Each book in the reading list is allocated a number – 1 being an easy read and rising to 3, which is a more difficult read. There are a couple of 4’s for those who want to be stretched further. Please note that there are comments about the type of content as some books require a level of maturity from the reader. The aim is to try and read from a variety of different genres and build on the level of difficulty as you progress.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (1) an interesting and little known period in history, adventure, love, sadness
Gone by Michael Grant (1) a world where people over 16 disappear – can the children govern themselves?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (1) a captured SOE spy in WW2. Is she really betraying her friends?
Bog Child by Siobahn Dowd (1) set during the IRA hunger strikes, learn about this difficult part of Great Britain’s history
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (1) a book about coping with loss and sorrow and discovering yourself and love
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (1) should Mia fight to stay alive or should she give up?
I Was Here by Gayle Forman (1) Cody’s friend has committed suicide and, in trying to understand what happened, Cody ends up learning more about her friend and herself
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (1) a collection of tapes are sent in the post and they detail the reasons that led a girl to commit suicide
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin (1) who would throw acid in the face of the prettiest girl at school?
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (1) written in an engaging tone, an unusual tale of a controlling society and a questionable moon landing
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray (1) a group of boys struggle with the death of a friend
Street Duty, Case One, Knock Down by Chris Ould (1) teenage apprentice police officers
Heroic by Phil Earle (2) – what is it that makes you a hero?
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (2) – an unusual love story built on friendship
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (2) coping on an Indian Reserve and at a the local school outside the reserve
Love Hurts by Malorie Blackman et al (2) a collection of extracts from teen books centred around the theme of love. Ideal for readers who don’t stick with longer books and a good way to introduce new books and authors to readers
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (2) a dystopian future, exciting and adventurous, written in an unusual English style
Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys (2) how do you get of New Orleans when your mother is an unreliable prostitute but you love reading and education?
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill (2) not a difficult book to read, the story is set in a dystopian world where looks and weight rule the lives of girls.
Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (2) fantasy
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (2) sci-fi, fantasy
More Than This by Patrick Ness (2) hell on earth or a dystopian future?
The Seeing by Diane Hendry (2) post WW2, are there still Nazis in hiding? Can the little boy really see truth? Is exciting just plain dangerous?
What’s Up with Jody Barton by Hayley Long (2) teen sexuality, beautifully and amusingly written
Junk by Melvin Burgess (2) what happens when you run away from home and into drugs?
Tamar by Mal Peet (2) betrayal, love and jealousy, WW2, spies
Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman (2) written in verse, bullying, friendship
Being Billy by Phil Earle (2) Billy has lived in a care home for years and he is angry.
Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman (2) is the war really a noble conflict or is there something sinister about it?
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine (2) coping with a brother’s death and parent’s depression
Themba: A Boy Called Hope by Lutz van Dijk (2) South Africa: poverty, struggles, AIDS
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (2) a coming of age book, poignant and full of hope
Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught (3) the reality of schizophrenia
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick (3) the killing fields of Cambodia
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perriera (3) a teenage boy is sent to Guantanamo Bay
The Help by Katherine Stockett (4) 1960’s America and prejudice in the Southern States
Empire of the Sun by J G Ballard (4) life in a Japanese internment camp during WW2
Brighton Rock by Graham Green (4) gang troubles in Brighton
Q&A by Vikas Swarup (4) how does a slum child win a quiz show?
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (4) women in Afghanistan