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Recommended Reads

Recommended Reads

These books are recommended for your son to read at home. Reading for pleasure at home will increase vocabulary, creative imagination and reading speed.

They are a mix of books ranging from Year 7 to GCSE. Check the age of the book before recommending to your son.

 All of these books, and more, can be accessed through the school iPad club on Moodle. Your son can write a book review and share it with other pupils on the Reading Forum.

Book Title Author
Shadow of the Minotaur (fiction (fantasy) Alan Gibbons
The Diary of a Young Girl (non-fiction) autobiography (historical/war) Anne Frank
Stormbreaker(fiction (spy thriller) Anthony Horowitz
Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series (fiction/detective/crime) Arthur Conan Doyle
Dracula (classical fiction) curriculum (historical/horror) Bram Stoker
A Christmas Carol  (Classic fiction) class reader/GCSE Charles Dickens
Great Expectations (classic fiction) Charles Dickens
Oliver Twist (fiction) Curriculum/ Class Reader (historical) Charles Dickens 
The Chronicles of Narnia (complete Collection) CS Lewis
Robinson Crusoe (classic fiction) Daniel Defoe
Cirque Du Freak  (fiction) (fantasy) Darren Shan
Billionaire Boy (fiction) quick read (humour)  David Walliams
DNA (fiction/theatre) Dennis Kelly
Dark Days, Skulduggery Pleasant (fiction) (fantasy)  Derek Landy
Mortal Coil,  Skulduggery Pleasant (fiction) (fantasy)  Derek Landy
Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox (Children's Fiction) Eoin Colfer
The Great Gatsby (fiction) curriculum (romantic drama) F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Secret Garden (classic fiction) Frances Hodgson Burnett
Horrid Henry’s Revenge (fiction) quick read (humour)  Francesca Simon
Millions (fiction) quick read (humour) Frank Cottrell Boyce
Silas Marner ( Classic fiction) curriculum (historical drama) George Eliot
1984 (Fiction/fantasy) George Orwell
Animal Farm (fiction) GCSE (fantasy/fable) George Orwell
Guinness World Records (2012) (non-fiction) (Facts & Information) Guiness
Guinness World Records (2012) Gamers Edition (non-fiction) Guiness
Guinness World Records (2013) (non-fiction) (Facts & Information) Guiness
The War of the Worlds (science fiction) H G Wells
The Hobbit (fiction) (fantasy) J R  R Tolkien
The Lord of the Rings (collection) (fiction) (Fantasy) J R  R Tolkien
An Inspector Calls  (play) GCSE (drama) J. B. Priestley
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (fiction/children & teens) Jeff Kinney
The hundred mile an hour dog (fiction) quick read (humour) Jeremy Strong
The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (fiction) class reader (war/tragedy) John Boyne 
Of Mice And Men (fiction) GCSE (drama) John Steinbeck
Gullivers Travels (classic fiction) Jonathan Swift
Martyn Pig (fiction) GCSE (mystery/drama) Kevin Brooks 
Mister Pip  (fiction) curriculum (drama) Kevin Brooks 
My Swordhand is Singing (fiction) class reader (historical fantasy) Marcus Sedgwick
The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night Time  (fiction) Mark Haddon
Frankenstein (classical fiction) curriculum (historical/horror) Mary Shelley 
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (non-fiction, autobiography) Maya Angelou
Private Peaceful (fiction) class reader (historical war drama) Michael Morpurgo
War Horse (fiction) class reader (historical war drama) Michael Morpurgo
Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth (fiction) Rick Riordan
BFG (fiction) (fantasy) Roald Dahl
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (fiction) (fantasy) Roald Dahl
Fantastic Mr Fox (fiction) (fantasy) Roald Dahl
James and the Giant Peach ( fiction) (fantasy) Roald Dahl
Matilda (fiction) (fantasy) Roald Dahl
The Twits (fiction) (fantasy)  Roald Dahl
The Witches (fiction) (fantasy) Roald Dahl
The Strange case of Dr Jekyll (classic fiction) Robert Louis Stevenson
Stone Cold (fiction) Curriculum (drama) Robert Swindells
Twilight  (fiction) (horror) Stephanie Meyer 
The Woman In Black (play) curriculum (historical/ghost story/horror) Susan Hill
Catching Fire (fiction) class reader (Science fiction) Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay (fiction) class reader (Science fiction) Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (fiction) class reader (Science fiction) Suzanne Collins
Divided City (fiction) Curriculum/class reader (drama/racism) T Breslin 
Tess of the d'Urbervilles (classic fiction) Thomas Hardy
Lord of the Flies (GCSE) William Golding


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