Multcolib Kids Picks: Great Adventures, Derring-do

City of Orphans
City of Orphans By Avi Book - 2011 j AVI 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:In 1893 New York, thirteen-year-old Maks, a newsboy, teams up with Willa, a homeless girl, to clear his older sister, Emma, from charges that she stole from the brand new Waldorf Hotel, where she works (includes historical notes). gr. 6-9

Chains By Anderson, Laurie Halse Book - 2008 j ANDERSON 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War. gr. 6-10

Around the World in 100 Days
Around the World in 100 Days By Blackwood, Gary L. Book - 2010 j BLACKWOOD 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When seventeen-year-old Harry Fogg undertakes a race against time to win a wager with member of his famous father's club, he puts to good use the recklessness and fascination with all things mechanical that have caused him trouble in Victorian England. gr. 5-8

A Girl Named Disaster
A Girl Named Disaster By Farmer, Nancy Book - 2011 y FARMER 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to avoid drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits. gr. 6-9

Everest Book One, The Contest By Korman, Gordon Book - 2012 j KORMAN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Dominic, Chris, Perry, Tilt, Sammi, Bryn, and Cameron compete with each other to be selected as part of a team of teenage climbers with the goal of ascending Mount Everest. gr. 3-6

Wheels of Change
Wheels of Change How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (with A Few Flat Tires Along the Way) By Macy, Sue Book - 2011 j 796.6082 M1779w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Explore the role the bicycle played in the women's liberation movement. gr. 4-6

The Bravest Woman in America
The Bravest Woman in America The Story of Ida Lewis By Moss, Marissa Book - 2011 j B-Le5863m 2011 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:Ida's incredible strength and rowing skills helped her perform many daring rescues during her lifetime. gr. 1-5

Around the World
Around the World By Phelan, Matt Book - 2011 jgn PHELAN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Challenged with circling the world at the end of the nineteenth century, three very different adventurers--avid bicyclist Thomas Stevens, fearless reporter Nellie Bly, and retired sea captain Joshua Slocum--embark on epic journeys. gr. 5-9

Into the Unknown
Into the Unknown How Great Explorers Found Their Way by Land, Sea, and Air By Ross, Stewart Book - 2011 j 910.9 R826i 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Discover how the greatest explorers in history plunged into the unknown and boldly pieced together the picture of the world we have today. With the help of masterful cross sections, dramatic storytelling, and sidebars that highlight key concepts, places, and technology, readers explore fourteen historic journeys. gr. 4-8

Harry Houdini
Harry Houdini The Legend of the World's Greatest Escape Artist By Weaver, Janice Book - 2011 j 793.8092 H836w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This account of the life of Harry Houdini and his less famous partner, his brother Dash, includes details of his well-known career as a musician, as well as his interest in exposing fake mediums and other frauds. Sidebars highlight topics related to the early 20th century, such as child labor, the dime museums, and early aviation, an interest of Houdini's. gr. 4-7

Wild Women of the Wild West
Wild Women of the Wild West By Winter, Jonah Book - 2011 j 920.720978 W785w 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This book presents an account of frontier life for women in the American West through brief biographies of fifteen famous individuals, including Calamity Jane, Belle Starr, Nellie Cashman, Mary Fields, and Annie Oakley. gr. 3-6.

Queen of the Falls
Queen of the Falls By Van Allsburg, Chris Book - 2010 j 971.33903092 T2384v 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Learn about the stunt performed by sixty-two-year-old retired charm school instructor Annie Edson Taylor, who went over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel in an effort to gain fame and fortune. gr. 3-6

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Daring, bold or courage are traits of the people in these stories for grades 3 through 8.