Action books for Young Adults

In which the protagonist usually takes a risky turn, which leads to desperate situations including explosions, fight scenes or daring escapes. These include spy fiction and espionage, and stories about wars or battles.
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Stormbreaker By Anthony Horowitz They told him his uncle died in a car accident. Fourteen-year-old Alex knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle’s windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6–

Stormbreaker By Anthony Horowitz They told him his uncle died in a car accident. Fourteen-year-old Alex knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle’s windshield confirm his suspicions. But nothing prepares him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for MI6–

Kill Game  (Fearless FBI By Francine Pascal The greatest weapon against a serial killer? — A girl with no fear.  Gaia Moore isn’t like anyone else in the world. She’s trained in ten different martial arts. She has a sharp mind, and an even sharper tongue.

Kill Game (Fearless FBI By Francine Pascal The greatest weapon against a serial killer? — A girl with no fear. Gaia Moore isn’t like anyone else in the world. She’s trained in ten different martial arts. She has a sharp mind, and an even sharper tongue.

Traitor: By Andy McNab and Robert Rigby Danny Watts’ grandfather, Fergus, was a Deniable Operator in the SAS before he was betrayed, imprisoned, and falsely denounced as a traitor. Now Fergus has escaped, but the real traitor is determined to silence Fergus and Danny for good...

'Traitor (Boy Soldier, by Andy McNab and Robert Rigby: A boy who believes his grandfather to be a traitor, a spy who turned against England and then disappeared, tracks down his grandfather and finds out the truth.

The Recruit: By Robert Muchamore CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. But they’re not. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists...

The Recruit: By Robert Muchamore CHERUB agents are all seventeen and under. They wear skate tees and hemp, and look like regular kids. They are trained professionals who are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists.

Sure Fire By Jack Higgins and Justin Richards. For fifteen-year-old twins Rich and Jade, their lives have just been turned upside down. When their mother is tragically killed in a car crash, their long-lost father John Chance appears to collect them at the funeral.

Sure Fire (Rich and Jade series by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards

Little Brother By Cory Doctorow Marcus aka “w1n5t0n,” is only seventeen years old, but he figures he already knows how the system works–and how to work the system. Smart, fast, and wise to the ways of the networked world, he has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive but clumsy surveillance systems.

Little Brother-themed scavenger hunt taking place in San Francisco in September.

young adult action books

young adult action books

I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You  By Ally Carter Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (Gallagher Girls) by Ally Carter. Meet Cammie Morgan in the first book in the Gallagher Girls series.


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