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Seven epic adventures to thrill the imagination

Our first Get Norfolk Reading theme of the new school year is ‘epic adventures’!

I used to love getting all snug and cosy in my reading ‘den’ (made up of a duvet and pillows in a corner of my bedroom) and getting stuck into an adventure story that could take me anywhere in the world, back in time and into the future, to death-defying feats and heroic deeds.

There are so many wonderful adventure stories to inspire and entertain young readers.  Here’s seven of our favourite adventures for readers of different ages:

  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury (3+) We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. Will you come too? For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through this award-winning favourite. Follow and join in the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of a bear. What a surprise awaits them in the cave on the other side of the dark forest!
  • A River – Marc Martin (3+) There is a river outside my window. Where will it take me? So begins an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text from this award-winning picture-book creator.
  • The 13 Storey Treehouse – Andy Griffiths (7+) Andy and Terry live in the WORLD'S BEST treehouse! It's got a giant catapult, a secret underground laboratory, a tank of man-eating sharks and a marshmallow machine that follows you around and shoots marshmallows into your mouth whenever you're hungry! Just watch out for the sea monkeys, and the monkeys pretending to be sea monkeys, and the giant mutant mermaid sea monster . . . Oh, and, whatever you do, don't get trapped in a burp-gas-filled bubble
  • The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster (9+) When Milo finds an enormous package in his bedroom, he’s delighted to have something to relieve his boredom with school. And when he opens it to find – as the label states – One Genuine Turnpike Tollbooth, he gets right into his pedal car and sets off through the Tollbooth and away on a magical journey!
  • The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brockett – John Boyne (9+) There's nothing unusual or different about the Brocket family - and they're keen to keep it that way. But when Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it's clear he's anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity - and floats. 
  • The Suitcase Kid - Jacqueline Wilson (9+) When my parents split up they didn't know what to do with me . . .My family always lived at Mulberry Cottage. Mum, Dad, me - and Radish, my Sylvanian rabbit. But now Mum lives with Bill the Baboon and his three kids. Dad lives with Carrie and her twins. And where do I live? I live out of a suitcase. One week with Mum's new family, one week with Dad's. It's as easy as A B C. That's what everyone says. But all I want is to go home - back to Mulberry Cottage...
  • The Swiss Family Robinson – Johann David Wyss (10+) Inspired by Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, this heart-warming tale portrays a family’s struggle to create a new life on a strange and fantastic tropical island.

What’s your favourite epic adventure?  We’d love to hear from you!  Tweet us at @NorfolkReading with your recommendations for this theme.