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Bear Grylls Adventures, Swallows and Amazons and The Girl of Ink and Stars on Bishop's Stortford College librarian Lizzie Hall's adventure reading list




Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall writes about the magic of storytelling...

Dear Reader. Adventure stories are both educational and inspiring to young readers, especially as now they have less contact with the natural world than ever before.

A good adventure story can bring out a sense of adventure in them that may otherwise be undiscovered.

Here are some of the best adventure books to read this week...

Babies and toddlers

We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury (39035245)
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury (39035245)

For brave hunters and bear lovers, the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear.

What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!

Ages 5-8

Bear Grylls Adventures by Bear Grylls

A mysterious compass with a fifth direction transports a young girl to a mountain top high above sea level, where the air is thin, the steep drops are treacherous and the conditions tough.

Luckily, survival expert Bear Grylls is on hand to guide her safely down the mountain, facing her fears and gaining in confidence along the way.

Bear Grylls Adventures by Bear Grylls (39035242)
Bear Grylls Adventures by Bear Grylls (39035242)

Ages 9-12

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

The Walker children - also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty and Ship's Boy Roger - set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island.

There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates.

The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures.

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (39035240)
Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome (39035240)

Tweens

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search.

The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep.

Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (39035235)
The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave (39035235)

Teens

Squirm by Carl Hiassen

This summer, join Billy as he flies across the country, hikes a mountain, floats down a river, dodges a grizzly bear, shoots down a spy drone, saves a neighbour's cat, saves an endangered panther, and then tries to save his own father in this best-selling American adventure.

Squirm by Carl Hiassen (39035233)
Squirm by Carl Hiassen (39035233)

Adults

The Old Ways – A Journey On Foot by Robert Macfarlane

Following the tracks, holloways, drove roads and sea paths that form part of a vast ancient network of routes criss-crossing the British Isles and beyond, Robert Macfarlane discovers a lost world.

A landscape of the feet and the mind, of pilgrimage and ritual, of stories and ghosts and, above all, of the places and journeys which inspire and inhabit our imaginations.

The Old Ways – A Journey On Foot by Robert Macfarlane (39035230)
The Old Ways – A Journey On Foot by Robert Macfarlane (39035230)

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