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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.

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.