Recommended Reading

3 Steps to Choosing a Great Book


1.   Take your time. Whether you are in a Library or Bookshop, take time to browse.

2.   Listen to recommendations but be aware that everyone is different.

3.   Read the blurb and first paragraph. They are designed to hook you!

Year 7 and 8 Recommended Reading


The Earthsea Quartet - Ursula Le Guin

Frozen Fire - Tim Bowler

Holes - Louis Sachar

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle,

The Ruby In The Smoke - Philip Pullman,

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome,

Wolf Brother: Book 1 - Michelle Paver,

The Diary of a Young Girl -  Anne Frank,

Watership Down - Richard Adams,

Ostrich Boys - Keith Gray,  


Year 9 Recommended Reading


Tried and Tested modern classics from brilliant writers.


Across The Nightingale Floor: Book 1 - Lian Hearn

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer - Mark Twain

Black Rabbit Summer - Kevin Brooks

The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

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

Fade - Robert Cormier

The Long Patrol - Brian Jacques

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Northern Lights - Philip Pullman

Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman


Year 10 and 11 Recommended Reading List


A hard-hitting selection of great writing.


Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell - Suzanna Clarke

Junk - Melvin Burgess

Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway

Slam - Nick Hornby

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - John Le Carre

Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh