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.



Recommended Reading List for KS3

Shadow Town: 1 The Chime Seekers    Spring/Summer 2022


Ross Welford – Into the Sideways World (Average)

Ross Montgomery – The Chime Seekers (Easy) Read an Extract

A Thunder of Monsters (Songs of Magic) Richard Lambert – Shadow Town (Average) – Read an Extract

Following Frankenstein The False Rose Catherine Bruton – Following Frankenstein (Easy)

Jakob Wegelius – The False Rose (Average) Read on Extract

Maggie Blue and the Dark World: Shortlisted for the 2021 COSTA Children's Book Award Kate Cotton - The Secret of Splint Hall (Easy)




The Soul Prophecy (The Soul Series, 2) The Wind Child S. A. Patrick – A Thunder of Monsters (Easy) – Read an Extract

Gabriela Houston – The Wind Child (Easy)

Chris Bradford – The Soul Prophecy (Average)

The Secret of Splint Hall by [Katie Cotton] Anna Goodall – Maggie Blue and the Dark World (Average) – Read an Extract

Brigid Kemmerer – Forging Silver into Stars (Average)

Aneesa Marufu – The Balloon Thief (Young Adult)

Elle McNicoll – Like A Charm (Easy) Read an Extract

Until the End (Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 15) Clementine Florentine The Merciless Ones (Gilded, 2) Namina Forna – The Merciless Ones (Average)

Derek Landy – Until the End (Challenging)

Akshaya Raman – The Ivory Key (Challenging) Read an Extract




Wrath,204,203,200_.jpg Issues/Family/Friendships/Relationships,204,203,200_.jpg Anne Fine – Aftershocks (Average) Read an Extract

Marcus Sedgwick – Wrath (Average)

Malcolm Duffy – Read Between the Lies (Average)

Rob Harrell – Wink (Average)

Wink Thief! Small Steps Louis Sachar – Small Steps (Average)

Malaorie Blackman – Thief (Average)

Jason Reynolds – When I was the Greatest (Young Adult)

Tasha Harrison – Clementine Florentine (Easy)

When I Was the Greatest When Shadows Fall Sita Brahmachari – When Shadows Fall (Challenging) - Read an Extract,204,203,200_.jpg Spark by [Mitch Johnson]

Tightrope Science Fiction

Mitch Johnson – Spark  (easy)



The Graveyard Book

Gracie Fairshaw and the Mysterious Guest The Wanderer Chillers/Thrillers

Cynthia Murphy – Win, Loose, Kill, Die (Young Adult)

The Boy Behind The Wall Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book (Average)

Josie Williams – The Wanderer (Young Adult)

Gillian Cross – Tightrope (Challenging)

Maximillian Jones – The Boy behind the Wall (Average) Read an Extract

Boy, Missing: World Book Day 2022 Sophie McKenzie- Boy Missing (Average)



The Magpie Society: Two for Joy (The Magpie Society, 2) Mystery

The Secret of Splint Hall Susan Brownrigg – Gracie Fairshaw and Trouble at the Tower (Easy) Read an Extract

Zoe Sugg – The Magpie Society: Two for Joy (Average)

Kate Cotton – The Secret of Splint hall (Easy)



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John Steinbeck – Of Mice and Men (Average)

John Wyndom – The Day of the Triffids (Average)

Catch-22 (Vintage Classics): Heller Joseph Robert Lewis Stevenson – Treasure Island (Average)

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Sally Nicolls – Out of the Rubble (Average)

When Fishes Flew: the stunning new 2021 children’s novel from master storyteller Michael Morpurgo When The War Came Home Out of the Rubble Lesley Parr – When the War came Home (Easy) Read an Extract

Michael Morpurgo – When Fishes Flew (Easy)




Anxiety and Wellbeing

The List of Things That Will Not Change Rebecca Stead – The List of Things that will not change

The Same Inside – Poetry Collection

It's OK Not to Be OK: A Guide to Wellbeing: 1 Dr. Tina Rae – It’s ok not to be ok

The Same Inside: Poems about Empathy and Friendship





Chris Riddell -Poems to Live your Life by Read an Extract

Carol Ann Duffy – New and Collected Poems for Children Read an Extract


Poems to Live Your Life By: Chosen and Illustrated by New and Collected Poems for Children: 1











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Recommended Reading List for KS4

Spring/Summer 2022

Lady Midnight: Cassandra Clare (The Dark Artifices Book 1) Witch: A dark and immersive debut about women, witchcraft and revenge,204,203,200_QL40_ML2_.jpg

Aneesa Marufu – The Balloon Thief (Young Adult)

Finbar Hawkins – Witch (Young Adult)

Cassandra Clare – Lady Midnight (Average) Read an Extract

Call Down the Hawk: The Dreamer Trilogy #1 The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) Patrick Ness – Burn (Average) Read an Extract

The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses) Holly Black – The Queen of Nothing (Young Adult)

Maggie Stiefvater – Call down the Hawk (Young Adult)

When I Was the Greatest Cassandra Clare – The Red Scrolls of Magic (Young Adult) Read an Extract


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Jason Reynolds – When I was the Greatest (Young Adult) Read an Extract

Shades of Scarlet Sue Divin – Truth be told (Average)

Danielle Jawando – When our Worlds Collided (Young Adult)

Anne Fine – Shades of Scarlet (Average) – Read an Extract

Julya Rabinowich – Me, in between (Young Adult) Read an Extract

Friends Like These How We Fall Apart