Action & Adventure
Prepared by Lynette Pitrak, December 2008
Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games - 2008, 374 p.
In the near future, sixteen-year-old Katniss’ younger sister is chosen by lottery to fight in the Hunger Games. When Katniss voluntarily takes her place, she is forced to compete in an annual gladiator-style competition to the death while the rest of the world watches on television.
Cooney, Caroline B. - Code Orange - 2005, 200 p.
Even after 9/11 tore up his beloved city, Mitty Blake remained a carefree teenager. This changes when he is potentially infected with the smallpox virus and kidnapped by terrorists for use as a human biological weapon.
Higgins, Jack - Sure Fire - 2006, 237 p.
Feisty fifteen-year-old twins Rich and Jade must save their spy father, who they hardly know and don’t trust, from Russian terrorists. (Sequel: Death Run)
Horowitz, Anthony - Stormbreaker - 2000, 192 p.
Alex Rider has unknowingly been trained to follow in his uncle’s footsteps as a secret agent. When his uncle is suddenly killed, it is up to Alex to save London from a diabolical genius with a grudge. (Book one in the Alex Rider series)
Muchamore, Robert - The Recruit - 2005, 342 p.
Math genius and tough guy James Choke has never met his father, so when his mother suddenly dies, he rebels by beating on classmates and vandalizing cars. His only chance at staying out of jail is to join CHERUB, a deadly secret branch of British intelligence for kids under seventeen. (Book one in the CHERUB series)
Ô Guilín, Peadar - The Inferior - 2007, 438 p.
Speech-impaired Stopmouth only survives in his savage, cannibalistic tribe because his brother is Chief. Then, a brutal betrayal forces Stopmouth and a beautiful stranger to save the only world he has ever known. (Book one in the Bone World Trilogy)
Patterson, James - The Angel Experiment - 2005, 422 p.
Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, the Gasman, and Angel are mutants, an experimental cross between regular teenagers and birds. When Angel is kidnapped by the mad scientists who bred them, the rest of the mutants brave the Erasers, murderous wolf-humans, to save her from torturous testing. (Book one in the Maximum Ride series)
Riordan, Rick - The Lightning Thief - 2005, 375 p.
Percy Jackson, son of a mortal mother and an Olympic god father, is wrongly blamed for stealing King Zeus’ lightning bolt. The quest to recover this all-powerful treasure and clear his name forces the high school freshman into the middle of one of the oldest and most gruesome wars of all time. (Book one in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series)
Simmons, Michael - Finding Lubchenko - 2005, 280 p.
Trouble-making rich kid Evan and his two best friends take a dangerous trip to Paris; and using clues from a stolen laptop, track down the criminals who framed his father for terrorism. (Sequel: The Rise of Lubchenko)
Yancey, Richard - The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp - 2005, 339 p.
Alfred Kropp’s uncle gave him a choice: steal the legendary sword Excalibur or end up in foster care. Now Alfred is trying to save the world while being hunted by treacherous monks, motorcycle gangs, and modern-day knights. (Book one in the Alfred Kropp series)