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.
Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie (1) what would you do if you thought you were the young girl on a missing persons’ website?
Let it Snow by John Green (1) three linked short stories with a Christmas and teen love theme
The Fall by Anthony McGowan (1) teen friendship decisions, dyslexic friendly
Some of Tim’s Stories by SE Hinton (1) Short, individual chapters. Beautiful writing.
Divergent by Veronica Roth (1) dystopian fantasy
The Outsiders by S E Hinton (1) gangs and adventure, but thought provoking too
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher (1) easy to read, amusingly written but sad and thought provoking too
You Don’t Know Me by David Klass (1) a difficult home life and struggles at school
Falling Fast by Sophie McKenzie (1) teen romance
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen by Susin Nielsen (1) bullying caused Henry’s brother to do something stupid and now Henry is paying the price
The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight by Jenny Valentine (1) a stolen identity, family secrets, a mystery disappearance
Control by Kim Curran (1) not a difficult read but read Shift first so it’s easier to follow the story
Gone by Michael Grant (1) all humans over the age of 16 disappear leaving children in charge
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai (2) a Sikh teenage boy is under to pressure to enter into an arranged marriage at seventeen
Say Her Name by James Dawson (2) not a hard read but very scary
Lottie Biggs is (Not) Mad by Hayley Long (2) funny, amusing and heart wrenching
The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby: After iris by Natasha Farrant (2) a dysfunctional family copes with the loss of a child
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy (2) should child murderers be allowed a new life? A straightforward read that is a fantastic basis for discussions
Illegal, Hidden and Stuffed by Miriam Halahmy (2) tough subjects, strong characters, plenty to think about
The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis (2) a young boy learns to cope with fear and anger
The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning (2) will appeal to those interested in fashion, fun but makes you think too
Torn by David Massey (2) the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of a young, female, army medic – mystery and trauma and a smattering of romance
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (2) an interesting and little known period in history, adventure, love, sadness
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2) a captured SOE spy in WW2. Is she really betraying her friends?
Bog Child by Siobahn Dowd (2) set during the IRA hunger strikes, learn about this difficult part of Great Britain’s history
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (2) should Mia fight to stay alive or should she give up?
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2) a collection of tapes are sent in the post and they detail the reasons that led a girl to commit suicide
Boys Don’t Knit by Tom Easton (2) a book to make you laugh and think
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin (2) who would throw acid in the face of the prettiest girl at school?
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (2) written in an engaging tone, an unusual tale of a controlling society and a questionable moon landing
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray (2) a group of boys struggle with the death of a friend
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (2) the settlement of the whites in America
Heroic by Phil Earle (2) – what is it that makes you a hero?
The Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman (2) – a challenging dystopian novel
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (2) a dystopian future, exciting and adventurous, written in an unusual English style
Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater (2) fantasy
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (2) sci-fi, fantasy
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
Tamar by Mal Peet (3) betrayal, love and jealousy, WW2, spies
The Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta (3) dystopian future where water is scarce
We Were Liars by E.Lockhart (3) a privileged family is hit by tragedy
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (3) the horrors of WW2 concentration camps
All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry (3) a historical love story
Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman (3) written in verse, bullying, friendship
Being Billy by Phil Earle (3) Billy has lived in a care home for years and he is angry.
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer (3) a group of teenagers trying to come to terms with a personal trauma are helped by a charismatic English teacher and the work of Sylvia Plath
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine (3) coping with a brother’s death and parent’s depression
Themba: A Boy Called Hope by Lutz van Dijk (3) South Africa: poverty, struggles, AIDS
Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught (3) the reality of schizophrenia
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick (3) the killing fields of Cambodia
The Wall by William Sutcliffe (3) not a difficult read but a subject that benefits from maturity
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perriera (4) 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