Rainy days can make finding activities difficult and they can also send your kids retreating into the comfort of their devices. Pokémon Go is making rainy days a 24-hour marathon of snagging the next desert monster and, let's face it, sunny days too. Rounding up so many virtual adventures can be quite the distraction, but you can get them off their devices and back into a great read with these five adventure-worthy, action-packed novels that make even catching that elusive water species seem just a little less thrilling in comparison.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Nuclear war? Check. Lost boys and chaos? Check. A wild and legendary journey? Check. This epic tale of what happens when well-educated boys are forced to govern themselves on an uninhibited island is the thing that adventures are made of. Spoiler alert: Things get primitive and truly unexpected fast. Though it was not an instant success, "The Lord of the Flies" reemerged as something that seeped into mainstream media and became a cult-classic. If you were a big fan of J.J. Abrams' ABC hit-series LOST, then you likely know what a phenomenon this story was not only in and of itself, but woven into the story lines of other modern writers.
Hatchett by Gary Paulsen
This Newberry-winning novel is the tale of 13-year-old Brian Robeson who finds himself crash-landed in the forest after the pilot of his plane suffers a massive heart attack and dies. With only the hatchet that his mother gave him, he braves the lonely forest and learns to survive on his own. Kids will love the independent and action-packed nature of this story, and parents will love the underlying themes that go much deeper than mere survival, lending themselves to unexpected forgiveness.
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
“Call me Ishmael.” The iconic opening of, perhaps, the most widely recognized book of all time is enough to draw you in from the first breath. Lengthy… yes. Boring… no. Herman Melville’s classic may seem ancient to younger generations at first, but the hunt for the elusive monster of the sea is one that any boy or girl will appreciate, and then devour once they are hooked in line and sinker.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
With themes of mischief, dangerous villains, fake deaths, a little puppy love, and honest-to-goodness gold, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and his good friend Huck Finn are some of the most intriguing characters to ever spring forth from mere words. Even Ernest Hemingway had only good things to say about the timeless duo who would be remembered long after their creating author had passed.
Peter Pan and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
Disney’s Peter Pan has nothing on the original that J.M. Barrie dreamed up in 1911. With pirates, mermaids, and Native Americans, Peter Pan and Wendy Darling have far more adventures than could ever fit on to a screen. A favorite snippet of this book that stands out in particular is when Peter tethers Wendy to a balloon allowing her to escape danger while he is left behind. “But what will become of you?” Wendy cries. In all of his bravery and chivalrous-nature he attempts to comfort his friend by exclaiming, “To die would be an awfully big adventure!” This line is one that those who read the book as children often carry with them their entire lives.
On-the-go online gaming can be a lot of fun and can open your child’s eyes to the adventures around them. In moderation, it can enhance their present world. However, a book is a present that will enhance the future of that world for a lifetime. Cover to cover, page by page, we wish you and your child a week filled with the kind of adventure that can only be had with the power of a great book... even on rainy days.