The Importance of Reading

Reading boosts imagination and creativity, is essential for success, and gives us a better understanding of the world around us.  The more you read, the more you understand.


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Recommended Reading List for KS3

Paradise on Fire Autumn/Winter 2021


The Great Dream Robbery Jewell Parker Rhodes – Paradise on Fire (Average) Read an Extract

Rainbow Rowell – Any way the Wind Blows (Young Adult)

Greg James – The Great Dream Robbery (Easy),204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg Michelle Paver – Skin Taker (Easy) Read an Extract

Robin Scott-Elliott – Hide & Seek (Average),204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg Fantasy

Chris Bradford – The Soul Prophecy (Average)

Sarah J. Dodd – Keeper of Secrets (Easy)

Rise of the Shadow Dragons: 2 (Legends of the Sky) David Farr – The Book of Stolen Dreams (Average)

David Almond – Bone Music (Average)

Philip Reeve – Utterley Dark and the Face of the Deep (Easy)

Eoin Colfer – Deny all Charges (Average) Bone Music


Issues/Family/Friendships/Relationships,204,203,200_.jpg William Sutcliffe – The Summer we turned Green (Average),204,203,200_.jpg Charlie Higson – Worst Holiday Ever (Average) Read an Extract

Marcus Rashford – You are a Champion (Average) Read an Extract

Susan Neilson – Tremendous Things (Average) Read an Extract

Holly Smale – Love Me Not (Young Adult),204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg Jason Cockcroft – We were Wolves (Young Adult)

Sita Brahmachari – Artichoke Hearts (Average)

Pam Smy – The Hideaway (Average) Read an Extract

Natalie Gomes – After the Rain (Young Adult)

Holly Bourne – The Yearbook (Average),204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg,204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg


Alex Wheatle – Cane Warriors (Challenging)

Phil Earle – When the Sky Falls (Average) Read and Extract

Joanna Nadin – No Man’s Land (Average),204,203,200_.jpg


Science Fiction

Darren Simpson – The Memory Thieves (Average)

Hide and Secrets: The blockbuster thriller from million-copy bestselling Sophie McKenzie Femi Fadugba – The Upper World (Average) Read an Extract

Emma Carroll – The Week at World’s End (Average)

Polly Ho-Yen – How I saved the World in a Week (Average)



The Week at World's End Sophie Mackensie – Hide and Secrets (Average) Read an Extract

Yvette Fielding – The House in the Woods (Average) Read an Extract

Tom's Midnight Garden


Marcus Sedgwick – Dark Peak (Easy)



Dark Peak (Super-readable Rollercoasters) Philippa Pearce – Tom’s Midnight Garden (Average),204,203,200_.jpg Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol (Average)

William Golding – Lord of the Flies (Average)

George Orwell – Animal Farm (Average)


Quick Reads

Black Brother, Black Brother by [Jewell Parker Rhodes] Jewell Parker Rhodes – Black Brother, Black Brother (Issues)

Paul Jennings – A Different Dog (Issues),204,203,200_.jpg Tom Palmer – Defenders Pitch Invasion (Football)

Chris Priestley – Flesh & Blood (Horror) -

Siobhan Dowd – The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

Stephen Davies – Chessboxer (Issues),204,203,200_.jpg,204,203,200_.jpg,204,203,200_.jpg,204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg










Recommended Reading List for KS4

Autumn/Winter 2021




We Were Wolves (Hardback) Witches Steeped in Gold (Paperback) This Poison Heart (Paperback) Kalynn Bayron – This Poison Heart (Young Adult) Average

Jason Cockcroft – We were Wolves - Easy

Ciannon Smart – Witches Steeped in Gold (Young Adult) Read an Extract

Cassandra Clare – Lady Midnight (Average)

Rose Edwards – The Ember Days (Average)

The Ember Days (Paperback) Lady Midnight - The Dark Artifices 1 (Hardback) Lionheart Girl (Hardback) Brigid Kemmerer – Defy the Night (Young Adult) Read an Extract

Jessie Burton – Medusa (Challenging) Read an Extract

Yaba Badoe– Lionheart Girl (Young Adult) Read an Extract


Destination Anywhere (Paperback) Issues/Family/Friendships/Relationships

Sara Barnard – Destination Anywhere (Young Adult)

Sally Nicholls – The Silent Stars go by (Young Adult) Read an Extract

Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock – Everyone dies famous in a small town (Young Adult)

Sara Barnard – Fierce Fragile Hearts (Young Adult) - Read an Extract

This Is My Truth (Paperback) Splinters of Sunshine: Signed Edition (Paperback)

Stay Another Day (Paperback) Patrice Lawrence – Splinters of Sunshine (Average)

Juno Dawson – Stay another Day (Average)

Yasmin Rahman – This is my Truth (Average) Read an Extract

Tamsin Winter – Girl (In real Life) (Easy) Read an Extract

Know My Place (Paperback) Natalie Gomes – After the Rain (Young Adult) Read an Extract

The Fountains of Silence (Paperback) Pirates! (Paperback) Eve Ainsworth – Know my Place (Average) Read an Extract



Celia Rees – Pirates (Average) Read an Extract

Elen Caldecott – The Short Knife (Average) Read an Extract

Three Bullets - Ruled Britannia (Hardback) Giften (Paperback) Ruta Sepetys – The Fountain of Silence (Average) Read an Extract



Leyla Suzan – Giften (Average) Read an Extract

Melvin Burgess – Three Bullets (Young Adult) Read an Extract