Adventure Stories

If pirates, jousting and horseback chases no longer appeal to you, you're too old or too boring. Adventure stories fell out of vogue among 20th century literary types who thought serious fiction had to be boring and depressing, but to those born with fire in their bones, adventure stories deeply serious.

Not serious like existentialism or keeping a stiff upper lip, but serious like Robin Hood—devoted to protecting the downtrodden, committed to Maid Marian, sworn to fight injustice as long as a soul is in his body, always laughing and ready for a fight or a feast.

G. K. Chesterton wrote adventure stories because they best expressed the eternal joy that supported his generous frame. For those raised on Modern Adventure Stories, joy may seem an inappropriate word for an increasingly dark genre, but the fault lies with those who think adventures are forays into evil rather than romps with Gilbert Keith.

There's nothing evil about a good adventure. There may be bad guys (there ought to be), but if the Good Guy does his job there'll be more of his exploits to talk about than theirs. Because, should he be doing his job, the Hero will be sword-fighting, being clever, wooing, chasing and laughing to the detriment of his enemies on every page.

Average people don't have the adventures Heroes in Books have—they have the adventures of Modern Men in Books. But the way through the prosaic troubles of life isn't to immerse yourself in them, it's to let the Good Guys show The Way Out of Problems, and do your best to imitate them when you meet the less dramatic, but no less real, dangers of everyday existence.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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AIO Imagination Station Book #14
by Marianne Hering, Nancy I. Sanders
from Focus on the Family
for 1st-3rd grade
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$4.24
All But Lost - Volume I
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
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in G. A. Henty Books (Location: FIC-HEN)
All But Lost - Volume II
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All But Lost - Volume III
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Barbary Jihad
Monroe Family Chronicles #4
by Douglas Wilson
from Veritas Press
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in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$12.75
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Swallows and Amazons #9
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Blue at the Mizzen
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by Patrick O'Brian
from W. W. Norton and Co.
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Penguin Classics
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Historical Romance for 7th-Adult
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Captain from Connecticut
by C. S. Forester
from P. F. Collier & Son Co.
for 8th-Adult
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Captains Courageous
by Children's Classics, Rudyard Kipling
from Dover Publications
for 4th-6th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Captains Courageous
Signet Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Signet Classics
Nautical Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
$3.36
Captains Courageous
Signet Classics
by Rudyard Kipling
from Living Book Press
Nautical Fiction for 7th-10th grade
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
$7.61
Captains Courageous
Reader's Digest World's Best Reading
by Rudyard Kipling
from Reader's Digest
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Catriona (David Balfour)
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Living Book Press
for 9th-Adult
in 19th Century Literature (Location: LIT6-19)
$10.16
Coot Club
Swallows and Amazons #5
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$12.71
Cruise of the Arctic Star
by Scott O'Dell
from Beautiful Feet Books
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in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
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Curse of Carne's Hold
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
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Dark Frigate
by Charles Boardman Hawes
from Little, Brown & Company
Historical Fiction for 5th-8th grade
1924 Newbery Medal winner
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$6.79
ECL #01: Treasure Island
Educator Classic Library #1
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in Educator's Classic Library (Location: FIC-ECL)
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Flint's Island
by Leonard Wibberley
from Bethlehem Books
Nautical Fiction for 5th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
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Fortune of War
Aubrey/Maturin #6
by Patrick O'Brian
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Nautical Fiction for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$6.50 (1 in stock)
Golden Ocean
by Patrick O'Brian
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Nautical Fiction for 9th-Adult
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$7.50 (1 in stock)
Great Northern?
Swallows and Amazons #12
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
H.M.S. Surprise
Aubrey/Maturin #3
by Patrick O'Brian
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Nautical Fiction for 9th-Adult
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Hidden Foe
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
for 6th-10th grade
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Innocent Voyage
by Richard Hughes, Lynd Ward (illustrator)
from Heritage Press
for 4th-7th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Jack Plank Tells Tales
by Natalie Babbitt
First Edition (first thus)
for 4th-6th grade
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John Hawke's Fortune
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
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Master and Commander
Aubrey/Maturin #1
by Patrick O'Brian
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Nautical Fiction for 9th-Adult
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$6.50 (1 in stock)
Midshipman Bolitho
by Alexander Kent
from McBooks Press
for 8th-Adult
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$4.00 (1 in stock)
Missee Lee
Swallows and Amazons #10
by Arthur Ransome
A Godine Storyteller from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$12.71
Moby-Dick
by Herman Melville
1st edition from Candlewick Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$18.69
Moby-Dick
by Herman Melville
1st edition from Candlewick Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$11.04
Picts & the Martyrs
Swallows and Amazons #11
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
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Pigeon Post
Swallows and Amazons #6
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
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Post Captain
Aubrey/Maturin #2
by Patrick O'Brian
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Nautical Fiction for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
S.O.S
by K. Norel
First English from Paideia Press
for 4th-6th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$1.00 (1 in stock)
Sea Wolf
Signet Classics
by Jack London
from Bantam Books
Nautical Fiction for 8th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$4.24
Secret Water
Swallows and Amazons #8
by Arthur Ransome
Revised from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Surgeon's Mate
Aubrey/Maturin #7
by Patrick O'Brian
from W. W. Norton and Co.
Nautical Fiction for 9th-Adult
Susan Creek
Monroe Family Chronicles #2
by Doug Wilson
from Veritas Press
Nautical Fiction for 4th-6th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$15.00
Swallows & Amazons Collection
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
Family stories/boating for 7th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$13.56
Swallows and Amazons
Swallows and Amazons #1
by Arthur Ransome
from David R. Godine
Family stories/boating for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Tales of Pirates and Buccaneers
by Howard Pyle
from Dilithium Press, Ltd.
for 4th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Treasure Island
Puffin Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Puffin Books
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$6.79
Treasure Island
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Treasure Island
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$15.26 $12.00 (1 in stock)
Treasure Island
Puffin Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Puffin Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Treasure Island
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Grosset & Dunlap
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
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