion. Cosmic!

This is a trilogy:

#1 Zita the Spacegirl

#2 Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

#3 Return of Zita the Spacegirl


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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, and The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

I’ve picked three books that my little boy used to like – and still does. Dr. Dolittle not only talks to animals, he travels across the ocean floor in the shell of the Great Glass Sea Snail! In Treasure Island, the classic, a boy rows off to sea, fights pirates, and finds treasure adventure. The Three Musketeers is an action packed, fast paced story with lots and lots (and lots!) of swords.

JANICORN, part 2

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The Dark Is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper

Another one from Jan! What could be more adventurous than a group of children banding together to seek ancient magical talismans to fight on the side of the Light against the forces of the Dark. Imbued in Arthurian legend and ancient British folklore, Susan Cooper’s The Dark Is Rising Sequence is quite literally the book on modern-meets-medieval adventuring.



Jumanji by Chris Van Allsberg

I had a real tough time picking just one great adventure book, and I’ve decided to go with an oldie but goodie. Jumanji was one of the status books when I was in second grade. At my school, if you were the kid lucky enough to have the library’s copy of Jumanji, you were standing tall. So what was it about this book that made it so special, so coveted? For me it was the magic of a board game coming to very real, very dangerous, life. With each roll of the dice, Judy & Peter face a new danger – a lion on the piano, monkeys in the kitchen, rhino stampede down the hall , and a volcano erupts in the fireplace. They have to finish the game in order to have all the game’s manifestations go away before their parents come home. Judy & Peter play the game of their lives in their living room, proving that you don’t always have to leave home to have a great adventure. The illustrations are fantastic, too.


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