7 books for adventurous readers

I love reading stories that take me to exciting places and ask me to solve a mystery or two! Often my go-tos are the  Famous Five and the Secret Seven. No doubt those books are full of fun, but it’s always cool to be adventurous with your reading and try something new. Here’s a list of adventure stories we reckon you’ll enjoy:

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

This cool kid detective story is available in Central library! You could reserve it on your library card and get it sent to your branch library for free! Here’s what the story is about:

“When suburban Claudia Kincaid decides to run away, she knows she doesn’t just want to run from somewhere, she wants to run to somewhere — to a place that is comfortable, beautiful, and, preferably, elegant. She chooses the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Knowing her younger brother Jamie has money and thus can help her with a serious cash-flow problem, she invites him along. Once settled into the museum, Claudia and Jamie find themselves caught up in the mystery of an angel statue that the museum purchased at auction for a bargain price of $225. The statue is possibly an early work of the Renaissance master, Michelangelo, and therefore worth millions. Is it? Or isn’t it? Claudia is determined to find out. Her quest leads her to Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, the remarkable old woman who sold the statue, and to some equally remarkable discoveries about herself.” Goodreads.



Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

This funny story is available in pretty much all our libraries! You can also get a copy from our eLibrary collection.

“ “I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: T h u m m t h u m m. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.”

“Hullo,” I said to myself. That’s not something you see every day.” And then something odd happened.

Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal.” Goodreads.



The search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

Wondla is a seriously cool series about a brave girl in a strange world! You can find a copy in our eLibrary, or get one from our many branch libraries!

“Eva Nine is a curious and sensitive twelve-year-old who has existed only in a subterranean home called Sanctuary, cared for by a robot named Muthr. Eva’s great desire is to go aboveground, and her wish comes true, though not as she had imagined. On the surface, Eva goes in search of other humans–she has never met one–and soon meets both friend and foe.” Goodreads.



39 Clues, Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan

I’m sure you’ve heard the epic series 39 Clues! But maybe you didn’t know that we have copies of it on our eLibrary. You can start from the beginning with book one in the series: The Maze of Bones. It’s available to borrow in most of our libraries as well!

“Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her descendants an impossible decision: You have a choice – one million dollars or a clue.

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world’s most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues hidden around the world will reveal the family’s secret, but no one has been able to assemble them. Now the clues race is on, and young Amy and Dan must decide what’s important: hunting clues or uncovering what REALLY happened to their parents.” Goodreads.



Reckelss by Cornelia Funke

Cornelia Funke has to be one of my all-time favourite authors! I loved her as a kid, her characters are so courageous and cool. Check out book one from one of her newest series: Mirrorworld. We have copies available in our libraries and eLibrary!

“Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study … But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.

Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.” Goodreads



Wildwood by Colin Meloy

I’m all about these kinds of stories where amazing kids face impossible obstacles to save their family! This is a well-loved book from our collection, I seriously recommend checking it out if you haven’t already!

“When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness–a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon–and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.” Goodreads.



Artermis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

And of course I had to mention the awesome adventure series that is Artemis Fowl. I know you guys are probably very familiar with this series but you may not know that it is actually available in our eLibrary collection! So if you can’t get a hold of the next one in the series from one of our libraries have a search for it on Overdrive. I know I’ve done just that when I can’t wait for my reserve to come into the library!

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.” Goodreads.


New cool Fiction

Check this out ! Historical tales, fantasy or mystery… One of these books is just perfect for you !


Uncle Trev and his Whistling Bull by Jack Lasenby

I’d been sick in bed for ages. Uncle Trev said he and Old Tip would come , so Mum could get out of the house for a change. “You needn’t think that man’s coming in here, ” Mum said. ” Going through my cake tins, filling you up with silly stories, and bringing that dog inside as soon as I’m out of the house. I can smell it even before I put my foot in the back door.”

That didn’t stop Uncle Trev. He’d sneak in and tell me stories about the animals on his farm, his neighbour Gotta Henry, and the time the barbarians sacked the town…

This is a new hilarious novel by the very famous New Zealand writter, Jack Lasenby.



Shine by Kate Maryon

” The page is staring at me waiting for words, but I don’t even know where to start. I’d quite like to begin the letter with something like, Dear Mum, Thanks for ruining my life, but I don’t think that’s the kind of letter that Auntie Cass has in mind.”

Tiff’s sparkling world comes crashing down when her mum commits a crime. Packed off to live with family in the dullest place on the planet- and without Mum around, everything seems to lose its shine…

Reading this book might make you discover your very own inner shine…

Girls 8+



Charmseekers, The Dragon’s Revenge by Georgie Adams

Sesame and Maddy are on holiday in Cornwall when they’re whisked to Lantern Hill in Karisma to meet the third gatekeeper, Firebird. The girls arrive to find the spirit of the great dragon, Agapogo, Guardian of the Silver Pool seeking revenge on Zorgan, the sorcerer. A plague of fire-breathing drakons is causing havoc. They must also face Morbrecia, Queen Charm’s older sister and bitter rival. There are still 11 precious charms missing – Morbrecia, Zorgan, Ses and Maddy all want to be the first to find them.

A great book for girls who love dragons and adventure !

6 years old +



Young Samurai, The Ring of Earth by Chris Bradford

In 1614 Japan, English orphan Jack Fletcher finds himself in mortal danger. With no sensei to protect him, he is on the run from enemies, including the Shogun’s samurai. When Jack is kidnapped by ninja, he must learn all he can from his sworn enemy if he has any hope of escape.

If you are passionate about Martial Arts and feel like you’re a young Samurai and , this is definitely the book for you!

9 years old and +



 Artemis Fowl and the last Guardian by Eoin Colfer

It is Armageddon time for Artemis Fowl. Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen. If she succeeds, the spirit of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deers, or badgers – or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

For all the Fowl fans ! This book is full of action, weaponry and laugh-out-loud jokes.. But is it the end of the Artemis Fowl series?

9 years old and +



The Great Piratical Rumbustification by Margaret Mahy illustrated by Quentin Blake

All across the city, the pirates are getting restless and long for a party. So when a retired pirate comes to babysit for the Terrapin family, they are in for quite a surprise…

Just as dazzling and delightful as it was when it was first released.

6 years old and +


Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian – New Book!

The wait is over! the brand new Artemis Fowl book is in our library catalogue (but not on the shelves yet because it is so new), which means you can put your name in the waiting list for it. When the book arrives in the library we will let you know when it’s ready for you to pick up.

Opal Koboi is back in Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian! She is plotting to exterminate humans and take over as the Fairy Queen. If she is successful the spirits of the long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, take over the nearest available bodies and create havoc on Earth.

Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short stop Opal in time and save the world? You’ll have to read the book to find out.


P.S. This is the very last and final book of the Artemis Fowl series. Haven’t read it? Start with Book #1 in the series and read on.

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1 ) Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex  Eoin Colfer (up 9)

2 ) Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief   Rick Riordan (down 1)

3 ) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal  Jeff Kinney (up 6)

4 )  Storm Warning  Linda Sue Park (NEW)

5= )Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse  Rick Riordan (no change)

5= )Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian  Rick Riordan (down 2)

5= )The Karate Mouse   Geronimo Stilton (up 3)

8 ) Field Trip to Niagara Falls  Geronimo Stilton (back again)

9= )Now  Morris Gleitzman (down 2)

9=)Percy Jackson Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (down 4)

9= )Warriors: Omen of the Stars: Night Whispers by Erin Hunter (NEW)