Top 10 Best Adventure Books for 9-year-olds

Children can embark on all sorts of amazing adventures and daring quests in these seriously exciting adventure books. Below is a list of some of the best adventure books for 9-year-olds, featuring much-loved authors like David Walliams, Philip Pullman and Holly Webb.

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1. Grandpa's Great Escape

David Walliams

In this hilarious book from brilliant children's author, David Walliams, Jack's Grandpa seems like a typical old man. He wears his slippers to the supermarket and constantly forgets Jack's name... but he can still take to the skies to save the day! This exhilarating adventure features an unbreakable bond between grandparent and grandchild, and will delight young readers with its lively storyline and brilliant illustrations.

2. R. L. Stine's Goosebumps Series

R. L. Stine

Dare your kids to read these heart-pounding books from R. L. Stine's Goosebumps series, in which children must face all sorts of supernatural terrors. These spine-chilling books feature twisted, funny and gritty adventures that will enthral children. Discover ghouls, ghosts, vampires and more in these spectacularly spooky books.

3. The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Philip Pullman

This exciting and hilarious novel won the Smarties Book Prize in 1996. It stars Lila, whose dream job is rather unusual: she wants to be a firework-maker! But every aspiring firework-maker must embark on a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend... Join Lila on this spellbinding adventure from His Dark Materials author, Philip Pullman.

4. My Brother is a Superhero

David Solomons

Perfect for young superhero fans, this book stars Luke, who's mad about comics! He shares a tree-house with his geeky older brother, Zack. Unfortunately, Luke goes for a wee with spectacularly bad timing, just as an alien gives his undeserving brother awesome superpowers and tells him to save the universe! But when Zack is kidnapped, Luke and his friends have just five days to find him - and save the world...

5. Bear Grylls: Spirit of the Jungle

Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls's take on Rudyard Kipling's famous adventure, The Jungle Book, follows teenager Mak as he heads to India to live with his family. He's usually happiest when holed up in his room playing computer games and practising magic tricks, but finds himself out of his depth in the hustle and bustle of his new city. That's when Mak's dad suggests a refreshing trip - into the jungle. What will happen when Mak's parents are washed away in a sudden monsoon, and he's left with only animal friends to help him out?

6. Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

In this classic, unforgettable tale, the Walker children - Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on their dinghy, the Swallow, and head for Wild Cat Island. There, they camp under starry skies, swim in clear water and fish for their dinner. But their bliss is disturbed by the Blackett sisters, otherwise known as the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons must battle it out, and so begins a summer of incredible adventures.

7. The Great Elephant Chase

Gillian Cross

The sinister, steely-eyed Hannibal Jackson will do anything to capture - and maybe even kill - a giant Indian elephant named Khush, but Tad and Cissie will do anything to protect it. They must outrun and outsmart their cunning pursuer on a wild journey across America - but how do you hide an elephant on the run?! This thrilling and hilarious adventure will captivate children.

8. Emily Feather and the Enchanted Door

Holly Webb

Everyone thinks Emily's house is awesome. It has loads of different doors, everything is mismatched and higgledy-piggledy, and sometimes it feels like the walls have moved! But don't be silly - they couldn't have. Could they...? Little do visitors realise that some doors lead to other worlds, full of magic and marvels. And Emily will soon discover this for herself... This fantastic adventure will take youngsters on a magical reading journey.

9. The Chronicles of Narnia

C. S. Lewis

Generations of children have been enchanted by these exciting, action-packed stories. Discover a magical land, inhabited by all sorts of enchanting creatures, as well as a witch who imposes an eternal winter. Be swept away by incredible quests, exhilarating battles and all sorts of fantastical beasts, including centaurs, giants, fauns, and the wise, magnificent lion, Aslan.

10. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

Discover the spellbinding story of Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole into a weird and wonderful land. Here, she embarks on marvellous adventures, meeting all sorts of curious characters including the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the tyrannical Queen of Hearts. This unforgettable tale is a must-read for young booklovers.

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    The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory for adults and children alike. All seven Chronicles are bound together in this new paperback edition (rebranded with HarperCollins logo). The Chronicles of Narnia have enchanted millions of readers over the last fifty years and the magical events described in C.S. Lewis's immortal prose have left many a lasting memory. For here is a world where a witch decrees eternal winter; where there are more talking animals than people; and where battles are fought by Centaurs, Giants and Fauns.
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    A brand-new series from bestselling author Holly Webb. Be careful which door you open. Everyone thinks Emily's house is cool. It has so many different doors and everything is mismatched and sometimes it feels like maybe the walls have moved. But that would be silly. Of course they couldn't have...But little do people realize that behind some doors lie other worlds, full of magic and wonder. And Emily is soon going to discover this for herself...
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    Swallows and Amazons for ever!' The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures. See inside: Crack the Swallow's code and learn all about the real locations that inspired the adventurous author.
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    A giant Indian elephant. A wild journey across America. An enemy who will never stop. Tad and Cissie are on the run with Khush the elephant. Clammy-fingered, steely-eyed Hannibal Jackson will do anything to capture the animal. Maybe even kill ...Staying ahead means being faster and smarter - but how do you hide an elephant? Especially one with a mind of its own...
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    This is the story of Alice, a girl who falls down a rabbit hole into an amazing world known as Wonderland. Here she will have the most marvellous adventures including meeting a rabbit with a pocket watch, playing croquet with the queen and going to the Mad Hatter's tea party.
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    The animals of The Jungle Book came roaring back onto the big screen in the Disney film earlier this year and now Bear Grylls is offering his own contemporary take on Rudyard Kipling's classic adventure with Spirit of the Jungle.

    A reimagining of the famous story, this heart-stopping adventure is just as exciting as Bear Grylls' bestselling fiction and follows the teenager Mak as he heads to live in India with his family. Happiest playing computer games and practising magic tricks in his room, he's out of his depth when he arrives in this new country. For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Mak's dad suggests a trip into the jungle.

    This is when disaster strikes... the family are caught up in a monsoon along the Wainganga River and Mak's parents are washed away. Alone in the jungle and having to deal with poachers, poisonous snakes and evil monkeys, Mak must learn to survive. However, he finds help and friendship from other jungle creatures as he makes it his mission to get back to civilization.
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    David Walliams' novels have had such a huge impact on children's fiction that now many people see the actor, comedian and fundraiser as an author first. Full of heart and humour, his stories look at issues that affect all children and have devilishly Dahl-style anarchy running through them.

    Following the success of Demon Dentist, Mr. Stink and The Boy in the Dress, we're delighted to be offering you Grandpa's Great Escape. Jack's Grandpa may wear his slippers to the supermarket and constantly forget Jack's name but he can still take to the skies and save the day.

    With spitfire journeys over London and great escapes through the city, this is an exciting adventure about the bond between grandparent and grandchild. It's also full of Walliams' long-time collaborator Tony Ross' distinctive illustrations.
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    Prepare for your children to be sleeping with the lights on... our latest 10-book Goosebumps collection is sure to give them the creeps!

    R.L. Stine's spooky books have sold over 400 million copies worldwide and have helped to ensure generations are terrified of ventriloquist's dummies... following the success of the film starring Jack Black, the books have been brought to a whole new audience and here are 10 adventures that are twisted, funny and rather dark. They'll be top of every child's reading list.

    This collection features the classic Night of the Living Dummy alongside other memorable titles including Revenge of the Lawn Gnomes and The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena. Great books for encouraging a love of reading, will your kids dare to read through all 10?
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    This is a super story for superhero-mad children! An award-winning book written by David Solomons, it's a zesty and refreshing read full of funny situations.

    Luke is a comic book-mad 11-year old who shares a tree house with his geeky older brother, Zack.

    Luke's only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time. While he's gone, an alien gives his undeserving, never-read-a-comic-in-his-life brother superpowers and then tells him to save the universe.

    Luke is massively annoyed about this, but when Zack is kidnapped by his arch-nemesis, Luke and his friends have only five days to find him and save the world...
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    Bursting with excitement and humour, Philip Pullman's The Firework Maker's Daughter won the Smarties Book Prize and is a brilliant book for readers aged 9 and over.

    What Lila wants to be more than anything else in the world is ...a Firework-Maker! But firework-making is not just about being able to make Crackle-Dragons and Golden Sneezes.

    There is also one special secret: every Firework-Maker must make a perilous journey to face the terrifying Fire-Fiend!