If you’ve got a child aged 8 through to 12 and over who love the suspense and intrigue of action and adventure novels, I’ve got some brand new ones for them to add to their ‘must read’ list.
Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants by Matthew J. Kirby
Scholastic Australia, RRP $19.99
Owen, the main character, may get the chance to use a device that may clear his father’s name. His father died in prison and was accused of a crime he didn’t commit. The device, one that lets its user explore genetic memories buried deep within their own DNA, brings Owen a lot more than he bargained for. This story has two secret organisations trying to track down Owen so they can get their hands on the artefact, but not before Owen can get his hand on the Trident of Eden, an ancient and powerful relic and legend.
This book is suitable for children aged 12+.
The Seven Signs: SKYFIRE Book 1 by Michael Adams
Scholastic Australia, RRP $7.99
This is a high-stakes, globe-trotting story with plenty of code-breaking, teamwork, friendship and heart-stopping danger where a group of seven friends enter the mysterious DARE awards and win wealth, fame and endless amounts of travel. But they’re not prepared for the danger events that come after their winnings in the shape of seven mysterious symbols called The First Sign. These symbols predict an explosive attack that has one of the friends fighting for life and throws a whole country into chaos. The friends race against the clock, they must solve the seven signs, against an ambitious and unknown mastermind. There are seven signs and seven days to save the world.
This book is suitable for children aged 10+.
The Call by Peadar O’Guilin
David Fickling Books, RRP $19.99
This book is hard-hitting adventure about survival. Every teenager is ‘called’ for 3 minutes and 4 seconds, from the moment they vanish to the moment they disappear. Nine out of the ten children return dead and even the survivors come back different.
With an enemy that is brutal and unforgiving, three friends attend a training school that will hopefully give them some chance of fighting back. They are determined to come back alive.
This book is suitable for children 12+
Star of Deltora Book 4: The Hungry Isle by Emily Rodda
Omnibus Books, RRP $16.99
Suitable for children 8+.
Pixel Raiders #2: Dragon Land by Bajo & Hex
Scholastic Australia, RRP $12.99
Dragon Land is full of engaging illustrations and has a fun storyline in a game world setting. It cleverly takes a game world setting and bridges the visual and storyline concepts from game play and into a book format.
Dragon land is a game of quests, magic and epic dragon battles. It’s suitable for children aged 8+.
What’s your pre-teen’s favourite adventure book at the moment?