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)

Susan Nielson – Tremendous Things (Average) Read an Extract

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

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 Crime

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

Spring/Summer 2021

What She Found in the Woods Adventure

Book cover for 9781509836956 Frances Hardinge – Deeplight (Average) Read an Extract

Josephine Angelini - What she found in the Woods (Average) - Read an Extract,204,203,200_.jpg Patrick Ness – Burn (Average) Read an Extract

Nic Stone – Dear Justice (Easy) – Read an Extract,204,203,200_.jpg James Patterson – Hawk (Maximum Ride) (Easy)


Sara Holland – Phoenix Flame (Average)

Ciannon Smart – Witches Steeped in Gold (Average)

Jennifer Donnelly – Poisoned (Average) Read an Extract

Book cover for 9781509899456 Cassandra Clare – The Lost book of the White (Average)

Holly Black – The Queen of Nothing (Average)

S J Howard – The Traveller’s Stone (Easy)

Tomi Adeyemi – Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Average) Read an Extract

Sara Holland – Havenfall (Average) Read an Extract

Ransom Riggs – The Conference of Birds (Average) Read an Extract

Person's hand holding book logo, Cartoon Film Illustration, book, cdr,  comic Book, reading png | PNGWing Issues/Family/Friendships/Relationships,204,203,200_.jpg Dan Freedman – Unstoppable (Easy) Read an Extract

Media of Toffee Sarah Crossan – Toffee (Average) Read an Extract

Berlie Doherty – Deep Secret (Easy) Read an Extract

Lisa Williamson – All about Mia (Average) Read an Extract

Malorie Blackman – Crossfire (Average)

The Silent Stars Go By (Hardback) Holly Bourne – What Magic is this (Easy)

Furious Thing Sally Nicholls – The Silent Stars go by (Average) - Read an Extract

Sara Barnard – Goodbye, Perfect (Average) Read an Extract

Eve Ainsworth – Magpie (Average) Read an Extract

Jenny Downham – Furious Thing (Average) Read an Extract

Neal Shusterman – Game Changer (Average)

The Fountains of Silence Magpie History

Liz Kessler – When the World was Ours (Average)

Ruta Sepetys – The Fountains of Silence (Average)

Elizabeth Wein – The Enigma Game (Average) Read an Extract




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Fated Lauren James – The Starlight Watchmaker (Easy)

Lauren James – The Deep-Sea Duke (Easy)


Teri Terry – Fated (Average)

Suzanne Collins – The Ballad of Songbirds (Average),204,203,200_.jpg Sarah Waters – The Little Stranger (Challenging),204,203,200_.jpg Crime

Holly Black – Good Girl, Bad Blood (Average)

Penny Joelson – Things the Eye can’t see (Average)

Classics,204,203,200_.jpg Maya Angelou – I Know why the Caged Bird Sings (Challenging)

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: The international Classic and Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller (Virago Modern Classics) Charles Dickens – A Tale of Two Cities (Challenging)

George Orwell – 1984 (Average)

F Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Average)


Carol Ann Duffy – The Bees


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Tanya Landman – Jane Eyre: A retelling

A M Dassu – Boy Everywhere (War) – Read an Extract

Anthony McGowan – Lark (Adventure)

Small Town Hero Patrick Neate – Small Town Hero (Issues)

Cynthia Murphy – Last one to Die (Adventure) - Read an Extract



Lark Jane Eyre A Retelling Last One To Die (Paperback)