Adventure Stories for Grades 3-5

These stories can be found in children's fiction (J), filed alphabetically under the author's name. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Avi The End of the Beginning    (Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures.)
Bledsoe Tracks in the Snow    (Erin and Tiffany become lost in the snow-covered Sierra mountains when Erin leads them on a trek to find her missing babysitter.)
DiCamillo The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread    (The adventures of a small mouse, the princess he loves, and the servant girl who longs to be a princess.)
Du Bois Twenty-One Balloons    (Professor William W. Sherman sets off in a balloon across the Pacific.)
Fleischman Bandit's Moon    ( Annyrose relates her adventures with Joaquín Murieta and his band of outlaws in the California gold-mining region during the mid-1800s.)
Fleischman The Whipping Boy    (A bratty prince and his whipping boy accidentally trade places after becoming involved with a dangerous outlaw.)
Gaiman Fortunately, the Milk    (A dad who goes to the store to buy milk gets kidnapped by aliens. )
Gardiner Stone Fox    (Little Willie hopes to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm with prize money from a dog sled race he enters.)
Gutman Mission Unstoppable    (First in the Genius Files series, this novel follows the crazy cross-country adventures of Coke and Pep as they evade murderous lunatics.)
Hill Winter Camp    (Toughboy and his sister survive the harsh Alaskan weather at a winter trapping camp.)
Kehret Earthquake Terror    (After an earthquake, Jonathan Palmer must find a way to keep himself, his partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive.)
Kennedy Amy's Eyes    (A girl who has changed into a doll and a doll who has changed into a sea captain sail the high seas with a crew of Mother Goose animals.)
Kimmel To the Frontier    (Bill Cody and his family set out from Iowa to make a new home for themselves in the wild Kansas Territory.)
Lawlor Adventure on the Wilderness Road    (Elizabeth Poage and her family embark on a dangerous and exciting trip westward to Daniel Boone's new Kentucky settlement.)
McIntosh The Whisperer    (Two strangers in the land of Drestonia begin communicating through their minds as they experience increasing danger.)
Osborne Adaline Falling Star    (Adaline Falling Star runs away from her prejudiced cousins and comes close to death in the wilderness.)
J paperback RA Swallows and Amazons    (First in Arthur Ransome's classic series about adventures on Wild Cat Island.)
Petersen White Water    (Greg's father is bitten by a rattlesnake during a white-water rafting trip.)
Pullman The Firework-Maker's Daughter    (Lila seeks Royal Sulphur from the sacred volcano so that she can become a master maker of fireworks like her father.)
Schulz Hook's Revenge    (Captain Hook's swashbuckling daughter sets out to defeat the Neverland crocodile.)
Shahan Frozen Stiff    (Cousins Cody and Derek take a kayak trip in Alaska and find themselves battling the raw elements of an untamed wilderness.)
Steig Abel's Island    (A very civilized mouse named Abel struggles to survive as a castaway.)
Stolz Cat Walk    (A young cat embarks on a journey that finally leads him to a special place he can call a home.)
Vanderpool Navigating Early    (Orphaned Jack Baker and his new pal, Early, embark on a quest along the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear.)
Woodruff The Orphan of Ellis Island    (During a school trip to Ellis Island, Dominick Avaro travels back in time and accompanies two Italian emigrants to America.)
Yolen Jason and the Gorgon's Blood    ( Jason, who will grow up to become the head of the Argonauts, leads five other boys on a dangerous quest.)

Last Updated: 7/15

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