Page-turning, Side-splitting Action! | Blockbuster Reads

Growing boys are always on the go. See if your readers can keep up with the high-energy, fast-paced action of these adventure novels.

Page-turning, Side-splitting Action!

For younger readers, these books take the intensity of action novels and marry them to the humor of slimy monsters and snotty scoundrels. Try turning one of these stories into a reader's theater, casting your wildest boys in the lead roles!

Captain Nobody

by Dean Pitchford
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

When Chris, Newt Newman's brother is knocked into a coma, Newt's two best friends take him out for Halloween to cheer him up. As Captain Nobody, Newt feels so strong and confident that he keeps wearing his costume after Halloween, but will Captain Nobody be able to save the one person he cares about most?

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory is opening at last, and only five lucky children will be allowed inside. But what they find is even wilder than any of the wild rumors, they've heard!

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Charlie and Willy Wonka are back, this time in a fantastic journey to outer space in their glass elevator.

Going Solo

by Roald Dahl
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Going Solo is the action-packed tale of Roald Dahl's exploits as a World War II pilot. Learn all about his encounters with the enemy, his worldwide travels, the life-threatening injuries he sustained in a plane accident, and the rest of his sometimes bizarre, often unnerving, and always colorful adventures.

Danny the Champion of the World

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Danny's dad had a secret, but now the secret's out and it's going to lead Danny on the adventure of a lifetime.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Mr. Fox is surrounded, and he's going to have to come up with a truly fantastic plan to dig himself out of trouble this time.

James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

When James drops magic crystals by the peach tree, the toy peach starts growing, and before long, it's as big as a house, with a secret entranceway.

The Witches

by Roald Dahl
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

Meet a hero, a wise old grandmother, and the most gruesome, grotesque gang of witches imaginable!


by Ursula Vernon
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

It's not easy for Danny Dragonbreath to be the sole mythical creature in a school for reptiles and amphibians, but having a unique family comes in handy sometimes. It sure beats reading the encyclopedia to research his ocean report, when his sea-serpent cousin takes Danny and his best iguana friend on a mindboggling underwater tour.

Dragonbreath: Attack of the Ninja Frogs

by Ursula Vernon
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Danny Dragonbreath knew girls were trouble. But the new foreign exchange student, Suki the Salamander, is beyond trouble. Not only has she reduced his best friend, Wendell, to a blithering, lovesick tadpole, but she's apparently the object of an elaborate ninja frog kidnapping plot. Danny is never one to pass up an adventure (especially one involving ninja frogs), and so he and Wendell and Suki set out on a dangerous quest through the mythical Japanese bamboo forests to find out what these fearsome frogs want. Danny may not be able to breathe fire like a normal dragon, but he and Wendell have watched lots of kung fu movies and can totally take on a bunch of ninja frogs. Or, um, so he hopes...

Fangbone: Third-Grade Barbarian

by Michael Rex
Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4

Eastwood Elementary has a new student, and he's nothing like the other kids in 3G. Fangbone is a barbarian warrior from another world!

Fangbone: The Egg of Misery

by Michael Rex
Ages 7-9 | Grades 2-4

Class 3G gets a new class pet from Fangbone's barbarian home world - an unhatched egg of the legendary White-titan Razor-dragon! But the evil Venomous Drool is also after the egg, and Fangbone must turn to his classmates to help protect it from dangerous enemy attacks.

Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol

by Jim Krieg
Ages 9-11 | Grades 4-6

Twelve-year-old Griff Carver knows a thing or two about fighting crime. Because Griff's not just any kid-he's a kid with a badge. And if you are a criminal, he's your worst nightmare. Griff might be the new kid on the Rampart Jr. High Patrol squad, but he's no rookie. And he'll do whatever it takes to clean up the mean hallways of his middle school-even if it lands him in hot water. But when Griff links cool kid Marcus "The Smile" Volger to a counterfeit hall pass ring, can he and his friends close the case? Or will Griff let down the force-and lose his badge-for good?

Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow

by Nathan Bransford
Ages 9-1 | Grades 4-6

When Jacob Wonderbar swaps a corn dog for a spaceship and winds up breaking the universe! He and his two best friends, Sarah Daisy and Dexter, find themselves on a madcap adventure complete with space pirates, bizarre new planets and revenge-hungry substitute teachers!

Mal and Chad The Biggest, Bestest Time Ever!

by Stephen McCranie
Ages 7-10 | Grades 2-5

Super kid genius Mal and talking dog Chad are best friends with a penchant for adventure and a knack for getting grounded. In their first illustrated book, these friends find themselves on some crazy adventures from time travelling to getting the MalÕs secret crush Megan to notice him.


by Jonathan Freisen
Ages 12 up | Grades 7 up

Equal parts romance and heart-pounding action, this novel will leave you absolutely breathless. Join teen Jake King, an adrenaline junkie turned hotshot firefighter, as he struggles with the one risk he cannot take: losing his best friend and secret love, the beautiful Salome Lee. But to Jake, firefighting is like breathing pure adrenaline. And if he doesn't stop soon, they could all get burned....

Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger

by Kevin Bolger
Ages 9 & up | Grades 3 & up

When Prince Harry convinces Sir Fartsalot that a Snotty Scoundrel is on the prowl to bring danger to the Kingdom of Armpit, Harry, Sir Fartsalot, and their buddy Sir Knotaclew set out to stop the dreaded Booger. Their hilarious quest will bring them face-to-phlegm with all kinds of interesting adventure!

Monster Squad #1: The Slime That Would Not Die

by Laura Dower
Ages 5 & up | Grades K & up

Jesse Ranger was just an average kid with an obsession for Oswald Leery's B-Monster movies until he discovered a dangerous secret: Leery's special filming process brought his movie monsters to life and now they've escaped the screen! Something must be done, but how do you trap a B-Monster, especially one made of slime?

Splurch Academy #1: The Rat Brain Fiasco

by Julie Gardner Berry and Sally Gardner
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

When Cody Mack is called to the principal's office yet again, he finds something far worse than detention awaiting him: Splurch Academy, a frightfully sinister boarding school for disobedient children run by a group of monstrous teachers.

Subject Seven

by James A. Moore
Ages 14+ | Grades 9+

Years ago, scientists began developing the ultimate military weapon: deadly sleeper assassins housed within the bodies of teenagers. Now Subject Seven, the dangerous alter-ego living inside a 16-year-old boy, has escaped the lab and is on a mission. His objective? To seek out others like him and build an army capable of destroying their creators.


by Kevin Bolger
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

Best friends Raymond and Graham have waited their whole lives for fourth grade, when they'll rule the school at East Millcreek Elementary. But things don't go quite as planned once Raymond gets stuck with the most embarrassing line in the school play! Can he find a way out of it, or will he be humiliated in front of everyone?

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Teen boys may resist reading, but they're always running to the box office to see the latest action movie. Loud, bloody, and with things blowing up all over the place, boys just can't get enough! Hold a discussion about the differences between books and movies. What makes the experience of seeing an action movie different than reading an action story? Can your kids suggest ways to imagine themselves in the thick of an action story, the way they feel in the movie theater?

The Adventures of Daniel Boom, AKA Loud Boy #1: Sound Off

by By D.J. Steinberg | Illustrated by Brian Smith
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

In this first adventure, Daniel Boom is the new kid in town with no volume control on his voice, but he discovers an even bigger problem: the evil Kid-Rid Corporation has silenced the entire world! Daniel taps into his inner superhero to become Loud Boy, along with his new pals who have bad habits (aka superpowers) of their own. The unlikely heroes are able to turn the tables on the villains, restoring peace and un-quiet to the world once more! But is it the end of Kid-Rid?

Alex Rider #1: Stormbreaker

by Anthony Horowitz
Ages 12 & up | Grades 6 & up

They told fourteen-year-old Alex Rider that his uncle died in a car accident. Alex knows that's a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle's windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6—Britain's top secret intelligence agency, and Alex is now being recruited to complete his final mission.


by Ralph Consentino
Ages 3 up | Grades PreS up

Have no fear—the Dark Knight is here! Learn how Bruce Wayne, a mild-mannered businessman by day, became a tireless crime fighter—Batman—by night.

Blade, Book 1: Playing Dead

by Tim Bowler
Ages 14 up | Grades 8 up

Blade is practically invisible, perfectly alone, living only by his wits; just the way he likes it. Until the day a chance encounter sends his world crashing down around him and he finds himself on the run again.

Blade, Book 2: Out of the Shadows

by Tim Bowler
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

Bleeding and dizzy, Blade wakes up to find himself in the hospital. But how did he get there? With enemies coming at him from all sides, it's hard to know who attacked him. But he knows that whoever it was will be back to finish him off. And quick. So he's gotta go. He's gotta break outta there. Not only to save his own life, but there's kindly old Mary and little Jaz to think about. Who's looking out for them? On the run, with grinks hot on his tail and gravely injured, Blade will have to gather all his strength just to survive. And with nowhere to hide, he needs to run. Because this time, if he plays dead, that's exactly how he'll end up.

Blade, Book 3: Fighting Back

by Tim Bowler
Ages 14 up | Grades 9 up

Blade returns to The Best, the city he ran away from years ago. The city where he grew up and where the ghosts of his past lurk around every corner. And he knows people are trying to find him. Lord H, aka Hawk—the dangerous man Blade's been running from for years—will have his vast network of thugs on the lookout. But Blade also knows The Beast is where Lord H brought little Jaz when he kidnapped her, and no matter what, he needs to rescue her.

The Brotherband Chronicles. Book One: The Outcasts

by John Flanagan
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

They are outcasts. Hal, Stig, and the others - they are the boys the others want no part of. Skandians, as any reader of Ranger's Apprentice could tell you, are known for their size and strength. Not these boys. Yet that doesn't mean they don't have skills. And courage - which they will need every ounce of to do battle at sea against the other bands, the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race. The icy waters make for a treacherous playing field . . . especially when not everyone thinks of it as playing.

The Chance Twins #1: Sure Fire

by Jack Higgins
Ages 12 & up | Grades 7 & up

For twins Rich and Jade, their lives have just been turned upside down. When their mother is tragically killed in a car crash, their long-lost father, John Chance, appears to collect them at the funeral. He's a bachelor who lives on his own, and it's clear that Rich and Jade aren't welcome. But when Chance suddenly disappears, Rich and Jade uncover the truth: He's a spy. And now, whoever kidnapped their father is after them, too. Sure Fire is a gripping adventure from the master of the modern thriller.

The Case of the Deadly Desperados: Western Mysteries, Book One

by Caroline Lawrence
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-7

When twelve-year-old P.K. (Pinky) Pinkerton's foster parents are murdered by Whittlin' Walt and his gang of ruthless desperados, Pinky goes on the run. He's forced into hiding with Ma's priceless last possession: the deed to a large amount of land and silver mines in the Nevada Mountains. But relying on disguises will only keep Pinky hidden for so long, and the desperados are quickly closing in...

The Great Wide Sea

by M. H. Herlong
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still mourning their mother's death when their dad decides to buy a boat and take them on a year-long sailing trip. One morning, the boys wake up to discover their father has disappeared, and they are lost. What happened to him? Where are they? And what will they do with a treacherous storm looming on the horizon?

Groosham Grange

by Anthony Horowitz
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-5

Hidden away on a lonely island, Groosham Grange is a school that is unknown to the outside world. What is the chilling secret hidden behind the headmaster's door? And why are students disappearing in the middle of the night? New student David has a lot more to worry about than just pleasing his parents—like survival!

Return to Groosham Grange: The Unholy Grail

by Anthony Horowitz
Ages 9-11 | Grades 3-5

Someone is trying to destroy David Eliot's school. He's on track to win the Unholy Grail, a cup of magical power rewarded to the star pupil, but a series of suspicious mishaps makes it seem as though someone, or something, is trying to stop David from winning!


by Marie Lu
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up


What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

The Looking Glass Wars

by Frank Beddor
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne in her magical world, until her murderous Aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss' parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard, Hatter Madigan, must flee to our world (known as London). But they get separated along the way, and now Hatter must search every corner to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland to fight for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.

No Passengers Beyond This Point

by Gennifer Choldenko
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Three siblings—India, Finn, and Mouse—have less than forty-eight hours to pack up all their belongings and fly, without Mom, to their uncle Red's in Colorado, after they use their house to forclosure. But when they land, a mysterious driver meets them at the airport and he's never heard of Uncle Red. Like Dorothy in Oz, they find themselves in a place they've never heard of, with no idea how to get home, and time is running out.

Quantum Prophecy #1: The Awakening

by Michael Carroll
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

Ten years ago, all the superhumans vanished. No one knows what happened to them...until now. Thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin are shocked to discover that they are, in fact, the beginning of a renewed superhuman race. On the run from everyone, and not knowing who is friend or foe, the one ability the new heroes are going to need most is the power to distinguish good from evil.

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan

by John Flanagan
Ages 12 up | Grades 6 up

They have always scared him in the past, the Rangers, with their dark cloaks and shadowy ways. Now 15-year-old Will has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom and there is a lot of dangerous, mysterious, adventurous work for them to do—and for Will.

Shark Wars

by E.J. Altbacker
Ages 9-12 | Grades 4-7

Rising sea temperatures and overfishing have caused food to become scarce for the prehistoric shark clans called Shivers and the battle for new hunting grounds has brought with it corruption and warfare. Now, with the ocean on the brink of chaos, a young reef shark named Gray must venture deep into Open Water to unlock the secrets of his destiny and bring peace back to the ocean.

Simon Bloom, The Gravity Keeper

by Michael Reisman
Ages 8-12 | Grades 3-6

Sixth-grader Simon Bloom can't believe his luck when he finds a book that enables him to control the laws of physics. When two thugs with evil intentions come after Simon, he must use the formulas to save himself and the book from falling into their hands.

Super Human

by Michael Carroll
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Four thousand years ago the world's first super human walked the earth. Possessing the strength of one hundred men, skin impervious to attack, and the ability to read minds, this immortal being used his power to conquer and enslave nations. Now plans are in motion that will transport this super human to the present, where he'll usher in a new age of tyranny unlike anything the world has ever seen.

Determined to stand against them, using powers they've only just begun to master, is a ragtag group of young heroes. For them this first test may be their greatest... and last.


by Ralph Cosenino
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-Kp

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! All children love Superman, but until now, there hasn't been a book written and illustrated specifically for the youngest fans of the earth's greatest superhero. Told in simple, child-friendly language and illustrated with bright, bold artwork inspired by the originals, Superman is the perfect introduction to this beloved American icon.

The Talent Thief

by Alex Williams
10-12 | Grades 4-6

Adam's sister is a singing sensation and he is her biggest fan. Unlike his superstar sibling, this twelve year- old boy excels at absolutely nothing—although his sister would argue that he's the master of getting on her nerves. But when a mysterious creature as old as time steals her talent, it's Adam who fearlessly leads the charge to retrieve it and stop the creature before it can take the talents of other children.

Brimming with colorful characters and dastardly villains, and recalling the best of Roald Dahl, Alex Williams presents a humorous adventure about where talent truly lies.

We Are Not Eaten By Yaks: An Accidental Adventure

by C. Alexander London
Ages 10 up | Grades 5 up

Oliver and Celia Navel would love nothing more than to watch TV. All day long. But their parents are explorers… And when their mom disappears, they must travel to the corners of the globe to find her. Along the way they encounter talking yaks, witches, and the evil Sir Edmund S. Thitheltorpe-Schmidt III.

Z. Rex

by Steve Cole
Ages 10-14 | Grades 5-8

You're 14 and find yourself on your own. Your father, who has developed the world's cutting edge research on virtual electronic game-playing, has been missing for weeks. And suddenly you're being hunted by men with guns, and a savage, man-eating dinosaur is chasing you. What would you do?

Z. Raptor

by Steve Cole
Ages 10 and up | Grades 5 and up

In the companion to Z. Rex, Adam Adler and his dad must stop a terrible experiment created by scientists who have stolen their video-game technology and created hyper-evolved raptors, which they have released on an island inhabited by death-row inmates with one law: survival.