Here is a list of some of my favorite books. Click on the name to see more information.

Science Adventure Books

Danny Dunn books, by Jay Williams and Raymond Abrashkin

A sixth grade boy and his friends, Joe and Irene, have adventures when Professor Bullfinch invents new scientific gadgets.

There are 15 books. My favorites are:

  • Danny Dunn and the Swamp Monster
  • Danny Dunn and the Voice from Space
  • Danny Dunn and the Fossil Cave
  • Danny Dunn and the Heat Ray
  • Danny Dunn and the Universal Glue

These books may not be in print, but you can find used copies at online book stores or at used book sales.

Winston Breen “puzzle adventure” books, by Eric Berlin

A boy who loves puzzles has adventures in which he must solve a real life puzzle. The books have lots of interesting puzzles for the reader to solve, in addition to the puzzles that are part of the plot.

There are 3 books:

  • The Puzzling World of Winson Breen
  • The Potato Chip Puzzles
  • The Puzzler’s Mansion


Narnia books, by C.S. Lewis

British children are transported to another world where they have adventures. Though the stories are written for children, they have religious themes that are of interest even to adult readers.

There are seven books. My favorites are:

  • The Horse and His Boy
  • The Silver Chair

C.S. Lewis was a friend of J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote Lord of the Rings.

The Narnia books are classics. Several of them have been made into movies.


The Railway Children, by E. Nesbit

A British family moves to a small house in the country near a railroad line. The three children become friends with the station workers, the engineers, and a regular passenger on the train. The children have a lot of adventures, including several in which they save lives.

The book was first published in 1906. At that time, a railroad was “high technology”. So this story is the equivalent of a modern story about a rocket ship. You can learn a lot about British history by watching the mother and the children.

This is not a high-action or scary story. I like it because it is quiet and the characters are realistic children who manage to do exciting things.

Books for Young People