5th Grade Teacher's Favorite Adventure/Mystery Books for Escapism

A Listmania! list by Sauthoff
The list author says: "When I need to stop thinking about school and life, I turn to these. Most of these authors have series or other great books they've written."
Napoleon's Pyramids
1.  Napoleon's Pyramids by William Dietrich
The list author says:
  "I recently read all three of the Ethan Gage adventures and loved them.  Dietrich is an entertaining and humorous writer.  I loved his writing and found myself laughing out loud and unable to wait to read the next adventure."
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The Last Secret of the Temple
2.  The Last Secret of the Temple by Paul Sussman
The list author says:
  "I randomly picked up this book and found both it, and other Sussman books to be well written historical mysteries."
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The Amber Room: A Novel
3.  The Amber Room: A Novel by Steve Berry
The list author says:
  "I have found each of Steve Berry's books to be extremely well written and researched.  After reading any of his historical-mystery novels I realize that I'm learning as I read.  This is the novel that got me hooked on Steve Berry."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (264 customer reviews)

The Medusa Stone (Philip Mercer)
4.  The Medusa Stone (Philip Mercer) by Jack B. Du Brul
The list author says:
  "I thoroughly enjoyed all of Du Brul's Philip Mercer series.  Each has action, mystery, and story that keep me coming for more."
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The Last Oracle (Sigma Force)
5.  The Last Oracle (Sigma Force) by James Rollins
The list author says:
  "While many of Rollins' books are okay for a rainy day read, I've found his more recent novels to be more complex and complete.  He's the author who wrote the novel that goes with the latest Indiana Jones movie."
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Seven Deadly Wonders: A Novel
6.  Seven Deadly Wonders: A Novel by Matthew Reilly
The list author says:
  "Reilly is a master at writing action novels that read like the screenplay for a movie.  All of his books are cover to cover action so fast and deadly I kept holding my breath and have to continually remind myself to breathe."
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The Lost Painting
7.  The Lost Painting by Jonathan Harr
The list author says:
  "I read this book thinking it was fiction until the end, the book is so well-written and researched.  Then I discovered that the story is real and true, which made it all the more interesting."
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Riptide (Agent Pendergast series)
8.  Riptide (Agent Pendergast series) by Lincoln Child
The list author says:
  "Not much is better to me than a Pirate treasure mystery adventure.  Need I say more?"
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Corsair (The Oregon Files)
9.  Corsair (The Oregon Files) by Clive Cussler
The list author says:
  "I ravenously read anything Cussler at first, but his books became boring and formulaic to me. This book, however, had something pleasingly different about it that reminded me why I read Cussler in the first place."
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The Chase (An Isaac Bell Adventure)
10.  The Chase (An Isaac Bell Adventure) by Clive Cussler
The list author says:
  "Cussler breaks from his usual formula with a focus beneath the waves to follow a steam engine as it races halfway across the U.S.  I found the combination of Old West train robbery and police chase to be an exciting, page-turning combination."
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Relic (Pendergast, Book 1)
11.  Relic (Pendergast, Book 1) by Lincoln Child
The list author says:
  "Aside from the great mystery writing, favorite part of this series is experiencing the most interesting, elusive character of any novel I've read.  Special Agent Pendergast is wonderfully realized, yet the reader only experiences a sliver of his character in each book.  Only by reading more do you get a better, but never complete, view into this intriguing character."
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Jackdaws
12.  Jackdaws by Ken Follett
The list author says:
  "This look at the espionage during WWII is an action-packed page turner.  I listened to this audio-book and would sit in my car long after I reached my destination to hear what came next."
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The Shadow of the Wind
13.  The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The list author says:
  "This book was another surprising find.  An awesome first novel for this author translated into English."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,684 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

The Club Dumas
14.  The Club Dumas by Sonia Soto
The list author says:
  "Another pick-up and read surprise."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (385 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set: Books 1 - 5
15.  Percy Jackson and the Olympians Hardcover Boxed Set: Books 1 - 5 by Rick Riordan
The list author says:
  "My wife and I read through the entire series as she was pregnant.  I loved them for myself, but also highly recomend them for the classroom.  The series is creatively written, bringing Greek gods to life in modern day America.  Details like the main character's ADHD being explained as his "battle reflexes" make the books a joy to read."
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Peter and the Starcatchers
16.  Peter and the Starcatchers by Ridley Pearson
The list author says:
  "Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's take on the adventures of Peter Pan outside the Disney movie are a fun read.  The series started strongly, but lost steam as it went on."
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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
17.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
The list author says:
  "While neither mystery, escape, thriller, or action, I couldn't help but include this book.  Written by an author without autism, it is written by the point of view of a boy with autism.  This attempt to reveal the thoughts and understanding of a person with autism really made me think, while keeping me wholly entertained as well."
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