Top 10 Best Adventure Books for Teens

These adrenaline-pumping titles are guaranteed to captivate and enthral teenagers. They feature fantastical worlds, incredible creatures, mysterious magic and unforgettable adventures. Below are just some of the best adventure books for teens, featuring much-loved authors such as Philip Pullman, Suzanne Collins and Garth Nix.

1. 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.

2. Blood Red Road

Moira Young

Set in a desolate, post-apocalyptic landscape, this gripping, powerful tale stars the feisty and resourceful Saba. She and her twin brother Lugh are desperately struggling to survive in their harsh, devastated world. But then Lugh is abducted by strangers on horseback, and Saba must embark on a perilous mission to rescue him.

3. 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.

4. The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

This world-famous trilogy follows 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen and her heart-pounding 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.

5. Stealing Phoenix

Joss Stirling

Phoenix was raised within the Community, a gang of cunning thieves with paranormal powers, commanded by a harsh master known as the Seer. When the Seer gives Phoenix the details of her next target, Yves Benedict, she comes to realise that Yves is so much more than just a victim. He is her destiny. To be together, Phoenix must split from the Community, but finds herself in mortal danger. Can Yves protect her?

6. Tiger Lily

Jodi Lynn Anderson

This dark, magical and powerful story follows Tiger Lily, the girl who falls under the enchanting spell of Peter Pan. She will risk everything to be with him, but soon discovers that the most sinister enemy can lurk inside even the most loving heart. Discover the spellbinding story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who will never grow up.

7. Sea of Whispers

Tim Bowler

Hetty likes to keep to herself, at the outer edges of her close-knit island community. But she finds herself under a blazing spotlight when a mysterious woman is washed up on shore, and she and the woman have a connection that increasingly invites suspicion. When death comes to the community, the woman is branded a bad omen, and Hetty must take matters into her own hands. But as she heads out to sea, a storm is breaking, and voices from the very depths of the sea are calling her name...

8. Seraphina

Rachel Hartman

The kingdom of Goredd is inhabited by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. However, the peace between the two races is unstable. When a member of the royal family is murdered, it seems it was a dragon who committed the crime, and the peace between the worlds is seriously threatened. Into this chaos comes Seraphina, a talented musician who joins the royal court as an assistant to the court composer. She is soon entangled in the murder investigation and finds herself caught at the heart of the tension. Seraphina hides a secret, and if it is discovered, she'll be in terrible danger...

9. Sabriel

Garth Nix

As a child, Sabriel is sent beyond the Wall to the safety of a boarding school in Ancelstierre, away from magic - and away from the Dead. But at 18 years old, she receives a cryptic message from her father, and sets off back across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. There, she undertakes a dark adventure fraught with peril, magic, and sinister forces. She must find her father, discover her destiny, become the person she was fated to be, and - most crucially - protect the living from the malevolent Dead.

10. Six Days

Philip Webb

In a devastated future, an extraordinary artefact from the past lies buried, and everyone wants it. But why? How can it possibly save them all? It seems there are no answers for Cass and Wilbur, who are nonetheless slaving to dig it up. But when two strangers from another time turn up, claiming to know about the lost relic, their world will change forever. This gripping page-turner is perfect for adventure fans.

  • ACYRC 11 years +
    Philip Pullman
    11 years +
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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.
  • AELLL 11 years +
    Joss Stirling
    11 years +
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    What do you do when your soulmate turns out to be a thief? Steal her, of course. Phoenix was raised within the Community, a gang of thieves with paranormal powers, under the control of a harsh master known as the Seer. The notion that there's a soulmate out there for every person with a paranormal gift is mere myth in Phoenix's world. That is until the Seer gives Phoenix the details of her next target, Yves Benedict. He's more than just her next victim, he is her destiny. To be together, Phoenix must break away from the Community but resistance against the Seer puts them both in mortal danger. Phoenix has never trusted anyone before, now it's time to trust Yves with her life.
  • The Hunger Games Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9781407130361 - Suzanne Collins
    GAME 12 years +
    Suzanne Collins
    12 years +
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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.
  • ABZZI 11 years +
    Philip Webb
    11 years +
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    In a ruined future, an extraordinary artefact from the past lies buried. Everyone wants it. But why? What is it? And how can it save them all? For scavs Cass and Wilbur, slaving to dig it up, there are no answers. But when two strangers from another time turn up claiming to know about the lost relic, their world will change for ever. "Six Days". If you thought you knew how the world began ...think again.
  • AABDJ 12 years +
    Garth Nix
    12 years +
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    Who will guard the living when the dead arise? Sabriel is sent as a child across the Wall to the safety of a school in Ancelstierre. Away from magic; away from the Dead. After receiving a cryptic message from her father, 18-year-old Sabriel leaves her ordinary school and returns across the Wall into the Old Kingdom. Fraught with peril and deadly trickery, her journey takes her to a world filled with parasitical spirits, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands -- for her father is none other than The Abhorson. His task is to lay the disturbed dead back to rest. This obliges him -- and now Sabriel, who has taken on her father's title and duties -- to slip over the border into the icy river of Death, sometimes battling the evil forces that lurk there, waiting for an opportunity to escape into the realm of the living. Desperate to find her father, and grimly determined to help save the Old Kingdom from destruction by the horrible forces of the evil undead, Sabriel endures almost impossible challenges whilst discovering her own supernatural abilities -- and her destiny.
  • AIOLA 12 years +
    Tim Bowler
    12 years +
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    Somehow the boat was still afloat - another wave had lifted it clear of the first rock and was driving it further inshore. It bumped against the base of Crab Rock and skewed around, then tipped momentarily to starboard ...and as it did so, she saw a figure crouching in the bottom. Hetty's always been a bit of a loner, preferring to keep to the outer edges of the close-knit island community. But when a strange woman is washed up on the shore, Hetty finds herself under increasing scrutiny from the islanders. There's a connection between Hetty and the woman that makes people suspicious, so when death comes to the community the woman is branded a bad omen and Hetty has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. As she heads out to sea, a storm is breaking and the whispers that she's heard before are louder than ever. Voices from the very depths of the sea ...and they're calling her name.
  • Pittacus Lore Collection - 3 Books - Collection - 9780718185251 - Pittacus Lore
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    Pittacus Lore
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    Featuring the first three books in the bestselling Lorien Legacies series, this collection is a must for young adult readers who have a thirst for action-packed sci-fi stories.

    John Smith is not your average teenager. He moves from small town to small town, unable to change his identity. He cannot tell anyone who or what he really is - and if he stops moving, he will be hunted down... Winding up in the appropriately named Paradise, Ohio, he decides it's the right time to settle down and make friends. But it's not long before his secret is revealed - he was once one of nine. Three have been killed - and John's Number Four.

    The Power of Six and The Rise of Nine continue this captivating and mysterious series as the next few in line decide to fight back...
  • BRR2 13 years +
    Moira Young
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    Moira Young's Blood Red Road is set in a desolate, post-Apocalyptic landscape and has a feisty and resourceful heroine at its centre.

    Narrator Saba, and her twin brother Lugh, are joined in a desperate struggle for survival in their harsh world until Lugh is abducted by strangers on horseback and Saba embarks on a desperate mission to save him.

    This powerful, enchanting tale is a riveting read.
  • AFSMW 12 years +
    Rachel Hartman
    12 years +
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    The kingdom of Goredd is populated by humans and by dragons who fold themselves into a human form. Though they live alongside each other, the peace between them is uneasy. But when a member of the royal family is murdered, and the crime appears to have been committed by a dragon the peace and treaty between both worlds is seriously threatened...Into this comes Seraphina, a gifted musician who joins the royal court as the assistant to the court composer. She is soon drawn into the murder investigation and, as she uncovers hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace in Goredd for good, finds herself caught desperately in the middle of the tension. For Seraphina hides a secret - the secret behind her musical gift - and if she is found out, her life is in serious danger...
  • AHXII 14 years +
    Jodi Lynn Anderson
    14 years +
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    In the forbidden woods of Neverland, Tiger Lily falls under the alluring Peter Pan's spell. She will risk everything - her family, her future - to be with him. But Tiger Lily soon discovers that the most dangerous enemy can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart. From the New York Times bestselling author comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.