Adventure Stories for Grades 6-8

Recommended reading from the Junior High (Y) collection.
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Author Title Call Number
BodeenThe Raft
Robie's flight to the Midway Atoll proves to be a nightmare when the plane goes down in shark-infested waters. (213 pp.)
Y Bodeen
CooneyDiamonds in the Shadow
As the Finches sponsor an African refugee family scarred by the horrors of civil war, they are all put in the sights of a merciless villain. (228 pp.)
Y Cooney
DiazThe Only Road
Jaime makes the treacherous journey from his home in Guatemala to find his older brother in New Mexico after his cousin is murdered by a drug cartel. (308 pp.)
Y Diaz
EllisThe Breadwinner
In Afghanistan, Parvana must disguise herself as a boy so her family can survive after her father is arrested by the Taliban. (170 pp.)
Y Ellis
GemeinhartScar Island
When lightning kills all the adults at his reform school, Jonathan and the other boys find themselves free...and trapped on a sinking island! (249 pp.)
Y Gemenheit
GeorgeJulie of the Wolves
While running away from an unwanted marriage, a Native Alaskan girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack. (170 pp.)
Y George
Separated by continents and decades, three children embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering connections that tie their stories together. (338 pp.)
Y Gratz
HobbsNever Say Die
Half-Inuit Nick and his white brother, Ryan, share an adventure in the Canadian Arctic, facing white water, wild animals, and fierce weather. (211 pp.)
Y Hobbs
After the death of his uncle, Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6. (192 pp.)
Y Horowitz
JansenOver a Thousand Hills I Walk with You
Based on the true story of Jeanne d'Arc Umubyeyi, who was the sole member of her Tutsi family to survive the 1994 Rwandan genocide. (342 pp.)
Y Jansen
KadohataA Million Shades of Gray
After American troops pull out of Vietnam, a boy and his beloved elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village. (216 pp.)
Y Kadohata
When her little brother Matt and their dog Pookie are abducted, Bonnie becomes involved in a major search effort as well as a frightening adventure. (215 pp.)
Y Kehret
LawrenceThe Skeleton Tree
Chris and Frank dislike each other, but when their sailing vessel sinks and they are stranded alone in Alaska, they must depend on each other. (278 pp.)
Y Lawrence
LeeUnder a Painted Sky
Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and escape west during the Gold Rush. (374 pp.)
Y Lee
MagoonShadows of Sherwood: A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure
When Nott City is taken over by a harsh governor, Robyn flees for her life and joins a group of kids trying to take back what is rightfully theirs. (355 pp.)
Y Magoon
McMullenMrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls
Abigail is shocked to discover her elite boarding school is really a cover for a huge spy ring, and must undergo Spy Training 101 in order to save her mother. (295 pp.)
Y McMullen
MeyerBloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
An orphan and beggar disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for the high seas in search of pirates. (278 pp.)
Y Meyer
MikaelsenTouching Spirit Bear
As an alternative to prison, Cole is sent to a remote Alaskan Island, where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life. (241 pp.)
Y Mikaelsen
After a plane crash, Brian spends 54 days in the Canadian wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet. (195 pp.)
Y Paulsen
PerkinsBamboo People
Two Burmese boys, one a refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned doctor, meet in the jungle must learn to trust each other in order to survive. (272 pp.)
Y Perkins
ReynoldsMiles Morales: Spider-Man
When Miles discovers a villainous teacher's plan to turn good kids bad, he must come to terms with his destiny as the new Spider-Man. (261 pp.)
Y Reynolds
RhodesNinth Ward
Lanesha, who can see spirits, and her adopted grandmother must weather the storm as Hurricane Katrina bears down upon New Orleans. (217 pp.)
Y Rhodes
A 14-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest. (246 pp.)
Y Smith
TimberlakeOne Came Home
In 1871 Wisconsin, Georgia sets out to find her sister Agatha, presumed dead, with only her horse and rifle to protect her. (257 pp.)
Y Timberlake
WilsonBlack Storm Comin'
In 1860, Colton takes a job with the Pony Express and risks his life to deliver a letter that may affect the growing conflict between the North and South. (295 pp.)
Y Wilson
YangDaughter of Xanadu
Emmajin, the eldest granddaughter of Khublai Khan, becomes a warrior and falls in love with explorer Marco Polo in thirteenth-century China. (336 pp.)
Y Yang

Last Updated: 2/18


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