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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

I) CLASSIC ADVENTURE

BURROUGHS, EDGAR RICE
“Tarzan of the Apes” (1912)
“A Princess of Mars” (1912)
Though written for adults, this author’s adventure stories have been embraced by children since their first appearance in the pulp magazines of their time. Tarzan, the boy raised by apes, who is as comfortable in the jungle as he is out of place in civilization, and John Carter, the Virginia soldier somehow transported to a strangely mediaeval Mars both spawned long series. Burroughs other books are equally enjoyable.

DODGE, MARY MAPES
“Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates” (1865)
Skating on the frozen waterways of Holland, and a thrilling race to win a needed prize are at the climax of this story of the Brinker family.

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS
“Treasure Island” (1883)
“Kidnapped” (1886)
The first classic spawned a whole genre of pirate stories, and the tale of Jim and Captain Flint and the search for pirate gold is still exciting reading. “Kidnapped” takes a more historical course in 18th-century Scotland, but the heart of the book is the struggle of a kidnapped boy to get back home.

TWAIN, MARK (Samuel Clemens)
“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” (1876)
“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884)
Tom Sawyer’s escapades in rural Hannibal, Missouri are classic trickster tales, with great characters and an exciting plot. “Huckleberry Finn” is a book of more importance, one that works on many levels. Children will enjoy the sheer adventure of it, while adults are still arguing over the many ethical questions it raises about slavery.

VERNE, JULES
“Journey to the Center of the Earth” (1864)
“Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” (1870)
I’ve placed Verne here rather than science fiction, though they certainly are that, because I feel the emphasis in these books is on exciting, wonder-filled stories of adventurers facing the unknown. These and other Verne books were written for adults, but have been long loved by children.

WYSS, JOHANN
“The Swiss Family Robinson” (1814)
A shipwrecked family on a deserted island finds adventure and invents a new life for itself, with help from the wreckage of their ship. In the style of Robinson Crusoe, but with lots of fun for all ages. The version usually seen today was expanded by other writers.

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RECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN TOPICS

A) Classic Fantasy

B) Epic Fantasy

C) Animal Fantasy

D) Historical and Time Travel Fantasy

E) Other Fantasy

F) Science Fiction

G) Mystery

H) Historical

I) Classic Adventure

J) Vacation/Holiday Adventure

K) Wilderness Adventure

L) Other Adventure

M) Classic Family and Friends

N) Family and Friends

O) Real Life

P) Humor

Q) Classic Animals

R) Dogs and Cats

S) Horses

T) Other Animals and Nature

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