Adventure: It's Not Just for Boys Anymore!
Stories for 5th - 8th grade readers.
Avi - The
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle -
An unchaperoned young lady making an ocean crossing
aboard a sailing ship transforms herself into a sailing mate
the rigging and is accused of murder.
Cooney, Caroline B. - Flight
#116 Is Down -
Heidi is caught in a life and death drama when
a jumbo jet
crashes near her home in the woods of upstate New York. Helping
the victims to survive, Heidi faces the most challenging night
of her life.
Cross, Gillian - Born
of the Sun - 1983, 229p.
Whisked off to South America to help her parents search
for a lost Inca city, Paula must survive the dangers of the
and greedy bandits.
Hill, Pamela Smith - Ghost
Horses - 1996,
At the turn of the century when women were expected to
and clean, a talented teenager disguises herself as a boy to
join an archeological dig searching for dinosaur fossils in
the Dakota Badlands.
Hobbs, Will - Downriver - 1991, 204p.
from their adult leaders while on an adventure trip for troubled
youth, Jessie and several other teens attempt
to raft the Colorado River on their own.
Lindgren, Astrid - Ronia,
the Robber's Daughter -
Ronia is happy roaming the magical forests surrounding
her family fortress, until she makes friends with the son of
rival robber clan.
McKinley, Robin - The
Hero and the Crown -
Aerin discovers an ancient recipe for protection
fire which allows her to kill the dragons that have been harassing
the countryside. When she is hurt, she must find a wizard to
Murphy, Claire Rudolf - To
the Summit - 1992,
Joining her father's expedition, Sarah attempts
to climb Denali, the highest mountain in North America. During
Sarah must face both the treacherous mountain and her rocky
relationship with her father.
Myers, Edward - Climb
or Die - 1994, 180p.
being stranded in a remote area of the Rocky Mountains during
a blizzard, Danielle and her brother must try to reach
a weather station higher up in the mountains to save their
injured parents' lives.
Pierce, Tamora - Alanna:
The First Adventure -
A young nobleman's daughter wants to become
a knight, so she disguises herself as a boy and undertakes
the life of
Savage, Deborah - A
Rumor of Otters - 1986,
Alexa sets off for a remote mountain lake to confirm
the Maori legend that otters live in the wilderness, even though
textbooks insist that otters do not inhabit New Zealand.
Sobol, Rose - Woman
Chief - 1976, 108p.
from her own tribe as a child by the Crow Indians, Lonesome
Star learns to hunt and fight, and succeeds as a warrior
to become the only woman chief of her adopted tribe.
Prepared by Sonya Budach, October 1998