Suggested Reading


Year 7 – recommended reading

CORDER, Zizou. Lionboy Series

CRAIG, Joe. Jimmy Coates Series

CROSS, Gillian. Lost Trilogy: The Dark Ground, The Nightmare Game; After Tomorrow

CROSSAN, Sarah. The Weight of Water

DELANEY, Joseph. Spooks Stories

DOHERTY, Berlie. Treason; The Company of Ghosts

DONNELLY, Jennifer. Deep Blue

DOWSWELL, Paul. The Cabinet of Curiosities; Sektion 20

DOYLE, Roddy, A Greyhound of a Girl

DUNMORE, Helen. Ingo Series

EARLE, Phil. Heroic

EVANS, Lissa. Small Change for Stuart

FISHER, Catherine. The Obsidian Mirror; The Box of Red Brocade

FUNKE, Cornelia. Inkheart Trilogy: Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath

GAIMAN, Neil. Coraline; The Graveyard Book

GARDNER, Sally. The Red Necklace; The Silver Blade; Maggot Moon

GLEITZMAN, Morris. Once; Then; Now; After

GRANT, Helen. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden; The Demons of Ghent

GREEN, John. Let It Snow; The Fault in our Stars

GREGORY, Philippa. Fool’s Gold

HARTNETT, Sonya. The Silver Donkey; The Midnight Zoo; The Children of the King

HIGSON, Charlie. The Enemy Series; The Enemy, The Dead, The Fear, The Sacrifice, The Fallen

HOFFMAN, Mary. The Falconer’s Knot; Stravaganza: City of Masks, City of Stars, City of Flowers

HOROWITZ, Anthony. Alex Rider Series; Diamond Brothers Series; Power of Five Series

JONES, Diana Wynne. The Game; Enchanted Glass

LAKE, Nick. In Darkness

NESS, Patrick. A Monster Calls

NEWBERY, Linda. Nevermore; The Treasure House

NICHOLLS, Sally. Ways to Live Forever; Season of Secrets; All Fall Down

NIX, Garth. Keys to the Kingdom Series; A Confusion of Princes; Across the Wall

PALACIO, R. J. Wonder

POWELL, Laura. Burn Mark; Witch Fire

PRATCHETT, Terry. Nation; I Shall Wear Midnight; Snuff; Dodger

PRUE, Sally. Wheels of War; Ice Maiden; Song Hunter

REES, Celia. The Fool’s Girl; This is Not Forgiveness

ROSOFF, Meg. Picture Me Gone

ROTH, Veronica. Divergent Trilogy

ROWLING, J. K. Harry Potter Series

RUNDELL, Katherine. Rooftoppers

RYAN, Chris. War Dog

SACHAR, Louis. Holes; Small Steps; Pig City; The Cardturner

SCARROW, Alex. TimeRiders

SNICKET, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events Series

ST JOHN, Lauren. Dead Man’s Cove; Race the Wind

STEAD, Rebecca. Liar & Spy

SUTCLIFFE, William. The Wall

TOLKIEN, J. R. R. The Hobbit

TORDAY, Piers. The Last Wild

WEIN, Elizabeth. Code Name Verity

WESTERFELD, Scott. Behemoth; Uglies; Pretties; Specials

WHYMAN, Matt. The Savages

YOUNG, Moira. Dustlands Trilogy: Blood Red Road, Rebel Heart, Raging Stars

Years 8 and 9 – recommended reading


Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

Kim - Rudyard Kipling

I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Outsider - Albert Camus

The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger

On the Road - Jack Kerouac

Saturday - Ian McEwan

Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

• Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Treasure Island - R.L. Stevenson

The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway

Favourite authors:

Awful Auntie - David Walliams

Born to Run - Michael Morpurgo

Shadow - Michael Morpurgo

The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling

Cherub series - Robert Muchamore

Theodore Boone - John Grisham

Thought-provoking novels:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time - Mark Haddon

Stay where you are then leave - John Boyne

Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

The Truth about Leo - David Yelland

Wonder - R. J. Palacio

Favourite reads:

After the death of Alice Bennett - Rowland Molony

Ketchup Clouds - Annabel Pitcher

Geek Girl - Holly Smale

Jamie Johnson series - Dan Freedman

Tales from other countries:

Monster - W.D. Myers

Broken Glass - Sally Grindley

If I Ever Get Out of Here - Eric Gansworth

Taylor 5 - Ann Halam

Oranges in No-man’s Land - Elizabeth Laird

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

Ring Master - Julia Golding

Red Scarf Girl - Ji-Li Jiang

The Thief Lord - Cornelia Funke

The Divide - Elizabeth Kay


The Enemy - Charlie Higson

The London Eye Mystery - Siobhan Dowd

People Might Hear You - Robin Klein

Mistress Masham's Repose – T.H. White

Crocodile Tears - Anthony Horowitz

Hostage - Chris Ryan

Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett

Haven - Tom Easton

Uncommon Criminals - Ally Carter

Young Bond - Charlie Higson

The Power of Five - Anthony Horowitz

Divergent - Veronica Roth