RM books is a fantastic website with a wide variety of electronic books available for students to read on iPads, phones or computers. Many of the books below are free for students and can be accessed via RM Unify by using their school login details. An added benefit for the English Department is we can then monitor reading habits and how much individual students are reading. Please find a recommended reading list below with titles available on RM books. Please do encourage students to use this list and website at home to help promote reading over the term ahead! Carnegie nominated authors are shown with a ‘c’.

Liz Victor, Head of English

Suggested reading list

Title

Author 

 

Title

Author 

Classic titles

 

History

Little Women

Louise May Alcott

 

The Jade Boy

Cate Cain c

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen

 

VIII

H.M. Castor c

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

 

Al Capone Does My Shirts

Gennifer Choldenko c

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen

 

The Broken Road

B.R. Collins c

The Coral Island

R.M.Ballantyne

 

Annexed

Sharon Dogar c

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

 

Treason

Berlie Doherty c

The Secret Garden

F.H Burnett

 

Auslander

Paul Dowsell

Tarzan of the Apes

Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

Eleven Eleven

Paul Dowsell c

Pellucidar

Edgar Rice Burroughs

 

Fallen Grace

Mary Hooper c

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe

 

Velvet

Mary Hooper

David Copperfield

Charles Dickens

 

The Girl in the Mask

Mary-Louise Jenson

The Pickwick Papers

Charles Dickens

 

After You’ve Gone

Joan Lingard

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

 

The Call of the Wild

Jack London

Oliver Twist

Charles Dickens

 

Just Henry

Michelle Magorian

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

Run Rabbit Run

Barbara Mitchelhill c

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

War Horse

Michael Morpurgo c

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

 

The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

The History of Tom Jones

Henry Fielding

 

Song Hunter

Sally Prue c

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

 

Witch Child

Celia Rees

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

 

Sword of Light

Katherine Roberts c

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery

 

The Eagle of the Ninth

Rosemary Sutcliffe

Anne of Avonlea

L.M. Montgomery

 

A World Between Us

Lydia Syson c

The Railway Children

E. Nesbit

 

Out of Shadows

Jason Wallace c

Ivanhoe

Sir Walter Scott

 

Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein c

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

 

Rose Under Fire

Elizabeth Wein

School for Scandal

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 

Crime/Thriller/Horror

Heidi

Johanna Spyri

 

Pastworld

Ian Beck c

Tristram Shandy

Laurence Sterne

 

Drive By

Jim Carrington

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

R.L. Stevenson

 

Finding Jennifer Jones

Anne Cassidy c

Treasure Island

R.L. Stevenson

 

Tyme’s End

B.R. Collins c

Dracula

Bram Stoker

 

Say Her Name

James Dawson c

20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Jules Verne

 

Ways to See a Ghost

Emily Diamond c

The War of the Worlds

H.G. Wells

 

The Everest Files

Matt Dickinson c

William Shakespeare

 

The Company of Ghosts

Berlie Doherty c

King Richard III

Much Ado About Nothing

 

Mind Blind

Lari Don c

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

 

Sektion 20

Paul Dowswell c

The Merchant of Venice

The Tempest

 

Twelve Minutes to Midnight

Christopher Edge

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

   

The Graveyard Book

Neil Gaiman c

Poets

 

Constable and Toop

Gareth P. Jones c

Simon Armitage

Kathleen Jamie

 

The Returners

Gemma Malley c

William Blake

Philip Larkin

 

Mortlock

Jon Mayhew

Robert Browning

Roger McGough

 

Street Duty: Knock Down

Chris Ould

John Clare

Edwin Morgan

 

Mister. Creecher

Chris Priestley c

T.S. Eliot

Wilfred Owen

 

The Dead of Winter

Chris Priestley c

Lavinia Greenlaw

Alexander Pope

 

This is Not Forgiveness

Celia Rees c

Seamus Heaney

Derek Walcott

 

Among the Hoods

Harriet Sergeant

Ted Hughes

WB Yeats

 

The Savages

Matt Whyman c

Seminal World Literature

 

Fantasy/Sci-fi

My Antonia

Willa Cather

 

Hollow Earth

John and Carol Barrowman

Where I Belong

Gillian Cross

 

The Claws of Evil

Andrew Beasley c

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

Sorrowline

Niel Bushnell

Coram Boy

Jamila Gavin

 

Gamerunner

B.R. Collins

The Conservationist

Nadine Gordimer

 

The Great Unexpected

Sharon Creech c

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Victor Hugo

 

The Unfinished Angel

Sharon Creech c

Ulysses

James Joyce

 

After Tomorrow

Gillian Cross c

The Middle of Nowhere

Geraldine McCaughrean c

 

Fortunately the Milk…

Neil Gaiman c

Sun Time Snow Time (Poems)

Grace Nichols

 

The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge c

The Night Run

Bali Rai

 

Stravaganza (series)

Mary Hoffman

Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift

 

Underworld

Cathy MacPhail

The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

 

The Declaration

Gemma Malley c

The Adventure of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

 

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Phillipa Pearce c

Around the World in 80 Days

Jules Verne

 

Burn Mark

Laura Powell c

Refugee Boy

Benjamin Zepheniah

 

The Battle of the Sun

Jeanette Winterson c

Books for 14+ Readers

 

Larklight Trilogy

Philip Reeve

All the Truth That’s In Me

Julie Berry c

 

Magyk

Angie Sage

Bloodtide

Melvyn Burgess

 

The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon

Winter Damage

Natasha Carthew c

 

The Wall

William Sutcliffe c

Dead Time

Anne Cassidy c

 

Shadowmancer

G.P. Taylor

The Ghost Bride

Yangsze Choo c

 

Angel

L.A. Weatherly

Breathe

Sarah Crossan c

 

Family/Real Life Issues/Coming of Age

Boys Don’t Knit

T.S. Easton c

 

River Boy

Tim Bowler c

The Things We Did For Love

Natasha Farrant c

 

Walking Naked

Alyssa Brugman

Maggot Moon

Sally Gardner c

 

We Can Be Heroes

Catherine Bruton

Hostage Three

Nick Lake c

 

Anthem for Jackson Dawes

Celia Bryce c

In Darkness

Nick Lake c

 

Swim the Fly

Don Calame

We Were Liars

E. Lockhart c

 

Inside my Head

Jim Carrington c

Throne of Glass

Sarah J Maas

 

The Boy on the Porch

Sharon Creech c

Red Ink

Julie Mayhew c

 

The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossman c

Ferryman

Claire McFall c

 

After Iris

Natasha Farrant

The Fool’s Girl

Celia Rees c

 

Cowgirl

G.R. Gemin c

The Cloud Hunters

Alex Shearer c

 

Whisper

Chrissie Keighery

Out of Shadows

Jason Wallace c

 

Butter

Erin Lange

Mystery/Adventure/Action

 

Everybody Jam

Ali Lewis c

Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy

Andy Briggs

 

The Cardturner

Louis Sachar c

The Girl Who Walks On Air

Emma Carroll c

 

Liar and Spy

Rebecca Stead c

Mortal Chaos

Matt Dickinson c

 

Don’t Pick on Me

Rosemary Stones

Monkey and Me

David Gilman c

 

A Boy Called Hope

Lara Williamson

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

 

The Lucy Variations

Sarah Zarr

Paper Towns

John Green

 

Short Stories

Sky Hawk

Gill Lewis c

 

Lone Wolf

Alan Gibbons

The Accidental Time Traveller

Janice Mackay

 

Gladiator

Alan Gibbons

The White Darkness

Geraldine McCaughrean c

 

Spies

Mike Gould

Tall Tales from Pitch End

Nigel McDowell c

 

Point Danger

Cathy MacPhail

The Apothecary

Maile Meloy c

 

The Ice Man

Alan Parkinson

The River Singers

Tom Moorhouse c

 

Liam

Benjamin Zephaniah

Rooftoppers

Katherine Rundell c

 

 

 

Holes

Louis Sachar