Why Books?

• Act of reading builds imagination, vocabulary, empathy, knowledge
• People are impressed if you have read the book!
• Some of the best books do not have good film adaptations

Which Books?

Year 7 Recommended Reads

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
Themes: war, childhood, courage, responsibility

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Themes: courage, family, bereavement

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Themes: adventure, good versus evil, ADHD, dyslexia, Greek myths

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Themes: family, crime, outsiders, adventure

Matilda by Roald Dahl
Themes: family, neglect, books, education

Ink Heart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke
Themes: family, imagination, power of books

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis
Themes: good versus evil, family, temptation, environmental destruction

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
Themes: family, school, childhood, friendship, magic, good versus evil, adventure

The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Themes: adventure, good versus evil, responsibility, fantasy, magic

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Themes: adventure, childhood, friendship, racism

Wonder by R J Palacio
Themes: childhood, bullying, friendship, appearance

Year 8-9 Recommended Reads

Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Themes: inequality, poverty, government, courage, family, romance

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Themes: romance, family, friendship, illness

The Outsiders by SE Hinton
Themes: family, class, violence, courage, romance

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
Themes: friendship, fear, childhood, war, inequality

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines
Themes: childhood, poverty, family, isolation, bullying, school, animals, friendship

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Themes: childhood, family, war, inequality, prejudice

Northern Lights Series by Philip Pullman
Themes: science, travel, adventure, good versus evil, environmental destruction

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
Themes: war, friendship, family, childhood trauma, poverty

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D Taylor
Themes: race, inequality, education, family

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend
Themes: comedy, embarrassment, romance, being a teenager

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Themes: teenage experience, romance, war, family, childhood trauma

Noughts and Crosses Series by Malorie Blackman
Themes: romance, race, inequality, war, terrorism

Year 10 Recommended Reads

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
Themes: immigrant experience, London, gangs, family, childhood

1984 By George Orwell
Themes: government, freedom, surveillance culture

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah
Themes: gangs, crime, prejudice, disability, friendship

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Themes: war, refugees, childhood, freedom, sexual assault

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Themes: science, genetic modification, ambition, romance, family

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Themes: teenagers, violence, government, freedom

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Themes: isolation, fear, childhood, illness, romance

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Themes: race, inequality, sexual assault, family, law

Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Themes: identity, belonging, loss, teenage rebellion, romance

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Themes: class system, arranged marriage, romance, family

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Themes: class system, crime, romance, identity

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Themes: childhood, loneliness, relationships, romance, inequality, fear, mental health

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Themes: science, genetic modification, government, freedom



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