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
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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Adventures of Robin Hood
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Roger Green
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Robin Hood
by E. Charles Vivian
from Airmont Publishing Company, Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Black Fox of Lorne
by Marguerite de Angeli
1st edition from Doubleday & Company
for 4th-8th grade
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
Blue Lights
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Bushfire Rescue (Extreme Adventures #2 )
by Justin D'Ath
from Kane/Miller
for 3rd-6th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Caddie Woodlawn
by Carol Ryrie Brink
from Macmillan
Realistic Family Fiction for 3rd-7th grade
1936 Newbery Medal winner
in Realistic Fiction (Location: FIC-REA)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Cannibal Islands
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Captain Bayley's Heir
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: FIC-HEN)
Chronicles of Narnia - Deluxe Hardcover Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$102.00
Coral Island
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Cornet of Horse
by G. A. Henty
from Robinson Curriculum
Historical Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in G. A. Henty Books (Location: FIC-HEN)
$20.00
Deep Down
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Dog Crusoe
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Fighting the Flames
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Giant of the North
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Gorilla Hunters
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Hunted and Harried
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Island Queen
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Kidnapped
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Action/Adventure for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$13.56
King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Roger Green
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fairy Tales, Fables, and Legends for 7th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$15.26
Lonely Island
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Martin Rattler
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Norsemen in the West
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Peter Pan
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by J. M. Barrie
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Fantasy for 4th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$13.56
Pioneers, The
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Pirate City
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Post Haste
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Red Rooney
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Robinson Crusoe
Everyman's Library Children's Classics
by Daniel Defoe
from Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Historical Fiction for 6th-12th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
$13.56
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Sterling Classics
by Robert Louis Stevenson & Scott McKowen
from Sterling Publishing Co.
for 7th-10th grade
in Sterling Classics (Location: FIC-STE)
$9.95
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)
True Escape Stories
Usborne True Stories
by Paul Dowswell
from Usborne
for 3rd-6th grade
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Ungava
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
in R. M. Ballantyne Books (Location: FIC-HIF)
Young Fur Traders
by R. M. Ballantyne
from Vision Forum
Action/Adventure for 5th-9th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)