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6 Gripping Adventure Books For Thrill-Seekers Of All Ages

Explore the picturesque sights and melodious sounds of our beautiful planet, but do so as an informed adventurer by reading life-critical facts and thrilling tales contained in these recommended adventure books.

Set side by side with the choreographed routine of our everyday lives, adventures can seem (and factually are) more exhilarating. Nonetheless, adventures—especially when you’re exploring a new environment—can be intimidating and it isn’t always all kicks and giggles.

Steering clear of needless dangers, staying healthy, and having contingency plans to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere are some of the most talked about concerns. But depending on the type of adventure activity you prefer, you could find any of a plethora of details from how to deal with wild animals to seeking out comprehensive guides for a process or location to be just as crucial to note before strapping on your backpack.

Our expert picks of the best books for adventurers range from books offering valuable outdoorsy tips to rousing novels for those who are adventurers at heart but haven’t found the time to step out of their comfort zone and could do with an adventure mind trip.

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#1 Slater Mountain by Judy Ricketts-White

This is a fun fictional adventure for readers ages 8 or 9 and up, about teenager Bailey Mathews, her horses, family and friends. Life lessons and good horse-handling principles are woven throughout the pages of this inspiring tale, as Bailey studies a herd of wild horses, works on the family ranch, and makes a dangerous journey on horseback to save an injured family member.

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Contributor: Judy Ricketts-White from Mecate Press

  1. “For readers in the USA” is actually a link to the book on amazon.

#2 Reef Smart Guides Florida by Peter McDougall

The definitive guide to scuba diving and snorkeling in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach. Exploring a new environment can be exhilarating, but it can also be intimidating. Whether someone is planning to hike through a forest or wander the streets of a new city, they will typically reach for a map and seek local knowledge beforehand; so why should exploring the marine ecosystem be any different? Reef Smart catalogues the beaches, surf spots, and dive and snorkel sites in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County using their unique 3D-mapping technology to help people get the most from their in-water experience and to better connect people to the underwater environment.

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Contributor: Christina McCall from Mango Publishing

#3 Look Big by Rachel Levin

This is a beautifully illustrated, smartly written book on how to deal with wild animals (and urban animals). It includes a handful of animal-encounter tales from acclaimed writers like Samin Nosrat (Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat). It's a great gift for adventure-oriented travelers, both big and small (kids LOVE it and adults are impressed by its amazing illustrations and smart writing) as well as armchair travelers who just want to read about animal adventures from afar. It features accurate, smart advice, and the book, released this year, and just landed in Target stores across the country., so it's widely available for purchase.

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Contributor: Elka Karl from Dadascope Communications

#5 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

This classic by Robert Louis Stevenson is just what you need if you are looking for adventure. It tells the story of Jim Hawkins, a boy who tends to an inn along with his mom and sick dad. Eventually, Jim meets the evil Blind Pew, and the action progresses throughout the novel as it covers a riveting fight over treasure. The book’s story is enough to give the main character nightmares, and it will captivate readers too. 

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

#6 Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

This book by Jules Verne is so engaging that it was actually turned into a movie! It tells the story of Phileas Fogg, who made a bet that he could travel the whole world in just 80 days. He picks up his life and travels to Dover, thus beginning his journey. Fogg uses a variety of transportation methods along his trip, and he faces dangers like storms and kidnappings. He also must contend with Inspector Fix of Scotland Yard, who believes that Fogg robbed the Bank of England. It’s an enthralling tale of Fogg’s race against the clock to win the bet.

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Contributor: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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Written by Taegan Lion