10 amazing adventure stories for girls 10+

I have lots of fab book lists on the blog – you can check the full list out here. Some of them, like this one are written with a particular gender in mind. This of course doesn’t mean that this book is exclusively for either gender, but feedback from children and parents has shown these books to be more popular with one gender than another.

This list has been crafted by Allison Tait. Allison is the author of the best selling The Mapmaker Chronicles series, and who has just launched the second book in her thrilling new adventure series.

The Book Of Answers (Ateban Cipher #2) – An orphan in exile. A band of rebel girls. And a prince whose throne has been stolen. Come on a journey full of danger, intrigue, adventure and incredible secrets.

‘The Ateban Cipher,’ Lucien continued, ‘is also known as the Book of Answers.’
‘Answers to what?’ Eddie asked.
Lucien sighed. ‘Everything.

In the second gripping Ateban Cipher novel, Gabe and his companions journey to a remote mountain citadel where they learn the secret of the mysterious, encrypted book that Gabe has been tasked with protecting. But their enemies are close behind them, and new dangers lie ahead.

As Eddie seeks to regain his crown, and Merry and Gwyn race to free their father, Gabe will discover the answer to his own great mystery – his true identity.

If you are quick you can head to Booktopia and snap up a signed copy of The Book of Answers for the discounted price of $11.95! Thanks Allison for this fab list, just in time for school holidays.

10 amazing adventure stories for girls 10+

Adventure stories come in so many different forms. Some are quests involving danger and intrigue and action; others are quieter tales, where the challenges and mysteries are less ‘in your face’, but just as inspiring and exciting.

There’s a new adventure story here for every girl.

Kensy and Max: Breaking News by Jacqueline Harvey


This action-packed spy adventure is from the mind of the bestselling author of the Alice-Miranda and Clementine-Rose series. Twins Kensy and Max Grey’s lives are turned upside-down when they are whisked off to London and discover their parents are missing.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman


Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Illuminae Files for teen readers, and this is her first solo novel. This is a novel of shape-shifting, adventure, magic and friendship.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle


Read the clasic book before you see the new film! Written in the 1950s, this science fantasy adventure features super-smart 13-year-old Meg Murry, who finds herself on a race through time and space to rescue her scientist father.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

The Inconvenient Adventures Of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty


Long- and shortlisted for a host of awards, including the 2018 ABIA Book of the Year, 2018 CBCA Book Of The Year, 2017 Aurealis Awards and Readings Children’s Book Prize 2018, this whimsical fantasy adventure story has charm in spades. Bronte Mettlestone, who never asked for adventure, finds herself traveling all over the kingdoms and empires to fulfill the conditions of her parents’ will.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

Quark’s Academy by Catherine Pelosi


Girls who love a bit of maths, science and humour along with their adventure will love this book, the first in a new series about junior science geniuses Augustine, Celeste and Oscar.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

Ranger’s Apprentice: The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan


While this is the 12th book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series, it’s the first to feature the newest apprentice. Will is all grown up and the choice of apprentice surprises him at first – but makes the series brand-new for girls. With a second Royal Ranger book due in July 2018, now’s the time to jump aboard this global phenomenon. Warning: you may find that having read The Royal Ranger, young readers will want to go all the way back to book one of the series.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

Teresa: A New Australian by Deborah Abela


Inspired by the author’s own family history, this is the story of Teresa, who moves to Australia from Malta after the Second World War. This inspiring and entertaining novel about the challenges and adventures of starting a new life in a new home.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

Nevermoor: The Trials Of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend


One for Harry Potter lovers, the first book in this new series promises an epic magical adventure for its young heroine. Shortlisted for a slew of awards including the UK’s Waterstones Children’s Prize, 2018 Indie Book Awards, Readings Children’s Books Prize 2018 (and more), and longlisted (so far) for the CBCA Book Of The Year Awards (Younger Readers) (and others).

Buy online at Booktopia here.

Lintang And The Pirate Queen by Tamara Moss


After a huge battle, Lintang leaves her island home on the pirate queen’s ship for a life of high-seas adventure, deadly creatures, impossible tasks and secrets. This book is shortlisted for the 2018 Readings Children’s Book Prize, and longlisted for the CBCA Book Of The Year (Younger Readers).

Buy online at Booktopia here.

The Book Of Secrets by A.L. Tait


Yes, I’m going to put my own book here, despite the fact that the main protagonist is a boy (Gabe). The four rebel girls in the Ateban Cipher novels – Merry, Gwyn, Scarlett and Midge – take centre stage for much of the story. If your girls are anything like me and walked away from the Harry Potter series feeling that Hermione Granger was the true hero, then they’ll love The Book Of Secrets and its just-published sequel The Book Of Answers.

Buy online at Booktopia here.

Do you have a book that you would add to this list?

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