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Top 10 Classic Stories of Adventure, Plus Bonuses


The Guardian did another great top 10 a few weeks ago. This one is Top 10 Adventure Classics, offered by Charlie Fletcher, author of Far Rockaway. In discussing his reasons for writing Far Rockaway (largely his children), he mentions the importance of the story, and how sometimes the story can be more important than the writing (that is a statement ripe for debate, though perhaps he has a point – I know a fairly respectable woman, who claims to respect and admire strong writing, who nevertheless devoured all four Twilight novels, despite the atrocious writing, simply because she wanted to know what happened and how it ended). I also like that he refers to the element of story as “Vitamin S”.

We put together our own list of 21 Classic Adventure Stories a few years back – let’s see if there’s any overlap.

Charlie Fletcher’s list:

1 and 2. The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure by Hergé

3 and 4. Treasure Island and Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson

5. Kim by Rudyard Kipling

6 and 7. Puck of Pook’s Hill and Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling

8. The Sword in the Stone by TH White

9. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A good list, to be sure, and some absolute essentials on there (the Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling especially), but a lot of repeat authors and a lot missing. Still, I’ve never read The Sword in the Stone, and now have something to add to my ever-growing-and-threatening-to-topple to-read pile. Fletcher’s own book, Far Rockaway, sounds intriguing and exciting as well. It tells the story of a young girl, who upon being hit by a speeding fire truck, wakes to find herself in a bizarre land populated by the characters of all the books her grandfather used to read to her. She must fight for her survival in the strange world her subconscious manifests, even as her body in the real world fights for her life.

Here are another 21 exciting adventure books, to appeal to kids and adults alike.

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Beth Carswell

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