Top 10 Best Adventure Books for Children

These adrenaline-pumping adventure stories feature fantastical lands, daring quests and plenty of quirky characters! Check out the list below for the best adventure books for children.

1. 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.

2. Lorien Legacies

Pittacus Lore

This thrilling series follows 15-year-old John Smith, an unusual teenager who is constantly on the move, and will be hunted down if he idles too long. However, when he ends up in Paradise, Ohio, he decides it is finally time to settle down and make friends. But before long, his secret is revealed: that he was once one of nine. Three have perished - and John is next.

3. Harry Potter Series

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.

4. The Famous Five Collection

Enid Blyton

Join Dick, Anne, Julian, George and Timmy the dog on all of their exciting escapades - in caves, castles, secret passageways and more! The gang must outsmart thieves, hunt for hidden treasure, and unravel all sorts of mysteries in these riveting classic tales.

5. His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman

Featuring three books - Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - this captivating 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.

6. 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 this 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, but Sonea is determined to stay hidden forever - despite her powers growing increasingly uncontrollable.

7. The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

Bilbo is a hobbit. He likes to keep to himself in his cosy home, Bag End, and he enjoys a peaceful, uneventful life. But one day, a group of dwarves shows up at his door, and his life is changed forever. He must embark on an epic quest to help the dwarves reclaim their home and slay the malicious, miserly dragon, Smaug - all rather difficult for a homely hobbit! This adventurous story features themes of courage, friendship, and action-packed adventure!

8. The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

This world-famous trilogy follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her adrenaline-pumping adventures. The post-apocalyptic nation of Panem consists of twelve 'districts' - most of them horribly oppressed and gloomy places. But Katniss has the chance to change everything once she ends up participating in the brutal 'Hunger Games', a televised fight to the death between a group of teenagers. Be taken in by the intense action and gritty atmosphere of this epic series.

9. 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.

10. Roald Dahl Stories

Roald Dahl

This 15-book collection includes all of Roald Dahl's marvellous, phizz-whizzing tales, such as The Twits, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more. Explore his wonderful world and quirky characters in this truly gloriumptious collection, featuring Roald Dahl's distinctive wit and spellbinding storytelling.

  • The Hunger Games Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407130361 - Suzanne Collins
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    Suzanne Collins' bestselling YA book series, The Hunger Games trilogy, transports readers to a dystopian future run by the evil President Snow, where children are forced to take part in a deadly game to win favour for themselves and their village.

    When Katniss Everdeen becomes a contestant, she is convinced she won't return, but as she enters the life-or-death world of the televised game, she finds she's stronger than she thought... Will the odds be ever in her favour? She'll need the help of fellow contestant Peeta Mellark, previous winner Haymitch Abernathy and other rebels to help overthrow the sinister government.

    Totally unputdownable, the Hunger Games books - The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay - are a must for any bookshelf and they will surely generate discussion around the world we live in today. The Hollywood films - starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson - have gained the trilogy a legion of dedicated fans and now is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the life-or-death adventures found in The Hunger Games books.
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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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    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 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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    The Animals Galore Collection brings together ten terrific animal tales from some of the country's favourite children's authors and illustrators, all stored neatly in a special tote bag. Brought to you from Oxford University Press, the fun text in the irresisitible stories will really encourage young readers to join in! The books also feature timeless and appealing animal characters in the likes of Boris Goes Camping, Christopher Nibble and Puddle's Big Step. Complete with various vibrant illustrations, these stories are guaranteed to win the hearts of adults and children alike. This collection is an absolute animal winner!

  • The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books - Collection - 9781444936278 - Enid Blyton
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    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
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    Likeable and unassuming hero Bilbo Baggins is unwittingly caught up in an epic adventure in one of the most imaginative and captivating children's classics ever written. Although Bilbo sets out on his quest for a dragon's gold rather reluctantly, as he is a cautious hobbit who likes a quiet life, his journey helps him find courage, strength and hidden resources that are sure to inspire readers young and old.

    The Hobbit is a fantastic book for confident readers aged 9+, but it's also a great book for parents to read aloud to their child at bedtime, especially with the success of An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug - the first two of Peter Jackson's award-winning trilogy of films based on The Hobbit starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo - bringing the story to a new audience.
  • 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 in 2018, 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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  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
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    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection brings together all Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

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  • R.L. Stine's Goosebumps Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781407179896 - R.L. Stine
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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?