Reading

Recommended ages 11 to 14

Adventure

  • Exodus Julie Bertagna - A quest for survival and a search for a new world
  • Hacker Malorie Blackman - A computer hacking adventure.
  • Storm Catchers Tim Bowler - Kidnap and mystery.
  • Millions Frank Cottrell Boyce - Adventure & dealing with grief.
  • Silverfin Charlie Higson - James Bond, the original superspy is back, aged 13!
  • Scorpia Anthony Horowitz - The MI6 adventure spy adventure series
  • Journey to the River Sea E
  • Star of Kazan Eva Ibbotson - A family mystery.
  • Thunder and Lightnings Jan Mark - An adventure mystery all about planes
  • Underworld Catherine Macphail - A school trip that goes wrong…
  • Trash Andy Mulligan - Three friends find something extraordinary. From thatmoment on they are hunted without mercy
  • Windsinger William Nicholson – a rebellious and fast-paced adventure.
  • Seeker William Nicholson – a thrilling, high-octane adventure.
  • Bridge to Terabithia Katherine Patterson - An adventure mystery.
  • Johnny and the Bomb Terry Pratchett - A time travelling adventure!
  • Brother in the Land Robert Swindells – A nuclear attack on earth!


Classic

  • Watership Down Richard Adams – A small band of rabbits set out on a perilous journey to find a safe home.
  • Little Women Louisa May Alcott – A family drama following the lives of the March sisters.
  • Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte – The story of a young girl’s passage to adulthood in the early nineteenth century.
  • Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte – A wild, passionate story set on a lonely moorland.
  • Great Expectations Charles Dickens – A gripping drama which opens in an overgrown churchyard on the eerie Kent marshes.
  • The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson-Burnett - An adventure into a secret garden, showing that people can change.
  • Goodnight Mr Tom Michelle Magorian – A long-bereaved old man grudgingly takes London evacuee into his home.
  • Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery -The first of a series of books about an orphan girl and her new life.
  • Five Children and It Edith Nesbit – Five children find a cantankerous sand fairy in a gravel pit.
  • The Railway Children Edith Nesbit – A family move to a house near the railway, after their father is imprisoned having been falsely accused of spying.
  • Heidi Johanna Spyri - Set in Switzerland, a story of friendship and family.


Fantasy

  • Midget Tim Bowler - Unable to speak, but powerful; family conflict
  • Basilisk N. M. Brown - A story of two worlds
  • The Hunger Games series Suzanne Collins – A terrifying and exhilarating thriller!
  • The Dark is Rising series Susan Cooper - A series of five books, beginning with ‘Over Sea, Under Stone’ – a story of a quest
  • Ingo Helen Dunmore - Mermaids and coping with loss
  • Dark Ground Gillian Cross - A boy is forced to survive in a dangerous world with a twist
  • Shadow of the Minotaur Alan Gibbons - A gripping, fantasy thriller. Phoenix hates his new home and the new school where he is bullied.
  • Across the Nightingale Floor Liam Hearn - The first of a trilogy - a mystery in the Orient (Grass for his Pillow & Brilliance of the Moon)
  • Doomspell Cliff McNish - A magical fantasy
  • The Snow Spider Jenny Nimmo - The first of a trilogy (Emlyn's Moon & The Chestnut Soldier) about a boy magician
  • Tom's Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce - A time travelling adventure
  • Northern Lights Philip Pullman – A trilogy exploring authority and other worlds (The Subtle Knife & The Amber Spyglass)
  • Mortal Engines Phillip Reeve - Set in a world where moving cities trawl the globe, Tom and Hester have been thrown out of theirs.
  • Percy Jackson series Rick Riordan - Join the adventures of Percy Jackson and his demigod friends as they fight mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos.
  • Harry Potter J. K. Rowling - A series of books about the life of a wizard as he goes through Hogwarts School
  • Secret Songs Jane Stemp - A story of family secrets
  • Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien - A trilogy about a quest to rid the world of the power of the ring
  • The Dreamwalker’s Child Steve Voake - Sam Palmer is knocked off his bike and wakes in Aurobon, a parallel world where insects are used as war machines.
  • Mirror Dreams Catherine Webb - A magical adventure with wizards…


Funny

  • Agent Z Mark Haddon - Very funny! Read it and find out…
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney – A hysterically funny story about a boy who finds himself in ridiculous situations.
  • The World of Norm Jonathan Meres – A funny, clever book about the hapless 12-year old Norm.
  • The Race for the Lost Keystone Val Rutt - An amusing adventure story – talking animals, a mad great-aunt…
  • Billionaire Boy David Walliams – The story of a boy with a billion pounds and not a single
  • Demon Dentist David Walliams – Full of mad characters and hilarious jokes, this is the thriller for you!
  • Mr Stink David Walliams - An original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel
  • Ratburger David Walliams – A screamingly funny novel about a little girl called Zoe and the evil Burt from Burt’s Burgers who is after her pet rat!
  • The Boy in the Dress David Walliams – Charming and surprising, the story of a boy called Dennis who is a little different!


Historical

  • Carrie’s War Nina Bawden - Evacuation & adventure during WW2
  • PoW Martin Booth - A novel of conflict and adventure.
  • Kezzie Theresa Breslin - Mining and transportation…
  • Remembrance Theresa Breslin -The story of two families in WW1.
  • King of Shadows Susan Cooper - A time travel adventure into the world of Shakespeare
  • Arthur and the Seeing Stone Kevin Crossley-Holland - The first of a trilogy set in Medieval England (Arthur at the Crossing Places & King of the Middle March)
  • The Kin Peter Dickinson - A historical family adventure
  • Children of Winter Berlie Doherty - Set in Eyam – a village isolated by the plague in the 1600s
  • Street Child Berlie Doherty - The story behind the foundation of Dr Barnado's children's homes
  • The Diary of Anne Frank / Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank - The diary of a Jewish girl in hiding during WW2
  • Coram Boy Jamilla Gavin - Orphans, the Coram Hospital, Slaves…
  • Changeling Philippa Gregory – The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world.
  • Stars of Fortune Cynthia Harnett - What happened when Elizabeth I was imprisoned by Mary I?
  • I Am David Ann Holm - A journey from imprisonment
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr - A humorous adventure story from WW2
  • Witch Child Celia Rese- Sixteenth century witch hunts - a horror mystery
  • The Silver Sword Ian Serraillier - A journey to escape from attack during the WW2
  • Last Train from Kummersdorf Lesley Wilson - Consider the events of the WW2 from the perspective of two young Germans.



Emotional and thought-provoking

  • My name is Mina David Almond – a thought-provoking and extraordinary prequel to ‘Skellig.’
  • Soundtrack Julie Bertagna - Dealing with grief and loss
  • Pig-Heart Boy Malorie Blackman - Heart transplant, animal rights, life and death.
  • Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman - Issues of racism and prejudice from a different perspective. First of a trilogy (Knife Edge & Checkmate).
  • Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech - Dealing with grief and family life, with a mystery unfolding
  • Refugee Boy Benjamin Zephaniah - Story of a young Ethiopian boy , whose parents abandon him in London to save his life.
  • Goggle Eyes Anne Fine - Living with separated parents / divorce
  • Love Aubrey Suzanne LaFleur - A young girl recovering from the tragedy of losing her father and sister in an automobile accident, and from the confusion of being abandoned by her grieving mother.
  • Inventing Elliot Graham Garner - Bullying
  • The Edge Alan Gibbons- A boy and his mother escape from a life of fear in an abusive relationship
  • Red Sky in the Morning Elizabeth Laird - The impact of having a disabled baby brother.
  • Jake’s Tower Elizabeth Laird - Step families / abuse
  • My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece Annabel Pitcher – The story of a young boy’s struggle to make sense of the loss that tore his family apart.


Friendships and Relationships

  • Blubber Judy Blume - Bullying and family issues
  • Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret Judy Blume - Friendship & growing up; thoughts about God and the world.
  • Summer Dream Cathy Cassidy – The more Summer tried to find perfection, the more lost she becomes.
  • Flour Babies Anne Fine - Parenting and family values
  • Mister God, This is Anna Fynn - A conversation about life and the universe -an interesting story about a girls' experiences as she grows up.
  • Girl Missing Sophie Mackenzie- Lauren has always known she has been adopted but is it possible she was snatched from an American family at birth?
  • Double Image Pat Moon- Coping with loss and mental health issues
  • Daughter Isobel Moore - The life of a young girl caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • The War of Jenkins' Ear Michael Morpurgo - Boarding school, acceptance and the question of belief.
  • Why The Whales Came Michael Morpurgo- Dealing with death, separation, prejudice…a beautifully told story
  • Sisterland Linda Newbery- A parallel story between WW2 and the present
  • Stop Pretending Sonya Sones- An unusual collection of poems exploring the feelings of a girl whose sister suffers from mental illness
  • Best Friends Jacqueline Wilson – A delightfully touching and entertaining story.


Science Fiction

  • Grinny Nicholas Fiske - An alien great aunt – a humorous read!
  • Hybrids David Thorpe - A thrilling sci-fi novel set in the believable nearfuture.


Stories from other cultures

  • Little Soldier Bernard Ashley - Bullying, family, racism
  • The Alchemist Paul Coelho - The story of a boy’s quest for the Elixir of Life.Very philosophical.
  • Life in Afghanistan under the Taliban Deborah Ellis - The first of threebooks - Pavana’s Journey & Mud City
  • Daughter of the Wind Suzanne Fisher-Staples Issues facing a Muslim desertgirl
  • Under the Persimmon Tree Suzanne Fisher-Staples Afghanistan under theTaliban
  • Lost for Words Elizabeth Lutzeier - Moving to England
  • The Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo - Refugees andimmigration. Also read the sequel – ‘Web of Lies’.
  • Zlata’s Diary Zlata Filipovic - A diary from war torn EasternEurope
  • Thura's Diary Thura Al-Windawi - A diary from war torn Iraq
  • AK Peter Dickinson - The story of a boy soldier
  • White Stranger Susan Gates- How do we view the values and morals of peoplefrom different backgrounds and cultures?
  • The Wheel of Surya Jamilla Gavin- The first in a trilogy about a life between India and the UK and the conflicting cultures (The Eye of the Horse & Track of the Wind)
  • The Garbage King Elizabeth Laird- Street children in South Africa
  • No Turning Back Beverley Naidoo- Street children in South Africa
  • Out of Bounds Beverley Naidoo - A collection of short stories - one from each decade of Apartheid, showing the gradual process of change in South Africa
  • Motherland Vineeta Vijayaraghavan - The story of a girl sent to India to explore possibilities for an arranged marriage.

Recommended age 14 to 16

  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Birdsong by Sebastian Faulkes
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes
  • Growing Yams in London; IPods in Accra by Sophia Acheampong
  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Doing It by Melvin Burgess
  • The Fault in Our Stars; Paper Towns by John Green
  • Turf by John Lucas
  • The One that Got Away by Chris Ryan