“The 39 Clues” (Series):
Rick Riordin.
Maze of Bones. (Scholastic, 2008)
Gordon Korman.
One False Note. (Scholastic, 2008)
Peter Lerangus.
The Sword Thief. (Scholastic, 2009)
Jude Watson.
Beyond the Grave. (Scholastic, 2009)

J. Burchett and S. Vogler. “Wild Rescue” (Series)
Poacher Panic. [Book 1] (Stone Arch, 2012)
Earthquake Rescue. [Book 2] (Stone Arch, 2012)
Rainforest Rescue. [Book 3] (Stone Arch, 2012)
Polar Meltdown. [Book 4] (Stone Arch, 2012)
What could be better than being a twelve-year-old secret agent in defense of the most endangered animals
on the planet?

Andrew Clements. A Week in the Woods. (Simon & Schuster, 2002)

Mark A. Cooper. “Jason Steed” (Series)
Fledgling. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2010)
Revenge. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2012)
It's nonstop spy action with a twelve year old multiple-black belt secret agent. Jason Steed makes Alex Rider
look like a wimp.

Stuart Gibbs. The Last Musketeer. (Harper, 2011)
Want a little swash-buckling in your reading? Why not go back to a real original, with a modern twist?

Dan Gutman. Getting Air. (Simon & Schuster, 2007)

Dan Gutman. "The Genius Files" (Series):
Mission Unstoppable. (Harper, 2011)

Carl Hiaasen.
Chomp. (Knopf, 2012)
Alligators, pythons, monkeys, iguanas, bats, mosquitoes, television reality show stars, there is no end of
things that will bite you in the Florida Everglades.

Sid Hite. Stick & Whittle. (Scholastic, 2000)

Will Hobbs.
Take Me to the River. (Harper, 2011)
Will Hobbs means adventure. Name the outdoor thrill ride, and Hobbs has written it, usually with layer upon
layer of added dangers and complications. So when Dylan Sands set off for a river adventure on the Rio
Grande, well you know the water will be wilder than he expects. But who would guess he would end up in the
middle of a hurricane and an international manhunt? Anyone who has ever read Will Hobbs, that’s who.

Will Hobbs. Wild Man Island. (HarperCollins, 2002)

Anthony Horowitz. “Alex Rider Adventures” (Series):   
Stormbreaker.  (Philomel, 2000)
Point Blank. (Philomel, 2002)
Skeleton Key. (Philomel, 2003)
Eagle Strike. (Philomel, 2004)
Scorpia. (Philomel, 2005)
Ark Angel. (Philomel, 2006)
Snakehead. (Philomel, 2007)

Gordon Korman. “Kidnapped” (Series):
Abduction. (Scholastic, 2006)
The Search. (Scholastic, 2006)
Rescue. (Scholastic, 2006)

Gordon Korman. “Dive” (Series):
The Discovery. (Scholastic, 2003)
The Deep. (Scholastic, 2003)
The Danger. (Scholastic, 2003)

Gordon Korman. “Everest” (Series):
The Contest. (Scholastic, 2002)
The Climb. (Scholastic, 2002)
The Summit. (Scholastic, 2002)

Gordon Korman. "Island " (Series):
Shipwreck. (Scholastic, 2001)
Survival. (Scholastic, 2001)
Escape. (Scholastic, 2001)

Gordon Korman. “On the Run” (Series):
Chasing the Falconers. (Scholastic, 2005)
The Fugitive Factor. (Scholastic, 2005)
Now You See Them, Now You Don’t. (Scholastic, 2005)
The Stowaway Solution. (Scholastic, 2005)
Public Enemies. (Scholastic, 2005)
Hunting the Hunter. (Scholastic, 2006)

Gordon Korman. "Swindle" (Series):
Swindle. (Scholastic, 2008)   
Zoobreak. (Scholastic, 2009)
Framed. (Scholastic, 2010)
Showoff. (Scholastic, 2012)
Hideout. (Scholastic, 2013)

Josh Lacey.
Island of Thieves. (Houghton Mifflin, 2012)
Hunting for lost Spanish gold promises danger and fortune, but there is more danger and more fortune in play
than troublemaking Tom Trelawney could ever dream of when he follows his uncle to Peru, looking for the
lost Island of Thieves.

Ben Mikaelsen. Countdown. (Disney, 1996)

Ben Mikaelsen.
Rescue Josh McGuire. (Hyperion, 1991)

Rodman Philbrick.
The Young Man and the Sea. (Scholastic Paperbacks, 2005)

Roland Smith.
Peak. (Harcourt, 2007)
There is no end of adventure when it comes to challenging the highest mountain in the world, but this
adventure begins clinging to the side of a skyscraper in New York City. A gutsy, gritty story of an attempt to
put the youngest climber ever on the "Roof of the World."

Roland Smith. “Storm Runners” (Series)
Storm Runners. [Book One] (Scholastic, 2011)
The Surge. [Book Two] (Scholastic, 2011)
Eruption. [Book Three] (Scholastic, 2012)
The “MD” on the truck doesn’t stand for medical doctor, but for “Masters of Disaster”, two guys and one teen
who live on the road driving towards storms, fires, volcanoes, and all kinds of situations everyone else is
fleeing from. What does growing up the son of a disaster recovery expert do for you? For Chase Masters, it
makes you the one guy everybody can count on no matter what comes at you, and believe me, it is ALL
coming at you.

Lemony Snicket. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” (Series):
The Bad Beginning. (HarperCollins, 1999)
The Reptile Room. (HarperCollins, 1999)
The Wide Window. (HarperCollins, 2000)
The Miserable Mill. (HarperCollins, 2000)
The Austere Academy. (HarperCollins, 2000)
The Ersatz Elevator. (HarperCollins, 2001)
The Vile Village. (HarperCollins, 2001)
The Hostile Hospital. (HarperCollins, 2001)
The Carnivorous Carnival. (HarperCollins, 2002)
The Slippery Slope. (HarperCollins, 2003)
The Grim Grotto. (HarperCollins, 2004)
The Penultimate Peril. (HarperCollins, 2005)
The End. (HarperCollins, 2006)

Wendelin Van Draanan. “The Gecko & Sticky” (Series):
Villain’s Lair. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009)
The Greatest Power. (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009)

Wendelin Van Draanen. "Shredderman" (Series):
Secret Identity. (Knopf, 2004)
Attack of the Tagger. (Knopf, 2004)
Meet the Gecko. (Knopf, 2005)
Enemy Spy. (Knopf, 2005)
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Ben Mikaelsen. Jungle of Bones. (Scholastic, 2014)
Dylan panicked and began running down the trail. But even as he ran, he realized it was probably the
dumbest thing he could do after a snake bite. Still he kept running. If he stopped he would just die here on
some muddy overgrown trail in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. By morning, rats would have picked his
bones clean. By next week, other critters would have his bones scattered through the forest like twigs and
branches. The world would never even know what had happened to Dylan Barstow.

Josh Beck. Strike Three, You're Dead. [Lenny & the Mikes] (Knopf, 2013)
Lots of middle school guys think baseball is a life or death matter. But when Lenny and the Mikes set off on
their greatest baseball summer ever, someone will actually end up dead. The only question is, will it be one
of them?

Will Hobbs. Never Say Die. (Harper, 2012)
Nick is half Inuit (Eskimo), half white. The monster towering over him is half grizzly, half white (polar) bear.
The world changes; things evolve, if they want to survive. Only one of them will.