When he persuaded his two best friends to help him search for the dad he’s never met, he didn’t expect to set off a chain of miraculous events which have ended up with them all being on the run in Wales…
Worst of all, they’ve not even packed enough pants.
My Favourite Children’s Books and Films about Adventures
By Jenny Pearson
I love a good adventure story. Who doesn’t? Right now seems like an excellent time to tag along on some exciting journeys, so here are some of my absolute favourites that you must read or watch immediately. Not all at once that would be impossible – but you know what I mean. And come to think of it, only once you have finished The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates. But once you have done, I absolutely insist you have a look at these. You can thank me later because trust me, you are going to have the BEST time joining in with these adventures.
The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle
Doyle is one of my absolute faves and her story of Fionn Boyle absolutely captured my imagination. Fionn and his sister Tara, are sent to stay with their grandfather on the Island of Arramore. It is a magical island which appears to wake up as soon as Fionn sets foot on its shores. The island knows him – even though he has never been there before. The Island’s unique magic has been harvested from the island’s storms by the Storm Keepers throughout time and then stored in candles. These candles can be burned to travel through the Islands layers or to different points in history. Fionn’s adventures begin when a sinister magic from the past begins to rise. Fionn learns his grandfather is the island’s Storm Keeper, but he must soon step aside. This is a breathless, magic adventure and one which will stay with you long after you have finished the final page. You’ll want more and you’re lucky because you can then read The Lost Tide Warriors.
The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
Fred, Con, Lila and Max are heading back to England when their plane crashes in the Amazon jungle. I’m a huge fan of Rundell’s writing – she creates such real and wonderful, characters and The Explorer is an exciting and gripping adventure that sees four children learning to survive in unfamiliar and challenging circumstances. Read this book and you will find yourself right there with them, eating tarantulas, swimming with river dolphins and finding a map to a lost city. How do you think you would cope?
I think this is a PG so you’ll have to get permission from whoever is in charge of you if you’re under twelve. An 80s film which has stood the test of time. A band of kids head off on a perilous journey in search of One-Eyed Willy’s pirate treasure to save their hometown from greedy property developers. They are chased by a criminal family the Frateli’s who would even scare the pants off Big Trev in Freddie Yates.
Flight of The Navigator
In the Flight of the Navigator twelve-year-old David is whisked off by an alien spaceship piloted by a friendly alien and an interesting range of alien creatures from other planets. When David is deposited back home, he is unharmed – the only problem is that it is eight years in the future and all his friends and family are much older. They are delighted yet surprised to see him, especially since he doesn’t appear to have aged a single day. Interest in David increases, and he has to escape a scientific research centre and help navigate the spaceship back into space so he can come back to his family in the correct year. Oooh, I think I’m going to watch this one tonight as I’ve reminded myself how much I love it!
Jenny Pearson, a primary school teacher based in the North East, is every bit as funny in real life as she is on the page. She loves her job, and Freddie Yates and his friends are a wonderful mix of all the children she’s ever taught. She says witnessing a close friendship among a group of kids is about the best thing ever; they make each other laugh, they muck around but, when the chips are down, they’ll do anything for each other.
The idea of a story about a trio of boys on a make-or-break adventure had been bubbling for a while when Jenny decided she needed a new (non-physical) challenge (she was the European Backstroke Champion 2015 for the ages of 35-39) and resolved to write a book. So she googled ‘children’s writing courses’, and decided to spend her teeth-straightening fund on enrolling. @J_C_Pearson