Top 10 Best Adventure Books for 11-year-olds

Journey to wondrous worlds and go on daring adventures in these riveting reads! Featuring beloved authors such as J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman and Darren Shan, this list of the best adventure books for 11-year-olds is guaranteed to thrill young booklovers.

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1. Harry Potter Collection - 7 books

J. K. Rowling

This enchanting series has inspired a love of books in millions of children with its enthralling adventures, fantastical creatures and spellbinding characters! Join young Harry Potter as he enrols at the magical (but perilous!) Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Over the years, he must contend with a three-headed dog, a terrifying basilisk, ghoulish dementors, a mysterious Potions Master and so much more, and must ultimately face his most terrifying nemesis: Lord Voldemort.

2. Truckers

Terry Pratchett

Imagine you lived in a world in which, all around you, thousands of tiny, courageous people hid from sight. These are the 'nomes', the stars of a trilogy of Terry Pratchett novels. In this first story, they live under the floorboards of a department store and have never seen the outside world - in fact, they don't believe in it. But new nomes arrive from an unknown place, and bring devastating news: the department store is closing down. This phenomenally funny, fantastic read is perfect for adventure-lovers.

3. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Rick Riordan

This thrilling fantasy series stars a rather unlikely hero: Percy, a troubled child who has dyslexia and ADHD. The story rapidly progresses from a school outing for mortals from the twenty-first century, to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena. Infused with mythological elements and filled with shocking twists and turns, this bestselling novel will captivate kids.

4. War Horse

Michael Morpurgo

In this gripping tale, a horse named Joey witnesses the deadly reality of battle from both sides of the trenches in the First World War. He will come to understand the chaotic power of war, and the boundless beauty of peace. His owner, Albert, is determined to bring his beloved horse home safely. This engrossing story is a favourite with kids, parents and teachers alike, and has been adapted for film and stage.

5. The White Giraffe

Lauren St John

Experience the smell, sounds and landscape of South Africa in this immersive children's book. When Martine turns 11, her life changes forever. She is transported to a brand new life on a game reserve, living with a distant, unfriendly grandmother. Slowly, Martine makes some incredible discoveries and explores a bewitching world. This heart-warming story is perfect for young readers interested in other cultures.

6. Starseeker

Tim Bowler

Skin and the gang want Luke to prove his worth by breaking into Mrs Little's house and stealing a jewellery box. Has he got what it takes? If he succeeds, he'll truly be part of the gang. But when he gets inside, he finds far more than a mere jewellery box. He uncovers something that will change his life forever. This rich and riveting read tackles issues of loss, love and healing.

7. His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this thrilling fantasy trilogy follows Lyra and her 'daemon', the animal embodiment of her inner self. Travel with Lyra to amazing fantastical settings, through snowy hills, to an otherworldly city, and even to the Land of the Dead, on all sorts of daring and dangerous quests.

8. The Saga of Darren Shan Collection

Darren Shan

Fans of the gruesome, the ghoulish and the ghastly will adore this series of spooky stories from legendary horror writer, Darren Shan. Featuring vampires, weird human-animal hybrids and a general ambience of terror, this action-packed collection stars young Darren in four complete trilogies: Vampire Blood, Vampire Rites, Vampire War and Vampire Destiny.

9. The Magicians' Guild

Trudi Canavan

The first book in the heart-pounding Black Magician trilogy follows Sonea, a girl who lives in the downtrodden slums of the city of Imardin. Every year, the city's magicians 'purge' the streets of urchins and slum-dwellers. They put up a magical shield to ward against attacks - but Sonea somehow penetrates the shield with a rock. The magicians' worst fear has come true: there's an untrained magician loose in Imardin. They've got to find her before her powers grow too uncontrollable - but Sonea is determined to stay hidden forever, even if it means enlisting the help of the shady Thieves.

10. Howl's Moving Castle

Diana Wynne Jones

This thrilling, funny novel is set in the fantastical world of Ingary, where young Sophie Hatter is put under a terrible curse by the malevolent Witch of the Waste, and made to look like an old crone! In Sophie's efforts to find a way to break the spell, she will go on all sorts of adventures in a magical, moving castle, accompanied by the charismatic Calcifer the Fire Demon, the formidable Wizard Howl and Howl's apprentice, Michael.

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    A new look for one of Diana Wynne Jones' funniest and most popular novels. In the land of Ingary, where seven league boots and cloaks of invisibility do exist, Sophie Hatter catches the unwelcome attention of the Witch of the Waste and is put under a spell. Deciding she has nothing more to lose, she makes her way to the moving castle that hovers on the hills above Market Chipping. But the castle belongs to the dreaded Wizard Howl whose appetite, they say, is satisfied only by the souls of young girls! There she meets Michael, Howl's apprentice, and Calcifer the Fire Demon, with whom she agrees a pact. But Sophie isn't the only one under a curse -- her entanglements with Calcifer, Howl, and Michael, and her quest to break her curse is both gripping -- and howlingly funny!
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    Each year the magicians of Imardin gather together to purge the city streets of vagrants, urchins and miscreants. Masters of the disciplines of magic, they know that no one can oppose them. But their protective shield is not as impenetrable as they believe. Sonea, angry, frustrated and outraged by the treatment of her family and friends, hurls a stone at the shield, putting all her rage behind it. To the amazement of all who bear witness, the stone passes unhindered through the barrier and renders a magician unconscious. The guild's worst fear has been realised ...There is an untrained magician loose on the streets. She must be found before her uncontrolled powers unleash forces that will destroy both her, and the city that is her home.
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    Luke is in trouble. Skin and the gang have a job for him. They want him to break into Mrs Little's house and steal the jewellery box. They want him to prove that he's got what it takes. That he's part of the gang. But Luke finds more than just a jewellery box in the house. He finds something so unexpected it will change his life forever ...This is a wonderful, rich novel, written with lyricism, drama and power. Tackling issues of loss, love, and healing, and filled with the sense of a universe bursting with music, it is unputdownable from the first page to the last.
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    Lauren St John vividly evokes the smells, sounds and landscape of South Africa in this fabulous children's book, The White Giraffe. Martine's life changes forever on the night she turns eleven.

    This is just the start of her adventures as she is transported to a new life on a game reserve, living with a remote, unfriendly grandmother. Slowly Martine makes some amazing discoveries and launches into a bewitching world.

    The White Giraffe is an evocative and heartwarming story that will appeal to animal lovers from 9+.
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    In War Horse, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo allows readers to understand the horror of the First World War by recounting the experiences of a farm horse who is commandeered to join the front line.

    The unbeatable storytelling skills of Michael Morpurgo make War Horse a stunning, unputdownable tale that won't fail to move all readers from 9+. As Steven Spielberg's epic film version gained a whole new audience for this stunning piece of literature, there's never been a better time to read the book.
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    A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the first book in a thrilling fantasy series that has inspired two hit Hollywood films.

    Taking as its hero, the unlikely character of Percy, a troubled kid who has dyslexia and ADHD, the story rapidly moves from a school outing for mortals from the 21st century to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena.

    Fast-paced fantasy and adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.
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    A modern masterpiece from Philip Pullman, this slipcased collection includes all three books in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

    A bestseller all around the world that tackled a number of important and controversial issues, it also won many awards and has had a remarkable influence on literature since.
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    Imagine that all around you, hidden from sight, there are thousands of tiny people. They are four inches tall, brave, stubborn and resourceful. They are the nomes. The nomes in this story live under the floorboards of a large Department Store and have never been outside. In fact, they don't even believe in outside. But new nomes arrive, from - where else? - and they bring with them terrifying news: the Store is closing down and Everything Must Go ...The fantastically funny first book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.
  • The Complete Harry Potter Collection - 7-Book Box Set - Collection - 9781408856772 - JK Rowling
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    If you're lucky enough to have tickets to see The Cursed Child on stage or are already excited for the next Fantastic Beasts film later this year, then why not head back to Platform 9 3/4, climb aboard the Hogwarts Express and enjoy the Complete Harry Potter Collection for a magical price. Presented in a gorgeous slipcase, these editions of J. K. Rowling's classics come complete with stunning cover illustrations from Jonny Duddle.

    A phenomenon like no other, Harry's incredible journey begins with The Philosopher's Stone. Unhappily living in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt's, he's visited by a giant called Rubeus Hagrid who delivers the most astonishing news - Harry's a wizard. As he heads to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry makes friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, meets oh-so-wise Professor Dumbledore and the complex Severus Snape and their incredible adventure begins. But evil in the shape of Lord Voldemort is getting ever closer - and the Dark Lord has his sights set firmly on Harry.

    Throughout the seven books, Harry learns what it means to be a Gryffindor student and the value of friendship and trust. The eight films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were a record-breaking success and now you can relive the stories where it all began time and time again with this amazing Harry Potter box set - Expecto Patronum!
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  • The Saga of Darren Shan Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780007944200 - Darren Shan
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    Vampires: check! Frightening human-animal hybrids: check! Atmospheric terror and gripping action: you bet! A worldwide bestseller, The Saga of Darren Shan introduces spider-loving Darren as his attempt to steal an enormous tarantula from a banned freak show forces him into becoming the assistant of a vampire - Mr Crepsley.

    Featuring the saga's four complete trilogies - Vampire Blood, Vampire Rites, Vampire War and Vampire Destiny - readers can join Darren as he finds himself turned into a half-vampire, and embarks on adventures that force him into the dark underworld of the undead, all of which are are sure to keep readers hungry for more...

    Fast-paced, compelling and hilarious - with satisfyingly macabre touches -, The Saga of Darren Shan is a series of children's books that kids aged 9 and above will really love getting their teeth into.

    This collection contains books 1-12 in the Darren Shan saga.