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Children's books for adventurers and explorers

A good adventure story is a great way to turn your children into avid readers for life! Taking in swashbuckling pirate dogs, fast-paced adventures in an alternative universe, and plenty of super-cool kids, these stories of derring-do will keep children riveted through the Christmas holidays.

Picture books for young adventurers


Matty Long
Set sail with the Salty Dogs on an adventure through the Pirate Islands in search of TREASURE. Their journey won't be easy. They must outwit rival pirates, navigate stormy sea, and keep the poop deck clean if they are to become pirate legends.
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Adventure books for 5 - 8 year olds


Elys Dolan
Dave the dragon dreams of being a bold, brave knight—wearing armour, jousting, and protecting the kingdom from all evil-doers. Dave’s majestic steed is Albrecht, an explorer, a trendsetter, a German-speaking goat, and really quite remarkable … With the help of his favourite book, Knighthood for Beginners, and Albrecht’s love of adventure , can Dave’s knightly dreams come true?
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Roland Chambers, Ella Okstad
When Nelly returns home to discover that her mother has mysteriously disappeared, she vows to stop at nothing until she's found her. Climb to the tops of the clouds in a laundry basket? Why not? Dive to the depths of the ocean in an oversized tin can? Of course! Leave her turtle, Columbus, behind? CERTAINLY NOT!
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Tom Moorhouse, Holly Swain
Teejay, Mo and Ratty definitely shouldn’t be exploring the overgrown grounds of Toad Hall – but that’s never stopped them before. After falling into a tunnel they discover something … someone trapped in the ice house. That someone is none other than Mr Toad, and he’s been there for a hundred years. The children have found him in the nick of time, and with the help of his new friends, Mr Toad is ready to settle a score with some very shady weasels.
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Adventure books for age 9+


Dan Walker
Zoya Delarose wakes aboard a creaking sky ship in the dead of night. She has no idea why she was smuggled aboard or that her life is about to change forever . . .
"This is the stuff of classic swashbuckling fast-moving adventure, complete with a wonderful cast of gloriously named characters, a deliciously evil baddie and a feisty heroine coming into her own." - Booktrust
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Dan Walker
Zoya thought she was safe. She'd defeated the notorious Captain Kane, and had started her new life aboard the Dragonfly. But the life of a sky thief is never smooth sailing, and her old enemy has returned intent on destruction.
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Philip Reeve
There was nothing, and then there was a train. A train with two passengers: a petty thief from a dead-end town, and an android girl who could be more human than the rest of us. Join Zen and Nova as they find out what really lies beyond the end of the universe . . .
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Also available: Railhead

Jo Cotterill, Cathy Brett
Part book. Part comic. One electrifying superhero adventure! Holly Sparkes returns to Blue Haven after her summer holiday to find some strange goings on. Weird green slime is oozing out of the ground, there's been a spate of mysterious robberies, and worst of all she's losing control of her electrifying super-powers. If she could only stop blowing things up, she might just be able to save the day . . . again!
A great read for both boys and girls, with fast paced and exciting plots, this is perfect for comic book and superhero fans.
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Tamsin Cooke
Sometimes real life can be more exciting than the movies… All free-running black belt Finn wants to do is impress eccentric director Agatha Novak, but when he agrees to perform a stunt without any safety wires it starts a chain of events that spirals out of control.
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This eye-catching boxed set is full of adventure and memorable characters in four of the greatest stories ever told. Set sail on the high seas in Treasure Island, be a part of the mischief by the Mississippi River in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, encounter danger in The Jungle Book, and join Mole, Ratty and the irrepressible Toad in The Wind in the Willows.
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Adventure books for teenagers


Matt Dickinson
'The Butterfly Effect ': the scientific theory that a single occurrence, no matter how small, can change the course of the universe forever.
When a butterfly startles a young rabbit, and the rabbit makes a horse rear, it starts a chain of events, over the course of one day, that will change people's lives . . . and end people's lives.
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