Year 7 (ages 11-12) Suggested Reading List

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 and a couple are actually recommended for age 13+ on the website. The aim is to try and read from a variety of different genres and build on the level of difficulty as you progress.

For reluctant readers who struggle to finish books:

Mortal Chaos by Matt Dickinson (1)
Mortal Chaos Deep Oblivion by Matt Dickinson (1)
Mortal Chaos Speed Freaks by Matt Dickinson (1)
Jimmy Coates: Killer by Joe Craig (1)
These books have short chapters and fast paced action

The Week – weekly magazine for adults about current affairs. Short and long articles covering topics in the news with analysis. (3)
All About History – monthly magazine suitable for teenagers interested in history, colourful and interesting (2)

A Selection of Books

Mortal Engine by Philip Reeve (2) – a good follow on from Harry Potter
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens (2) – Agatha Christie for young teens
Young Sherlock by Andrew Lane (2) – Sherlock Holmes as a teenager
Brave New Girl by Catherine Johnson (2) – growing up, coping with changing friendships
Stay Where You Are and Then Leave by John Boyne (2) – WW1 and its effects seen through the eyes of a young boy
Itch Rocks by Simon Mayo (2) – science and adventure
Bob: No Ordinary Cat by James Bowen (2) the true story of how a ginger tom cat helped James sort out his life
Scorpio Races by Maggie Steifvater (2) – includes fantasy
Soldier Dog by Sam Angus (2) – WW1 using dogs as messengers
A Beautiful Lie by Irfan Master (2) – the split of Pakistan from India through a child’s eyes
One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John – (2) against all odds story, horse lovers
Bodyguard:Hostage by Chris Bradford (2) teenage bodyguards are in demand to protest the young and famous
Smart by Kim Slater (2) similar to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time but for a slightly younger audience
Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver (2) – historical, Bronze Age Greece
Poppy by Mary Hooper (2) WW1 on the home front
Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace (2) – Zimbabwe as Mugabe comes to power, sad. This is a tough story line and has an age recommendation on the website of 13+ so please bear this in mind.
After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross (2) – dystopian future, England is bankrupt, food is scarce, living in a refugee camp in France is the only option
The Bell Between Worlds by Ian Johnstone (2) – an epic fantasy adventure
Throne of Glass by S J Maas (2) – action, fantasy, fast paced
A Court of Thorns and Roses by S J Maas (2) – for lovers of fantasy, with echoes of Beauty and the Beast
Once, Then, Now, After by Maurice Gleitzman (2) – WW2 seen through the eyes of a child, harrowing
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (2) – understanding the emotions you feel when a loved one is dying
Peak by Roland Smith (2) – action, climbing
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (2) – future world/fantasy
Trash by Andy Mulligan (2) – set in Brazil
Meta Wars by Jeff Norton (2) – future world, computers
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (2) – books lovers, fantasy
Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell (2) – the most beautiful, lyrical language
Maze Runner by James Dashner (2) – future world
Dead Time by Anne Cassidy (2) – mystery
Girl Missing by Sophie McKenzie (2) – mystery, a good author to diversify if your child only reads Jacqueline Wilson
Split Second by Sophie McKenzie (2) – a dystopian future where extremists plant bombs and teenagers find themselves drawn into the terror
The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell Johnston (2) an orphan elephant and life in the African bush
The Bubble Wrap Boy by Phil Earle (2) – funny and poignant, the story of a boy wants to be good at something
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman (3) imagining a world where white people are the underclass, excellently written. Please note this has a 13+ age recommendation on the website as the story line covers some tough topics.
My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher (3) – dealing with a tragedy and is recommended for age 13+ on the website as the story line is tough
She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick (3) – thought provoking adventure story
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff (3) – discovering that grown-ups don’t always know what they are doing
Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth (3) – future world, post war, action
All Fall Down by Sally Nicholls (3) – set at the time of the Great Plague, this is a fascinating, interesting and informative story
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar (3) – funny/sad, difficult child adapting to school
Close Your Pretty Eyes by Sally Nicholls (3) – moving from foster home to foster home is not easy, especially when you have been scarred by rejection
Northern Lights series by Philip Pullman (4) – fantasy, questions life, beautifully written

Some Classics

Bridge to Terrabithia by Katherine Patterson (2)
Toms Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce (2)
The Secret Garden By Frances Hodgson Burnett (2)
The Outsiders by S E Hinton (3)
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (3)
Call of the Wild by Jack London (3)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (4)

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