Spring Term 2015

Your reading list for this term is based on titles that were nominated, shortlisted or finalists of the Carnegie award in 2014. The prestigious carnegie awardCarnegie award recognises outstanding authors of children’s literature every year and the winner in 2014 was The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks.

In order for an author to be nominated for the award, they have to have written a book enjoyed by many and recognised by judges as being important for children. It is often described by authors and illustrators as ‘the one they want to win’ – they are the gold standard in children’s literature. There are copies of all the below titles in the library.

We will be taking part in the Carnegie school project at the end of the spring term, when the 2015 nominations will be announced. Working your way through this reading list will prepare you well for some exciting challenge ahead.

Remember, if you read a book and write a detailed review on it, you will be rewarded with 10 house points. Please hand all completed reviews to your English teacher.


Miss Victor, Head of English


Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond 

All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry 

The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks 

The Child’s Elephant by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross 

Heroicby Phil Earle 

Blood Family by Anne Fine 

Infinite Sky by C. J. Flood 

Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn 

Monkey Wars by Richard Kurti 

Hostage Threeby Nick Lake 

The Positively Last Performance by Geraldine McCaughrean 

Brockby Anthony McGowan 

Binny for Short by Hilary McKay 

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal 

Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher 

Rooftoppersby Katherine Rundell 

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

The Wall by William Sutcliffe

Trash by Andy Mulligan

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Walker

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Between Shades of Grey By Ruta Sepetys

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

In Darkness by Nick Lake

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein