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Grades 1-2
Harvey Moon, museum boy

Cummings, Pat. Harvey Moon, museum boy.
When Harvey and his pet lizard Zippy go on a school field trip Zippy gets loose in the museum and they have a harrowing adventure.

Louise the adventures of a chicken

DiCamillo, Kate. Louise, the adventures of a chicken.
Longing for adventure, intrepid Louise leaves her comfortable nest and goes to sea.

Peanut and pearl's picnic adventure

Dotlich, Rebecca . Peanut and Pearl's picnic adventure.
Two friends set off for a picnic together, but by the time they are ready to eat, they have lost one another.

dodsworth in New York

Egan, Tim. Dodsworth in New York.
When Dodsworth sets out for an adventure, including a stop in New York City before going to Paris, London, and beyond, he does not expect a crazy duck to stow away in his suitcase and lead him on a merry chase.

the adventures of polo

Faller, Roger.  The Adventures of Polo.
In this wordless picture book, Polo the dog sets out from his home and enjoys many adventures, including sailing his boat on top of a whale, roasting hot dogs over a volcano, and taking a ride in a spaceship built from a mushroom.

when the library lights go out

McDonald, Megan. When the library lights go out.
When the lights go out in the library, the story time puppets set out on an adventure to find their missing friend, Hermit Crab.

Grades 3 - 4
the field guide: book 1 of the spiderwick chronicles

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Field Guide: Book One of the Spiderwick Chronicles.
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda’s worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.

Cliff hanger

George, Jean Craighead. Cliff  Hanger.   
Despite the dangers of a thunderstorm, Axel and his father make a difficult climb to rescue Axel’s stranded dog.

toys go out

Jenkins, Emily. Toys go out.
Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.

balto and the great race

Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Balto and the great race.
Recounts how the sled dog Balto saved Nome, Alaska, in 1925 from a diphtheria epidemic by delivering medicine through a raging snowstorm.

Grades 5 - 6
agent Q or the smell of danger

Anderson, M.T. Agent Q, or the smell of danger!
As Lily, Katie, and Jasper try to return home, they face a protoplasmic monster, sleeping gas, a runaway rice cart, sentient lobsters, and spies of the Awful and Adorable Autarch of Dagsboro.

storm mountain

Birdseye, Tom. Storm Mountain.
Two thirteen-year-old cousins are trapped in a blizzard on the same treacherous mountain in the Cascades that claimed the lives of their world-famous, mountain-climber, twin fathers exactly two years earlier.

doc wilde and the frogs of doom

Byrd, Tim. Doc Wilde and the frogs of doom.
Siblings Brian and Wren and their father Doc Wilde, risk their lives in a South American rainforest as they seek the eldest member of their famous family of adventurers, Grandpa, amidst a throng of alien frogs.

last of the gullivers

Crocker, Carter. Last of the Gullivers.
After orphaned twelve-year-old Michael Pine, who seems headed for trouble, meets old Lem Gulliver, he finds new purpose as protector of the Lilliputians who live in Lem's back garden, even if that means saving them from one another.

miraculous journey of edward tulane

DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous journey of Edward Tulane.
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.

dog called grk

Doder, Joshua. A Dog called Grk.
A British schoolboy finds adventure when he travels to a dangerous foreign country to return a small dog to its rightful owner.

nobody's princess

Friesner, Esther M. Nobody’s princess.
Determined to fend for herself in a world where only men have real freedom, headstrong Helen, who will be called Queen of Sparta and Helen of Troy one day, learns to fight, hunt, and ride horses while disguised as a boy and goes on an adventure throughout the Mediterranean world.

getting air

Gutman, Dan. Getting air
After foiling a terrorist aboard their airplane, fourteen-year-old Jimmy, his younger sister, and two skateboarding friends crash-land the plane and try to survive in a forest wilderness.

mission unstoppable

Gutman, Dan. Mission unstoppable.
On a cross-country vacation with their parents, twins Coke and Pepsi, soon to be thirteen, fend off strange assassins as they try to come to terms with their being part of a top-secret government organization known as The Genius Files.

Treasure Island: graphic novel

Hamilton, Tim. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island: the graphic novel.
While going throught the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads to a pirate treasure as well as great danger. Graphic novel presentation of the classic book.

moonshadow: rise of the ninja

Higgins, Simon. Moonshadow: rise of the ninja.
It's the dawn of an age of peace in medieval Japan. But a power-hungry warlord is plotting to plunge the national into a deadly civil war. Enter Moonshadow, the newest agent for the Grey Light Order, a secret brotherhood of ninja spy warriors. Can Moonshadow defeat the evil warlord or will his first mission be his last?

take me to the river

Hobbs, Will. Take me to the river.
When North Carolina fourteen-year-old Dylan joins his fifteen-year-old cousin Rio in running the Rio Grande River, they face a tropical storm and a fugitive kidnapper.

Eagle strike

Horowitz, Anthony. Eagle strike.
After a chance encounter with an assassin in the south of France, teenage spy Alex Rider investigates international pop star and philanthropist Damian Cray whose new video game venture hides sinister motives involving Air Force One, nuclear missiles, and the international drug trade.

alex and the ironic gentleman

Kress, Adrienne. Alex and the Ironic Gentleman.
Alex, who lives with her uncle in the flat above their doorknob shop, meets her new teacher, Mr. Underwood, a descendant of a famous pirate, and soon three vicious men turn up in town, looking for a map to a fabled family treasure

the fantastic secret of owen jester

O’Connor, Barbara. The Fantastic secret of Owen Jester.
After Owen captures an enormous bullfrog, names it Tooley Graham, then has to release it, he and two friends try to use a small submarine that fell from a passing train to search for Tooley in the Carter, Georgia, pond it came from, while avoiding nosy neighbor Viola.

wild river

Petersen, P.J. Wild River.
Considered lazy and non-athletic, twelve-year-old Ryan discovers a heroic side of himself when a kayak trip with his older brother goes horribly awry.

the mostly true adventures of homer p. figg

Philbrick, W.R. The mostly true adventures of Homer P. Figg.
Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

the red pyramid

Riordan, Rick. The Red Pyramid. Kane Chronicles, book one.
Brilliant Egyptologist Dr. Julius Kane accidentally unleashes the Egyptian god
Set, who banishes the doctor to oblivion and forces his two children to embark on a
dangerous journey, bringing them closer to the truth about their family and its links to a
secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

night of the howling dogs

Salisbury, Graham. Night of the howling dogs.
In 1975, eleven Boy Scouts, their leaders, and some new friends camping at
Halape, Hawaii, find their survival skills put to the test when a massive earthquake
strikes, followed by a tsunami.

death mountain

Shahan, Sherry. Death Mountain.
While traveling to visit the mother she has not heard from in almost a year, Erin
and another teenage girl become lost in the rugged Sierra Nevada Mountains and must
struggle for six days to survive.

ice island

Shahan, Sherry. Ice Island.
Thirteen-year-old Tatum's dream of competing in the grueling 1,049-mile Iditerod Trail Sled Dog Race may be at an end when she becomes lost in a freak snowstorm during a training run on Alaska's remote Santa Ysabel Island.

bone quest for the spark

Sniegoski, Tom. Bone Quest for the spark. 1.
Twelve-year-old Tom Elm, his raccoon friend Roderick, Percival, Abbey, and Barclay Bone, warrior-priest Randolf, and forest-woman Lorimar join in a quest to find the pieces of the Spark that can save Dreaming--and the Waking World--from a Darkness created by the Nacht.

rowan hood outlaw girl of sherwood forest

Springer, Nancy. Rowan Hood, outlaw girl of Sherwood Forest.
In her quest to connect with Robin Hood, the father she has never met, thirteen-year-old Rosemary, disguises herself as a boy, befriends a half-wolf, half-dog, a runaway princess, and an overgrown boy whose singing is hypnotic, and makes peace with her elfin heritage.

museum of thieves

Tanner, Lian. Museum of thieves.
Goldie, an impulsive and bold twelve-year-old, escapes the oppressive city of Jewel, wherechildren are required to wear guardchains for their protection, and finds refuge in the extraordinary Museum of Dunt, an ever-shifting world where she discovers a useful talent for thievery and mysterious secrets that threaten her city and all she loves.

skater stuntboys

Withers, Pam. Skater stuntboys.
Jake and Peter land dream jobs as skateboarding stuntboys on a movie set. Sabotage soon points to a jealous friend, but who? Meanwhile, the boys have an uneasy relationship with three local skateboarding “toughs”.