As Year 8 students you will be reading even more challenging plays, novels and poems during curriculum time. The reading list below should help you prepare for effectively for the next level of academic challenge.

Try to read as many classic titles listed below as you can. 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 new English teacher. Below are some suggestions. These include titles for a range of reading abilities, so there is something for everyone. Best of all, these books are all free to borrow on RM books. See below for details on how to access these. Have fun and keep reading!

Miss Victor, Head of English

Classic titles suggestions:

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

Peter Pan J.M Barrie

Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L Frank Baum

Oliver Twist Charles Dickens

The War of the Worlds H.G Wells

Black Beauty Anna Sewell

Dracula Bram Stoker

Anne of Green Gables L.M Montgomery

The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The Railway Children E. Nesbitt

Poems Wilfred Owens

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

Poems Every Child Should Know The What-Every-Child-Should-Know-Library

A Child’s Garden of Verses Robert Louis Stevenson

Poems W.B Yeats

A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare

The Canterbury Tales and other poems Geoffrey Chaucher

The Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle

The Pied Piper of Hamelin Robert Browning

Songs of Innocence and Experience William Blake

The Tempest William Shakespeare

Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

The Hound of the Baskervilles Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Accessing free books on RM books (on PC, tablet, smart phone etc)

1. Google ‘RM unify’

2. Type in student email and password

3. Click on RM books in top, left hand corner

4. Click on ‘school library’ tab