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Topic: Please help me! Looking for some good titles!

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Subject: Please help me! Looking for some good titles!
Date Posted: 4/3/2009 12:30 PM ET
Member Since: 2/18/2009
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I would like to get a list of really good YA books that involve mystery, suspense, or adventure.  If you have any titles you can recommend, I would really appreciate it.  Thank you!

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Date Posted: 4/3/2009 10:45 PM ET
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My 14 yr old reads only adventure and fantasy books. She is really into animal adventure books like The Warriors series and Redwall, but has also enjoyed all the classic adventures like The Invisible Man, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 20,000 Leagues under the Sea etc.  Also the Peter and the Starcatchers series are great adventure books.

As for mysteries try the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Homes, etc. Not sure what age level you are looking for. If older teen,try some of the cozy mystery series like the Cat Who, Agatha Christie, etc.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 9:07 AM ET
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a survival/adventure novel. It's excellent.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. Oustanding book.

I'll post again later when I have more time. I have quite a few books that fit this category.


Date Posted: 4/4/2009 6:52 PM ET
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The Books of History series by Ted Dekker is really good.

Date Posted: 4/4/2009 10:45 PM ET
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Last Edited on: 4/4/09 10:47 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 3:14 PM ET
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Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey and Adam of The Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray are two books I enjoyed in high school. They're sort of adventure in that they involve traveling and overcoming adversities in various forms. Both heroes are boys around 10 or 11 and both books are historical. I'd say both are worth your time. :)

Last Edited on: 4/7/09 3:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 5:46 PM ET
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Margaret Petersen Haddix's Shadow Children series might fit the bill.  This is a series that appeals to kids 8-80.