From time to time I'd like to add books that interest me in one way or another to this spot. The first list is one compiled for a recent conference where I spoke about adventure books that I have loved, over the years. 

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A booklist of 75 or so favourites as featured in Tim Wynne-Jones’ lecture on Adventure stories, presented at Reading for the love of it, Toronto 2013


The Classics

  1. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
    + Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  2. The Lost World, Arthur Conan Doyle
    + The Sherlock Holmes stories, especially Hound of the Baskervilles
  3. Dracula, Bram Stokes
  4. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
    + The Trilogy of the Ring
  5. The Kraken Wakes, John Wyndham
    + The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoo, The Day of the Triffids
  6. Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Jules Verne
    + Mysterious Island, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days
  7. The war of the Worlds, H.G. Wells
    + The Island of Doctor Moreau
  8. The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
    + The Three Musketeers, The Man in the Iron Mask
    Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss
  9. She, H. Rider Haggard
    + King Solomon’s Mine, Allan Quatermain 

Contemporary Favourites

  1. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
    + The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass
  2. Feed, M.T. Anderson
  3. Airborn, Kenneth Oppel
    + Skybreaker
  4. The Tiger in the Well, Philip Pullman
    + The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North
  5. The Wreckers, Iain Lawrence
    + the Smugglers, The Buccaneers, The Cannibals
  6. The Goats, Brock Cole
  7. The Giver, Lois Lowry
  8. House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer
  9. The White Mountain, John Christopher
    + The other 2 books in the “Tripods” series, the prequel When the Tripods Came
  10. Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve
    + The other 3 books in the “Hungry City Chronicles.”

Recent Favourites (last ten years or so)

  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
  2. How I Live Now, Meg Rosoff
  3. The Chosen One, Carol Lynch Williams
  4. All Good Children, Catherine Austen
  5. In the Path of Falling Objects, Andrew Smith
    + The Marbury Lens
  6. Tamar, Mal Peet
    + Life: An Exploding Diagram
  7. White Darkness, Geraldine McCaughrean
  8. Beauty Queens, Libba Bray
  9. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael Chabon
  10. This Dark Endeavor, Kenneth Oppel
    + Such Wicked Intent

For Younger Readers (old favourites and new)

  1. Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie
  2. The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford
  3. Hatchet, Gary Paulsen
  4. Redwall, Brian Jacques
    + over thirty sequels!
  5. Silverwing, Kenneth Oppel
    + Sunwing, Firewing, Darkwing
  6. Smith, Leon Garfield
    + Devil in the Fog, Black Jack, John Diamond, etc
  7. Slake’s Limbo, by Felice Holman
  8. Island of Doom, Arthur Slade
    + the Hunchback Chronicles
  9. The Clockwork Three, Matthew Kirby
  10. Storm Mountain, Tom Birdseye

And Coming Soon…

  1. The Lost Kingdom, Matthew Kirby
  2. Black Helicopter, Blythe Woodston


There's an interview of me with Rachel Wadham on “Worlds Awaiting” (BYU Radio’s Children’s Lit Show), this Saturday, May 7, at 1:30pm Eastern. You can hear it on BYU Radio at SiriusXM Channel 143, on the tunein app, and at
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