Fever, 1793
Laurie Halse Anderson

In 1793 Philadelphia, sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sick mother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to cope with the horrors of a yellow fever epidemic.
The Door to Time
Pierdomenico Baccalario

After moving from London to an old mansion on the English coast, eleven-year-old twins Jason and Julia discover that their new home has twisting tunnels, strange artifacts from around the world, and a mysterious, locked door.
*If you enjoy this title, make sure to check out others in the Ulysses Moore series!
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon
Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Fearing that the sinister Lord Ombra was not destroyed, Peter and Molly travel to the land of Rundoon, which is ruled by the evil King Zarboff.
A Week in the Woods
Andrew Clements

The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.
The Misadventures of Maude March, Or, Trouble Rides a Fast Horse
Audrey Coulombis

After the death of the stern aunt who raised them since they were orphaned, eleven-year-old Sallie and her fifteen-year-old sister escape their self-serving guardians and begin an adventure resembling those in the dime novels Sallie loves to read.
The Mystery of the Burmese Bandicoot
Judy Cox

Two rats escape from their comfortable life in an elementary school classroom and survive many dangerous adventures as they stow away on a pirate ship in search of a valuable statue.
Jimmy Coates, Assassin?
Joe Craig

While escaping from the strange men that are after him in London, Jimmy discovers he possesses many unusual talents for an eleven-year-old boy.
A Girl Named Disaster
Nancy Farmer

While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.
The Whipping Boy
Sid Fleischman

A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
Willow Run
Patricia Reilly Giff

During World War II, after moving with her parents to Willow Run, Michigan, when her father gets a job in the B-24 bomber-building factory, eleven-year-old Meggie learns about different kinds of bravery from all of the people around her.
Valerie Hobbs

After a fire destroys the farm where he was born, a young border collie acquires a series of owners and learns about life as he seeks a home and longs to fulfill his life's purpose of shepherding sheep.
Wild Man Island
Will Hobbs

After fourteen-year-old Andy slips away from his kayaking group to visit the wilderness site of his archaeologist father's death, a storm strands him on Admiralty Island, Alaska, where he manages to survive, encounters unexpected animal and human inhabitants, and looks for traces of the earliest prehistoric immigrants to America.
The Sight
Erin Hunter

In a troubled time for the Clans, three young cats, grandchildren of the legendary Firestar, begin their training as warriors and, in the course of many adventures, discover their true destiny.

*If you enjoy this title, make sure to check out the others in the Warrior series!
Rebecca Lisle

Pursued by enemies of the family she never knew she had, ten-year-old Copper Beach flees to Spindle House, her paternal home, and decides to uncover the truth about a feud between the Stone and Wood clans that sent her into exile six years earlier.
Red Midnight
Ben Mikaelsen

After soldiers kill his family, twelve-year-old Santiago and his four-year-old sister flee Guatemala in a kayak and try to reach the United States.
The Man with the Silver Oar
Robin Moore

In 1718, fifteen-year-old Daniel leaves his guardian uncle's Quaker household to stowaway on a ship in pursuit of a pirate captain bent on raiding the coast of North America before returning to port in Hispaniola.
Roxie and the Hooligans
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Roxie Warbler, the niece of a famous explorer, follows Uncle Dangerfoot's advice on how to survive any crisis when she becomes stranded on an island with a gang of school bullies and a pair of murderous bank robbers.
Kenneth Oppel

Dusk, the world's first bat, must lead his colony to safety in a time of changing species.
Bread and Roses, Too
Katherine Paterson

Jake and Rosa, two children, form an unlikely friendship as they try to survive and understand the 1912 Bread and Roses strike of mill workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
The Key to Rondo
Emily Rodda

Through an heirloom music box, Leo, a serious, responsible boy, and his badly-behaved cousin Mimi enter the magical world of Rondo to rescue Mimi's dog from a sorceress, who wishes to exchange him for the key that allows free travel between worlds.
Sea Legs
Alex Shearer

Twin brothers Eric and Clive are ready for adventure on the high seas, so instead of staying with their grandparents yet again, they stow away on the cruise ship on which their father serves as Senior Steward.
Hugo Pepper
Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

A boy, orphaned and raised in the Frozen North by reindeer herders, boards his birth parents' sled and sets its special compass to "Home," where he uncovers a plot that threatens his mermaid godmothers and other friends of his family.
*If you like this title, make sure to check out the others in the Far Flung Adventures series!
The Mysterious Benedict Society
Trenton Lee Stewart

After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.

*If you enjoy this title, make sure to check out the others in the series!
Solomon Snow and the Stolen Jewel
Kaye Umansky

While trying to rescue Prudence's father from prison, Solomon, Prudence, the Infant Prodigy, and Mr. Skippy the rabbit find themselves caught up in the mad plans of the villainous Dr. Calimari to steal a fabulous and cursed ruby.
Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew
Ursula Vernon

Nurk, a sort-of brave shrew, packs up a few pairs of clean socks and sails off on an accidental adventure, guided by wisdom found in the journal of his famously brave and fierce grandmother, Lady Surka the warrior shrew.
Dragon Keeper
Carole Wilkinson

An orphan slave girl becomes a Dragon Keeper when she heroically comes to the aid of an aging dragon and both go on a dangerous journey across China to protect a mysterious stone vital to the dragon's legacy.
Danger Along the Ohio
Patricia Willis

Lost in the Ohio River Valley in May 1793, twelve-year-old Clare and her two brothers struggle to survive in the wilderness and to avoid capture by the Shawnee Indians.
Leepike Ridge
N. D. Wilson

While his widowed mother continues to search for him, eleven-year-old Tom, presumed dead after drifting away down a river, finds himself trapped in a series of underground caves with another survivor and a dog, and pursued by murderous treasure-hunters.
The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake 1906
Laurence Yep

Eight-year-old Henry and nine-year-old Chin love to read about heroes in popular "penny dreadful" novels, until they both witness real courage while trying to survive the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast
Jane Yolen & Robert Harris

Twelve-year-old Atalanta discovers a home and friendship with a bear, misunderstanding from town-dwellers, and grudging respect from the great hunter Orion, as together they pursue mysterious creature that killed her father.
*If you enjoy this title, make sure to check out the other titles in the Young Heros series!