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 thoughts on “The Best Adventure and Mystery Books?

  1. locke

    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.

  2. The Doctor

    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.


    1. Boys' Life Post author

      You should talk with your parents about the books that you choose to read, especially if they seem overtly violent or adult-themed.

    1. awesomebooksrock

      Mr timn, read that series. SECRET SERIES by Pysodyundus (did I spell that corrrectly?) Bosch. I think that guy is Lemony Snicket undercover. Also, All The Wrong Questions series by Lemony Snicket.

    2. not so video game master

      I’ve read a lot of these books, but i like Ender’s game and Robinson Crusoe


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