The summer holidays are wrapping up, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw your desire for adventure out the window. Why not dive into a thrilling book to transport you to new lands? Little English Bookworm has some fantastic suggestions to keep the young and more seasoned of readers happy.
For younger adventurers
Atlas of Animal Adventures
Head off on a journey of discovery with this book that collects together nature’s most unmissable events from between the two poles, including epic migrations, extraordinary behaviours, and Herculean habits. Find hundreds of things to spot and learn new facts about every animal. Atlas of Animal Adventures won the Edward Stanford Children’s Travel Book of the Year Award in 2016.
Perhaps one of our favourite books in the last 12 months. A brilliant read together book that can take you on a different adventure each day. Beautifully illustrated and with truly amazing facts and information, perfect for young adventurers.
For animal loving adventurers
By Dion Leonard
Published by Harper Collins
Younger readers’ edition
Finding Gobi is the ultimate story of hope and friendship proving once again, that dogs really are man’s best friend.
In 2016, Dion Leonard, an ultramarathon runner, stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The pup earned the name Gobi’, as she went step for step with Dion, keeping pace with him for nearly 80 miles. What Gobi lacked in size, she made up for in heart.
Dion had always focused on winning, but as he witnessed the incredible determination of this small animal, he felt something inside him change. This is a story of a life changing friendship between one man and a little stray dog called Gobi.
This story first captured our imaginations when we saw a wonderful news item about Dion and Gobi. We will admit we were left crying at this beautiful and remarkable story. A heartwarming tale that will make you feel good about the world.
For adventurers who prefer their adventures on two wheels
The Cyclist Who Went Out In The Cold
By Tim Moore
Published by Yellow Jersey
Scaling a new peak of rash over-ambition, Tim Moore tackles the 9,000 km route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Asking for trouble and getting it, he sets off at the Arctic winter’s brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless and massively sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland. Haunted throughout the journey by the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream, and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse – at a time of ratcheting East-West tension. After three months, 20 countries and a 58-degree jaunt up the centigrade scale, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older.
We first read Tim Moore’s French Revolutions and it made us laugh out loud just like this one did. A fabulous travel and adventure book that will have you chuckling all the way through.
For adventurers who prefer facts to fiction
Prisoners of Geography
By Tim Marshall
Published by Elliot & Thomson
All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements – but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.
If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here.
In ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography examines the past, present and future to offer an essential insight into one of the major factors that determines world history.
This is a fascinating book that makes world politics so much clearer. If you are wondering why it is down as an adventure book, once you start reading about the mountain ranges that prevent invasion and rivers that define borders and dictate trade you will understand. You will definitely feel the need to visit these far-flung places yourself and get a true sense of how geography continues to shape our day to day world.