My One Hundred Adventures

My One Hundred AdventuresAdventures.

Jane is twelve years old, and she is ready for them. She yearns to move beyond the world of her younger siblings and single mother and their cozy house by the sea, and to step into the "know-not-what"—the place where your heart buzzes with excitement and things happen.

And over the summer, whether she looks for them or not, adventures keep finding Jane. There's the thrilling solo ride in a hijacked hot-air balloon; the out-of-the-blue appearances of a slew of possible fathers; a weird new friendship with Nellie Phipps, preacher and wannabe psychic; the accidental crime Jane may have committed involving a Bible and a baby named Gourd; and, finally, her discovery of the truth that lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it's not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself.

National Book Award and Newberry Honor winner Polly Horvath has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that reader will never forget.

from My One Hundred Adventures:

You can hear the waves crash more loudly when it is dark. You can smell the sharper smells of the sea. Maybe the wind will take us this time, I think, as a gust shakes the foundations of the house. Maybe we will be blown apart to the many corners of the earth, but then I feel a sharp stab of something, excitement maybe. It is the prospect of adventures to be had.


  • A 2008 Booklist Editors' Choice
  • A Best Book of 2008 (Kirkus Reviews)
  • A Best Book of 2008 (School Library Journal)
    A Best Book of 2008 (Amazon)
  • 2008 New York Public Library List of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • NAPPA Gold Award Winner
  • Parent's Choice Gold Award
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • The Sheila Egoff Prize for Children's Literature
  • A 2009 Capitol Choice Noteworthy Book for Children and Teens
  • An IRA-CBC Children's Choice


"Jane's poetic, philosophical musings capture a child's logic with an adult voice in this witty, wise and wonderful novel. " —Kirkus (starred review)

"Horvath's most luminescent, beautifully written novel . . . a gifted writer, a word alchemist. . . This is Horvath at the top of her game, and that's saying something." —School Library Journal (starred review)

"This quietly captivating novel marks a new course for National Book Award–winner Horvath." . . . A compassionate spirit infuses this luminous tale." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"Sometimes Jane's duped, sometimes she's played; but if hope fades, it returns, and adventure still beckons. . . . Writing that can be as foamy as waves, as gritty as sand, or as deep as the sea." —Booklist (starred review)

"A masterful novel of considerable beauty." —The Globe and Mail.

"Full of sweetly memorable moments." —Parenting Magazine

"A great read aloud."— The Chicago Tribune.

"Horvath is at her finest here . . . highly recommended.—CM Magazine

"This beautifully crafted tale will appeal to thoughtful readers who appreciate gemlike prose. "— The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Lovely, fresh, ambitious, subversive, sharp and generous, My One Hundred Adventures is a splendid novel for wise children; world-weary teens; and adults, young and old. Reading Horvath is good for the mind, the body and the heart. "—BookBrowse

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