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Middle School Fiction Genres: Adventure

A guide to assist Middle School Students in expanding their reading choices to different genres


"Today, we define adventure as a remarkable or unexpected journey, experience, or event that a persondetail, a result of chance, is a key element of adventure; the stories usually participates in as a result of chance. This last involve a character who is brought to the adventure by chance, and chance usually plays a large role in the episodes of the story.  Also, adventures usually include dangerous situations, narrow escapes, problems to be solved through intelligence and skill, exotic people and places, and brave deeds." (LiteraryTerms 2015)

Adventure Books

ISBN: 9780545284141

Publication Date: 2012

The False Prince (The Ascendance Series, Book 1)

"New York Times bestseller The False Prince thrills with wild twists and turns, danger and deceit, and the revelation of hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontented kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify he divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point -- he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well .As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner's sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together."  (Barnes and Noble)

ISBN: 9780380725366

Publication Date:  1996

Far North

"When the engine of their float plane fails during a water landing near the head of Canada's monumental Virginia Falls, what began as a sightseeing detour turns into a survival mission for two high-school students and their elderly companion.

With the brutal sub arctic winter about to fall like a hammer, Gabe Rogers, his boarding-school roommate, Raymond Providence, and Raymond's great-uncle, Johnny Raven, are trapped in a deadly wilderness. Braving icy rapids and desperately hunting for moose in their struggle to fend off starvation, all three travelers must rely on the others' knowledge and courage, or survival is out of the question."  (Barnes and Noble)

ISBN: 9781423113386

Publication Date:  2011

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"Since their mother's death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane. 

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a "research experiment" at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them—Set has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe — a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family, and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs." (Barnes and Noble)

ISBN: 9780307929617

Publication Date:  1998

The River (A Hatchet Adventure)

"Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. This time Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him. But a freak storm leaves Derek unconscious.

Brian's only hope is to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. He's survived with only a hatchet before—now can Brian build a raft and navigate an unknown river?"  (Barnes and Noble)

ISBN: 9780545125000

Publication Date:  2010

Zoobreak (Swindle)

"The sequel to Gordon Korman's SWINDLE---the Man With A Plan is back!

When Griffin Bing's class goes to a floating zoo, they don't expect to see animals being treated so badly. They don't expect to find Cleo, Dog Whisperer Savannah's pet monkey who's been missing for weeks. And they really don't expect to have to hide the animals once they've rescued them!

Hilarity ensues as Griffin's team once more pulls off a heist . . . trying to break the animals back into a (better) zoo!"  (Barnes and Noble)

More Information

Adventure stories are much loved by all ages.  In the Tomlin Middle School Library, with approximately 6000 works of fiction, there are around 480 books that are labeled primarily adventure.  This is 8% of the collection of fiction.  Many students check out these novels including the very popular Rick Riordan series.  According to Schmidt, adventure tales played an integral part in the expansion of Euroamerican children's literature.  They were some of the first genres that children adopted for themselves. The goal of an adventure is to "spin a good yarn."  Children's adventures began to grow and develop in the late nineteenth century and has continued to excite their readers to this day.  (Schmidt 2002)


Additional articles to research on your own:

Review of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by E. Bauermeister & H. Smith 

The Books of Our Youth---The Swiss Family Robinson by R.B. Glaenzer


Barnes & Noble. (n.d.). Online Bookstore: Books, NOOK ebooks, Music, Movies & Toys. Barnes & Noble.

Literary Terms. (2015, June 1). Retrieved November 3, 2015, from

Schmidt, N. J. (2002). Adventure Stories. In R. Blanchard (Ed.), Children's Literature Review (Vol. 76). Gale. (Reprinted from Children's Fiction about Africa in English, pp. 105-108, 1981, Conch Magazine Limited)