Action and Adventure!

These stories of spies, battles, pirates, survival tales, thieves, and living life to the extreme will keep you on the edge of your seat!







The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
YA Fiction, YA Books on CD, Science Fiction
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
YA Fiction
When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.

Heirs of the Force by Kevin J. Anderson
YA Fiction
Exploring the jungle outside the Jedi Academy, twins Jacen and Jaina Solo discover the remains of a TIE fighter that went down during the first Death Star battle, and their plans to repair it are overseen by a stranded Imperial trooper.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
YA Fiction
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

The Last Knight by Hilari Bell
YA Fiction
In alternate chapters, eighteen-year-old Sir Michael Sevenson, an anachronistic knight errant, and seventeen-year-old Fisk, his street-wise squire, tell of their noble quest to bring Lady Ceciel to justice while trying to solve her husband's murder.

The Compound by S. A. Bodeen
YA Fiction, YA Audiobook
After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on them all.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in the hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

Spy High: Mission One by A. J. Butcher
YA Fiction
As students at a special high school that trains them to be secret agents, six teenagers struggle to complete the training exercises as a team before being sent out into the field to sink or swim.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, J Paperback
In order to develop a secure defense against the next attack from a hostile, insect-like alien race called the "buggers," government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is one of these geniuses and is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Thieves Like Us by Stephen Cole
YA Fiction
A mysterious benefactor hand-picks a group of teen geniuses to follow a set of clues leading to the secrets of everlasting life, secrets which they must steal and for which they risk being killed.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, J Fiction, J Audiobooks
When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.

Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling by D. M. Cornish
YA Fiction
Having grown up in a home for foundlings and possessing a girl's name, Rossamünd sets out to report to his new job as a lamplighter and has several adventures along the way as he meets people and monsters who are more complicated that he previously thought. Includes glossaries and maps.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.

The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan
YA Fiction, J Fiction
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

Ice Claw by David Gilman
YA Fiction
High in the French Pyrenees, fifteen-year-old Max Gordon's race to win an extreme sports challenge becomes a race to survive when he is accused of causing the death of a mysterious Basque monk who has predicted a cataclysmic ecological disaster.

Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
YA Fiction, J Fiction, J Book Group, J Audiobooks
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Silverfin by Charles Higson
YA Fiction, J Fiction, J Audiobooks
This prequel to the adventures of James Bond, 007, introduces us to the young James when he's just started boarding school in England and is about to become involved in his first adventure.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, J Fiction, J Audiobooks
After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle's dangerous work for Britain's intelligence agency, MI6.

The Last Thing I Remember by Andrew Klavan
YA Fiction
High school student Charlie West awakens bloody and bruised in a concrete bunker, only to discover that he has lost a year of his life and remembers nothing about escaping from prison after being convicted of murdering his former best friend, or why he is being pursued by both the law and a group of terrorists trying to bring down the government of the United States.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
917.98 K, Adult Audiobooks
Admitting an interest that borders on obsession, Krakauer searches for the clues to the drives and desires that propelled 24-year-old Chris McCandless to leave civilization behind and head into the remote Alaskan wilderness. Four months later, McCandless's emaciated corpse was found at his campsite by a hunter.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
When twelve-year-old Stephanie inherits her weird uncle's estate, she must join forces with Skulduggery Pleasant, a skeleton mage, to save the world from the Faceless Ones.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
YA Fiction
In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
YA Fiction
Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.

Operation Red Jericho by Joshua Mowll
YA Fiction
The posthumous papers of Rebecca MacKenzie document her adventures, along with her brother Doug, in 1920s China as the teenaged siblings are sent to live aboard their uncle's ship, where they become involved in the dangerous activities of a mysterious secret society called the Honourable Guild of Specialists.

The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
YA Fiction
James is recruited into CHERUB, a secret division of MI5 which consists of teenage spies. He successfully completes his training and goes on his first mission.

Shade's Children by Garth Nix
YA Fiction
In a savage postnuclear world, four young fugitives attempt to overthrow the bloodthirsty rule of the Overlords with the help of Shade, their mysterious mentor.

Trapped by Michael Northrop
YA Fiction
Seven high school students are stranded at their New England high school during a week-long blizzard that shuts down the power and heat, freezes the pipes, and leaves them wondering if they will survive.

Mortal Coils by Eric Nylund
YA Fiction
Teenage twins Eliot and Fiona must deal with their own budding supernatural abilities and the epic custody battle between the families of their parents: a goddess and Lucifer, Prince of Darkness.

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, J Fiction, J Audiobooks
In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
YA Audiobooks, J Fiction, J Audiobooks
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
YA Fiction
A woman is found stabbed to death in London. A young boy is drawn to the scene to investigate the murder and becomes a suspect himself.

Steel Trapp: The Challenge by Ridley Pearson
YA Fiction
On a two-day train trip to enter his invention in the National Science Competition in Washington, D.C., fourteen-year-old Steven "Steel" Trapp, possessor of a remarkable photographic memory, becomes embroiled in an international plot of kidnapping and bribery that may have links to terrorists.

Nation by Terry Pratchett
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks
After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl and heir to the British throne in this alternative history, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials trilogy) by Phillip Pullman
YA Fiction, J Fiction, J Audiobooks
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston
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After a winter of clmbing the highest and toughest peaks in Colorado, 27-year-old Aron Ralston set out on a simple hike in the Utah canyonlands. In the early afternoon, Aron was climbing down off a wedged boulder when the rock suddenly came loose. Before he could get out of the way, the falling stone pinned his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall, leaving him stranded there for six days.

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
YA Fiction
In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
YA Fiction, YA Audiobooks, J Fiction, J Audiobooks
Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
YA Fiction
Finland, 1910: Fifteen-year-old Sig is shocked to see a hole in the frozen lake outside his family's cabin and to find his father's corpse nearby. Why did Einar steer his dog sled across the lake instead of taking the safer land route? Sig's sister and stepmother go for help, leaving Sig alone with Einar's body in the cabin. Soon after, an armed stranger barges in, demanding a share of Einar's stolen gold from when the two men knew each other during the Alaska Gold Rush.

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
YA Fiction
New York high school student Elizabeth gets an after-school job as a page at the "New-York Circulating Material Repository," and when she gains coveted access to its Grimm Collection of magical objects, she and the other pages are drawn into a series of frightening adventures involving mythical creatures and stolen goods.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
YA Fiction, YA Books on CD
In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs--and, perhaps, save their own lives.

Cryptid Hunters by Roland Smith
YA Fiction
Twins, Grace and Marty, along with a mysterious uncle, are dropped into the middle of the Congolese jungle in search of their missing photojournalist parents.

Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James L. Swanson
973.7092 S, YA Audiobooks
Devoted to the South, John Wilkes Booth had planned to kidnap Lincoln and hold him hostage, but when that plan did not materialize, he hatched his assassination plot. Co-conspirators in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia helped him escape and evade capture for 12 days before being surrounded in a barn and killed.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy
YA Fiction
In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.

STORM: THe Infinity Code by E. L. Young
YA Fiction
In London, the teenaged geniuses of STORM, a secret organization dedicated to eliminating the world's misery through science and technology, uncover plans for a deadly weapon and race to find and dismantle it, then confront the corrupt scientist behind the scheme.

Reef of Death by Paul Zindel
YA Fiction
While helping a beautiful Aboriginal girl search for her people's missing treasure near the Great Barrier Reef, seventeen-year-old PC finds himself fighting an evil scientist and a deadly underwater monster.