Cover of The Misfits A Royal Conundrum. Five kids in a jailhouse lineup. All seem sullen and a bit confused. Kids are of different races, genders and religions (one young lady wearing a hijab).

We’re about halfway through our summer reading program, Adventure Begins at Your Library, so we’re sharing a list of children’s adventure novels (ages 7-14). Most of these were published in the last year, or are part of an ongoing series!

Cover of The Misfits A Royal Conundrum. Five kids in a jailhouse lineup. All seem sullen and a bit confused. Kids are of different races, genders and religions (one young lady wearing a hijab).

A Royal Conundrum (The Misfits Book 1) by Lisa Yee and Dan Santat (ages 8-12)

Every kid sometimes feels like a misfit, but Olive feels like one most of the time. When she’s sent to what she thinks is a reform school, she instead finds it is a secret spy school where she and her misfit classmates/friends can save the day by stopping the heist of the century!

Cover of Treasures of the Maya. Geronimo Stilton in front of a Mayan pyramid with a picture of Thea flying in front of him.

Treasures of the Maya by Geronimo Stilton (ages 8-12)

Geronimo Stilton is the most anxious adventurous reporter mouse in the world! On his trip to Chichén Itzà, his sister Thea and an ancient Mayan necklace go missing, and Geronimo has to find them. The Geronimo Stilton books are colorful, action-packed and fun for kids to read.

Cover of Trim Saves the Day. Black cat walking on a ship's wheel, with a parrot below looking up at him in disbelief.

Trim Saves the Day by Deborah Hopkinson (ages 7-10)

Trim the kitten loves being part of the ship’s crew, but hasn’t quite found his place yet. After trying several jobs, he discovers something big that requires all hands on deck! This is an intermediate reader, great for kids who are just starting to read chapter books. A second book in the series is coming in July.

Cover of Viewfinder. Young girl with an astronaut suit walking through a mushroom wood, looking back over her shoulder. In front of her is a lit treehouse.

Viewfinder by Christine D.U. Chung (ages 6-9)

A young explorer in the distant future lands on an uninhabited Earth. She finds a viewfinder, which shows her what Earth used to be. But she also finds signs that there might be someone else living on Earth now. This is a wordless graphic novel, perfect for those who love to tell the story themselves!

Cover of Mapmakers and the Lost Magic. Young lady is sitting on the left, looking up at a bird on the top right, with a 3D map in her lap.

The Mapmakers and The Lost Magic; The Mapmakers and The Enchanted Mountain; The Mapmakers and The Flickering Fortress by Cameron Chittock (ages 8-12)

This relatively new series (books published in 2022, 2023 and 2024) features Adelaide, who wants to run away from home and the diabolical Night Coats, and the magical creature she accidentally awakens named Blue. Adelaide discovers the magical hideaway of the long-dormant Mapmakers, and begins a journey toward becoming a Mapmaker, abolishing the Night Coats and bringing peace and joy back to her world.

Cover of Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans. Young African girl with glasses and a purple dress in the forefront with a glowing stone in one hand and a light coming out of her other. In the background, there is a girl with a headscarf and sword, and a boy with a staff.

Adia Kelbara and the Circle of Shamans by Isi Hendrix (ages 8-12)

This is the first of a trilogy about an African girl whose family believes she has a demon inside her. She gets a kitchen internship at the Academy of Shamans, runs away with cat Bubbles, and hopes she fits in better at the Academy (and that there’s someone who can cure her there). But what she finds is that she needs to harness her powers to exorcise a truly evil demon from the kingdom’s emperor! The second book in the series comes out in October.

Cover of The Minor Miracle. Three cartoony kids on the cover. The front kid, Noah Minor, is floating the other two in the air.

The Minor Miracle: The Amazing Adventures of Noah Minor (ages 10-14)

Sure, Noah fell out of a 16th floor window when he was a baby, but his life has been pretty dull since then. He wants to be as amazing and talented as his two best friends, so he’s thrilled when, during a routine vision test, he finds out he can manipulate gravity and is recruited to train with Gravitas, a top-secret government agency. But Gravitas wants him to hunt down the one person who might be able to help him with his powers, his great-uncle Saul. The characters in this book are in 7th grade, making it perfect for those late elementary and middle school readers.

Cover of Magnolia Wu Unfolds It All. Two cartoon girls walking across a city street holding a sock, a backpack and walking with a dog.

Magnolia Wu Unfolds It All by Chanel Miller (ages 7-11)

Magnolia pins the lone socks she finds in her family’s laundromat to the bulletin board, but no one ever claims them. So, she and her new friend Iris from California decide to travel across the city to solve the mystery of each sock, and find out all kinds of interesting things along the way. This is a great early chapter book for kids in elementary school.

Mary Beth Adams is the Community Engagement Librarian for Alamance County Public Libraries. You can reach her at