The Exciting Adventure Genre, Writing Reviews & Review Reading Goals

Hi everyone, this week we are taking a closer look at the Adventure Genre.  One of the reasons is because Simon Higgins is visiting and many of his books contain gripping adventures.


Adventure:  stories involve an unusually dangerous or  exciting series of events.

Some thrilling books in this genre include:

(1) Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman – Jamal and Bibi dream of soccer glory and playing in the World Cup but can they survive the treacherous journey to Australia as refugees?

(2) When the War Began by John Marsden – The first in an enormously popular series that has also been made into a movie.  On their return home from a camping trip, Ellie and her friends are shocked to find their world shattered, their families have disappeared and their country Australia has been invaded by an unknown force.

(3) Famous Five Series by Enid Blyton – This is a highly recommended series.  It may have been around for a while but it was my favourite growing up and continues to be popular with many students.  The Famous Five are Julian, Dick, George, Anne and of course Timmy the dog.  They find adventure wherever they go and usually have to follow the clues to solve an amazing mystery.  If you like working out a good mystery this is the one for you.  I wonder while you read if you can guess the answers to the clues before they are revealed.

To allow you to easily identify this amazing genre we have put stickers with mountain climbers on the spine. But of course there are thrilling adventures contained in many other genres. 

For example we have categorised the following in:


(1) The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien  – Set in imaginary worlds the characters have to go on very perilous journeys either to recover or destroy something.  The Lord of  the Rings has of course been made into a most beautiful series of movies and The Hobbit is about to be released.  I prefer the Hobbit it’sa little easier to follow with fewer characters.

(2) Rowan of Rin by Emily Rodda – This of course is often studied in year 7 and tells the story of Rowan, a timid bukshah tender who sets out with some of the villagers to find out why the water has stopped flowing to their village. 

True Stories:

Boy & Going Solo by Roald Dahl – Read about the famous writer Roald Dahl’s real life compelling adventures growing up and later his exploits surviving war.

Historical Fiction:

Tomadachi The Edge of the World by Simon Higgins is described on the blurb as a ‘great action-packed ripping yarn which is also ‘ a terrific historical novel which presents Japan’s feudal era in fascinating detail.’

YEAR 8 AUTHOR VISIT – SIMON HIGGINS – Year 8s Make a comment:

Did you see Simon Higgin’s presentation?  Post a comment telling us what you thought at the end of this post. 

If you want to know more about the author and his books visit the official Simon Higgins website.


Have a look at Patricia Baker’s presentation and think about the parts of an excellent book review.

The Slime Kids website  contains some great examples of book reviews that will give you ideas about how you can write one too.  Remember the aim of a review is to entice interest in the book you have read not tell the whole story.

If you go to Scholastic you can learn how to write a review step by step. 

Choose a book you have read this year and write your review. 

Save a copy in your Library Folder in your Documents to document your learning.


This week you should all be finishing up with the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Visit the Premier’s Reading Challenge website if you need to update and it is before August 31st.

It is time to set new reading goals.

Revisit the goals you created and update them in your Library Folder.  The document is attached below if you have lost it:

Wide Reading Goals


Look in the bulletin for anouncements of the winners.  Congratulations to all the wonderful writers – we are so proud of you!

The stories collected to celebrate Book Week this year have been put together in a Zine or Anthology of Student Writing called after the theme  “One World, Many Stories.”   The theme resonates strongly with our school community and the winning story strongly represents the theme.  The book will sit in the LRC in this super comfortable area which is your portal to the world.  Come and read the stories and if inspired write a story or ask your teachers to put together a book with stories from you and your classmates that we can publish in the LRC!  We are very keen to make a space available for your stories!


This is where the Student Zine or Anthology will sit. This is your portal to the world. Travel the world without leaving your Armchair!

By the way, was very impressed with comments left  by Year 8 Banksia hoping to see many comments to this post too.

Mrs Papazoglou





3 thoughts on “The Exciting Adventure Genre, Writing Reviews & Review Reading Goals

  1. Tanja

    Simon Higgins visit to Dandenong High School was very exciting and fun.
    I liked when he showed us his sword techniques and pictures, it was very cool that he got to be in saturday disney.

  2. laila

    i thought that simon higgings talk was very interesting and i really liked it when he showed us his samari sword:)

  3. Tamara

    I thoguht Simons Higgins’ visit to Dandenong High School was very interesting. I enjoyed everything about his presentation. It was very enjoyable and fun. The bit i liked most was when he showed us his sword techniques and pictures.

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