Reviews and Blog Posts: adventure

Navigating Early

by Clare Vanderpool

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A new book written by Newberry winning author Clare Vanderpool.  It's 1945 and Jack's mother dies before his father returns home from war.  Jack's father decides to have him move from Kansas to Maine to attend a boarding school near the base where Jack's father is stationed.  At his new...


by Neal Stephenson

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Relocating to a mountainous and isolated corner of British Columbia, Richard Forthrast managed to both dodge the Vietnam draft and amass a small fortune by smuggling high-grade grass into the middle-of-nowhere Idaho.  By using the proceeds to develop T’Rain, a wildly popular MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), the stage...

The National Outdoor Book Awards

Buried in the Sky

Living in Colorado, many of us enjoy being connected to the outdoors, whether we hike, ski, rock climb, or enjoy a beautiful day in a city park. When you just can't get outside, or when you want to have a virtual adventure, checking out winners of the National Outdoor Book Awards might satisfy your need for nature.

The National Outdoor Book Awards have been around since 1997, and are given out every November. The Awards are sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Foundation, the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University. They recognize excellence in outdoor writing and publishing in a number of categories, including Outdoor Literature, Natural History Literature, History/Biography, Design & Artistic Merit, Classic, Children's, Nature & Environment, Instructional, and Guidebooks.

The raft

by S. A. (Stephanie A.) Bodeen

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Robie's on another flight from Honolulu to Midway Atoll, going between her aunt and her parents, something she's done dozens of times. But this time, it's different. First engine trouble, then a crash into the ocean, and Robie and Larry the copilot are the only ones alive. They have a...

Treasure Hunters

Dark Gold

If you’re anything like me, the last treasure hunt you went on began with removing the cushions from the sofa. And the closest you came to finding gold was in the form of some fish-shaped crackers. This summer, live vicariously through the treasure-hunting heroes of some great adventure novels.

Dark Gold by David Angsten
While tracking down his missing brother in Mexico, Jack Duran stumbles across the mystery that might have been his brother's downfall: a mysterious treasure-laden shipwreck, rumored to be protected by some sort of underwater monster.

Unholy night

by Seth Grahame-Smith

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Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, tackles the nativity story in a far more thoughtful novel than fans of his earlier fiction might expect. Here, the three wise men are re-imagined as a band of dangerous criminals led by Balthazar, the infamous...

Change of course

by Joseph T Klempner

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Adult brothers embark on an ambitious sailing adventure after learning about the younger brother's fatal diagnosis.

A confusion of princes

by Garth Nix

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Khmeri is a Prince of the Empireone of ten thousand. Taken from his parents as a baby, genetically modified and altered with fancy tech, Khmeri is no longer human. When Khmeri ascends to his full powers, he learns that everything he was taught to expect of the Empire isn't entirely...

The false prince

by Jennifer A Nielsen

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Sage, an orphan, spends most of his time pickpocketing on the streets near his orphanage until he is purchased by a King's Regent, who also purchases two other boys of similar appearance. The three boys are taken to the Regent's estate, where they are they are told that the...

Women's Travel Writing

The Lost Girls: Three Friends, Four Continents... Cover

Women, traveling alone, or with other women, have found that it is always an experience - sometimes a good one, sometimes not so good - but inevitably interesting. When you don't have the time or money to travel, take a trip with these women authors and you'll never have to leave the comfort of your home. After reading some of these books, however, you may be inspired to visit a place you've never considered before.

I have always found that after the jet lag has worn off, the bags are unpacked, and the souvenirs distributed, that what lives on for me are the stories of experiences in adapting to different cultures. People who love to travel will appreciate the stories shared by these authors in their travel memoirs.

Following is a list of some of my favorites that are worth a read:

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