The Best Adventure and Mystery Books?

We recently received a great question from reader Paul, who asks, “Which are the best adventure and mystery books?”

Let us start by saying that this question is a tricky one because there are thousands of great mystery and adventure books out there. But we will give it a shot.

Take a look below for some of our favorites. Some suggestions will require parental guidance.

  • The 39 Clues (series)
  • Billy Bud by Herman Melville
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Hardy Boys (series)
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulson
  • Harry Potter (series) by J.K. Rowling
  • Huckelberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Lord of the Rings (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians (series) by Rick Riordan
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • White Fang by Gary Paulson
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’EngleDid we miss anything? Feel free to ask questions about the books we chose in the comments below. And as always, if you have a burning question type it into the box on the right side of this page.

70 Comments on The Best Adventure and Mystery Books?

  1. #1StarWarsFan // December 7, 2016 at 9:57 am // Reply

    The Mysterious Benedict Society! I’ve only recently finished book 1, but I LOVE the series!

  2. Ok, for real, Ender’s Game is the best book ever. But I’ve heard people say they are like Ender because they are smart but there are plenty of smart people in this world. I don’t think that’s what makes Ender unique. I think it’s because he has a conscience and he sees people as what they are.

  3. jahanvi singhal // July 6, 2015 at 7:55 am // Reply

    mystery and adventure

  4. Percy Jackson // February 2, 2015 at 4:23 pm // Reply

    OK Percy Jackson is the best.

  5. Anonymously Unanomus // January 25, 2014 at 6:34 pm // Reply

    Red Pyramid all the Way!!!

  6. Person Unknown // January 25, 2014 at 6:33 pm // Reply

    I think the Red Pyramid is a great book.


  8. the hypnotists is another good one.

  9. read origami yoda by tom angleberger 🙂 awesome book. also read conspiracy 365 by gabrielle lord

  10. Enders shadow bros. you have to get beans side of the story. And don’t see Ender Game it sucksssssssss!

  11. Rick Riordan forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

    it is the best book ever

  13. Yes, finally! Whovians!

  14. They should have put brixton brothers in

  15. What about da awesome face books?

  16. I like Chasing Redbird by Sharron Creech. Its the best book i’ve ever read by far.

  17. Totally read Ready player one

  18. The hobbit, the hardy boys, the lord of the rings, and treasure island are all really good books!

  19. try the Dopple Ganger series.

  20. come on why isnt sherlock holmes on there one of my faves

  21. Ya know, I don’t know why Peak isn’t on there. (I forgot the author) I’ll just have to go back in time and find out.


  22. skeet dude // August 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm // Reply

    The Book Thief!

  23. EXTREME nature kid // July 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm // Reply

    lemony snicket who could that be at this hour is AWESOME1

  24. I’ve read Hardy Boys books before.

  25. Serioulsy guys, white fang is written by Jack Londen…

  26. The Hunger Games Trilogy is the best.

  27. they forgot Fablehaven and the candy shop war. oh, and other rick riordan books!

  28. Fizzicsboy // May 2, 2013 at 3:55 pm // Reply

    Ranger’s apprentice!

  29. gary paulson fan // April 29, 2013 at 11:25 am // Reply

    Do you also like the hatchet series?

  30. Random guy // April 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm // Reply

    read most of these

  31. purple bird // April 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm // Reply

    Artemis Fowl all the way!!!!!!!!!! #Peechtival!

  32. Randomossa // April 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm // Reply

    What about the Princess of Mars? Also known as John Carter?

  33. Percy Jackson // April 25, 2013 at 12:42 am // Reply

    That was ok but not awesome.

    PS: How do have parental guidance with a book?

  34. Harry potter is GREAT book!

  35. Randamonium // April 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    The hobbit soooooooooooo good! 🙂

  36. mysterious Benedict society

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