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






Classic titles



Little Women

Louise May Alcott


The Jade Boy

Cate Cain c

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austen



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




Sharon Dogar c

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte



Berlie Doherty c

The Secret Garden

F.H Burnett



Paul Dowsell

Tarzan of the Apes

Edgar Rice Burroughs


Eleven Eleven

Paul Dowsell c


Edgar Rice Burroughs


Fallen Grace

Mary Hooper c

Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe



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


Sir Walter Scott


Code Name Verity

Elizabeth Wein c

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell


Rose Under Fire

Elizabeth Wein

School for Scandal

Richard Brinsley Sheridan




Johanna Spyri



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


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


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



Constable and Toop

Gareth P. Jones c

Simon Armitage

Kathleen Jamie


The Returners

Gemma Malley c

William Blake

Philip Larkin



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



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



Niel Bushnell

Coram Boy

Jamila Gavin



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


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



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



Angie Sage


Melvyn Burgess


The Bone Season

Samantha Shannon

Winter Damage

Natasha Carthew c


The Wall

William Sutcliffe c

Dead Time

Anne Cassidy c



G.P. Taylor

The Ghost Bride

Yangsze Choo c



L.A. Weatherly


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


Claire McFall c


After Iris

Natasha Farrant

The Fool’s Girl

Celia Rees c



G.R. Gemin c

The Cloud Hunters

Alex Shearer c



Chrissie Keighery

Out of Shadows

Jason Wallace c



Erin Lange



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



Alan Gibbons

The White Darkness

Geraldine McCaughrean c



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



Benjamin Zephaniah


Katherine Rundell c





Louis Sachar