Tag Archives: Adventure

4 Adventure Books for Teens by Jack London (1902 – 1906)

Winter weather is right around the corner — maybe you’ve already turned that corner — and it’s time to bring out the books that will keep your kids reading long into the evening, curled up on the couch or hiding … Continue reading

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The Great Race: The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908 by Gary Blackwood (2008)

In 1908 only the ultra-rich owned cars (mostly for racing around circular tracks) and therefore there were few roads to drive them on.  The automobile industry was in its infancy and desperate to find a place for cars in the … Continue reading

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My Father’s Dragon Series by Ruth Stiles Gannett (1948 – 1951)

Elmer Elevator is a little boy who stows away on a ship to Wild Island to rescue a flying baby dragon in distress.   Like a young McGyver, he uses rubber bands, lollipops and chewing gum to accomplish his mission!  The … Continue reading

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1962)

Our family listened to The Wolves of Willoughby Chase on cassette tape during a car trip many years ago.  Our hearts pounded hour after hour!  And no one would get out of the car when we reached our destination and the … Continue reading

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By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (1963)

By the Great Horn Spoon is a rollicking piece of historical fiction set during the California Gold Rush in the mid 1800s.  Jack and Praiseworthy, the family butler, are stowaways on a ship sailing from Boston to San Francisco around … Continue reading

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Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of ‘The Iliad’ by Rosemary Sutcliff (1993)

My 7th grade reading teacher, Mrs. Steppe, taught Greek and Roman mythology.  She passed out a piece of paper with the Greek gods and goddesses listed on one side and the Roman gods and goddesses listed on the other.  I … Continue reading

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Carry on, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham (1955)

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch is the true story of Nathaniel Bowditch, a boy born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1773 — 3 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed!  Nat’s the fourth child in a family of seven children.  He’s … Continue reading

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