The best new adventure books

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Often times, reading is not for the faint of heart. It can be quite the wild ride, involving magical quests, twists and turns, all sorts of fantastical creatures and lots of adventure. Yes, you read that correctly: ADVENTURE.

Adventure takes us on the greatest journeys, makes us travel far and wide – even if just through our imaginations. If the sound of all this tickles your fancy, or you're simply in the mood for some pure escapism, keep on reading. The list of new releases below has been carefully curated to only include the very best of the latest adventure books for children aged 8+. 

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2024-05-28
The best new adventure books
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Foxlight: from the winner of the YOTO Carnegie Medal

From the author of October, October, winner of the Yoto Carnegie Medal, comes a heartbreaking and heart-warming story about sisterhood, found family and accepting love in the most unusual and unknown places. 


Fen and Rey were found curled up small and tight in the fiery fur of the foxes at the very edge of the wildlands. Rey is quiet and shy. She reads about the birds, feeds the lands and nurtures the world around her. Fen is loud and fierce and free. She feels a connection to foxes and a calling from the wild. When a fox appears late one night at the house, Fen and Rey see it as a sign – it's here to lead them to their truth, find their real family and fill the missing piece they have felt since they were born. But the wildlands are wicked and cruel and brutal and this journey will be harder and more life changing than either sisters imagined...

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The Vanquishers: the fangtastically feisty debut middle-grade from New York Times bestselling author Kalynn Bayron

The first book in a bitingly brilliant and fangtastically feisty debut middle-grade series by New York Times bestselling author Kalynn Bayron. Fans of The Breakfast Club Adventures, Goosebumps and Stranger Things will devour this fun, thrilling and heartfelt vampire adventure. 


In the world of the Vanquishers, vampires were history ... until now. Malika 'Boog' Wilson and her best friends have grown up idolising the Vanquishers, a group of heroic vampire hunters who wiped out the last horde of the undead decades ago. When a friend goes missing, Boog suspects the vampires might not have vanished as she'd thought. No one ever expected the Vanquishers to return, but if their town needs protection from the undead, Boog knows who to call ...

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Starminster

Take flight on this beautifully-written, epic and soaring new adventure, perfect for fans of Abi Elphinstone, Aisling Fowler, A. F. Steadman and Pari Thompson.

Astrid has lived in the rhubarb shed her whole life. The outside world is dangerous, but she longs to see the world; to meet other children; to live in the farmhouse with Mama. But what she longs for most of all is to see the stars.Then one night, a stranger unlocks the shed: a stranger with wings.

Astrid is swept into a breathtaking and magical world: Starminster. But quickly she learns that all is not well in the glimmering city and her mother was right about the dangers waiting for Astrid all along...

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I Am Wolf

An outstanding, highly original and unputdownable read! This is a bold, thought-provoking adventure perfect for fans of MORTAL ENGINES and THE LAST WILD.

Coll is Wolf and he lives with his clan on a Construct, a huge technological 'creature' driven by the clan's combined willpower. Together they roam their world, fighting other clans and absorbing them into their own. But when a new and dangerous Construct attacks them, Coll is thrown clear from Wolf and left behind. Now he must survive life on ground and get back to his clan...

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Secrets of the Snakestone

In this breathtaking adventure, Zélie and Jules face a deadly race to solve a family mystery and a vicious crime that stretches from the jungles of Calcutta to the sewers of Paris.

Zélie is often accused of being a witch, but she doesn't believe in magic. Until she finds a locket that once held the magical Snakestone. If she can find the stone, she might also find her missing father. But a dangerous secret society are equally desperate to get their hands on the Snakestone and its powers. So begins a desperate hunt for the treasure, facing strange riddles, a mysterious circus, and the miles of murky tunnels that twist beneath the ancient city above...

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The Whisperwicks: The Labyrinth of Lost and Found

The spell-binding world-building of Philip Pullman with the page-turning kid appeal of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief.

Eleven-year-old Benjamiah Creek believes in science, logic and the power of reason. He definitely does not believe in magic. But when he receives a mysterious gift in the post – a doll that can transform into a bird – he is led into the impossible (and most definitely magical) world of Wreathenwold, where dark secrets are lost amongst a vast labyrinth of streets. Benjamiah soon finds himself swept along in a dangerous quest – led by the fierce and brilliant Elizabella, who is determined to solve the disappearance of her missing brother.

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Ember Spark and the Thunder of Dragons

A magical NEW story filled with adventure, wonder and edge-of-your-seat excitement, set in a world of daring dragons and magical maladies by the best-selling author of Sky Song, Abi Elphinstone...

Rusty Fizzbang, vet to magical beasts, needs an apprentice. Ember Spark, looking for adventure, is his newest recruit – and together with an unlikely friend, Arno, she is sent to help a baby dragon whose parents have gone missing. But keeping magical beasts a secret isn’t an easy task, especially with arch-villain, Jasper Hornswoggle, hot on their heels and keen to derail them…

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Fireborn: Starling and the Cavern of Light

THE FINAL BATTLE IGNITES

The Master stepped closer and the pressure around Phoenix grew vicelike. Despair raged through her. How had she thought she could save everyone, when she couldn’t even save herself?

Following the shocking battle at Icegaard, Phoenix and her friends gather with the Hunters, desperate to unite the warring clans before their enemy, the Master, attacks Ember.

The Cavern of Light may offer hope in the form of a legendary weapon, but it lies deep in goblin territory, in the terrifying dark zone of the underground caves. The friends must brave the unknown, facing new and deadly creatures in search of a way to save their world.

As an epic final showdown draws near, Phoenix struggles to protect her friends, determined not to lose anyone else she loves. But the Master is crueller and more powerful than she ever imagined and as Phoenix’s past and present collide, unthinkable sacrifices will have to be made to defeat him.

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