Reading Lists

We encourage students to read widely both from these lists and from a variety of books of their own choice.

It is a great help to students if they have access to their own dictionary and thesaurus.

suggested reading list for ks3 and ks4

  • 1984 – George Orwell
  • A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Atonement – Ian McEwen
  • Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks
  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  • Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  • The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  • Coraline - Neil Gaiman
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
  • David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • The Enemy - Charlie Higson
  • Enigma – Robert Harris
  • Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
  • The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
  • The Great Gatsby – F.Scott Fitzgerlad
  • Gone - Michael Grant
  • Guantanamo Boy - Anna Perera
  • Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • How I Live Now - Meg Rossof
  • The Hunger Games - Susanne Collins
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell – Susanna Clarke
  • Junk – Melvin Burgess
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  • Maze Runner - James Dashner
  • Northern Lights / The Subtle Knife/ The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
  • Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
  • Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
  • Notes from a Small Island – Bill Bryson
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • Outsiders - S.E.Hinton
  • The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  • Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier
  • Reckless - Cornelia Funke
  • Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah
  • The Road – Cormac McArthy
  • SilverFin, Young Bond - Charlie Higson
  • Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • Touching the Void – Joe Simpson
  • The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
  • The War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
  • The Wasp Factory – Ian Banks
  • Ways to Live Forever - Sally Nichols
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • Woman in Black – Susan Hill
  • The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins
  • Wonder - R.J Palacio