Spring term 2015

You have impressed your English teachers throughout last term with some of your reading choices. As Year 8 continues you will be reading even more challenging plays, novels and poems during curriculum time. The reading list below should help to continue to support you with the growing level of academic challenge in English. However, more importantly they are simply excellent reads which we hope you will enjoy.

Try to read as many of the 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 English teacher. Below are some suggestions which this term have been organised by genre.  These include titles for a range of reading abilities, so there is something for everyone.

Have fun and keep reading!

Miss Victor.

Head of English


Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo

Sweet Clarinet – James Riordan

Roman Mysteries – Caroline Lawrence

Tiger, Tiger – Lynne Reid Banks

Pompeii – Robert Harris

Petals in the Ashes – Mary Hooper

I Coriander – Sally Gardner

No Shame, No Fear – Ann Turnbull

Teen Girl

Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen – Dyan Sheldon

Saffy’s Angel – Hilary Mckay

Mates, Dates… – Cathy Hopkins

Skinny Melon and Me – Jean Ure

Georgia Nicholson series – Louise Rennison

What a Week to Make A Stand etc – Rosie Rushton

Feeling Sorry for Celia; Finding Cassie Crazy – Jaclyn Moriarty

Bhangra Babes – Narinder Dhami

Freaky Friday – Mary Rogers

The Princess Diaries; Missing series; The Mediator series – Meg Cabot


Swiss Family Robinson – J.D. Weiss

The Borrowers – Mary Norton

Five Children and It – E. Nesbit

Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery

Little Women – Louisa M. Alcott

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte 


Deptford Histories etc – Robin Jarvis

The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett

Watership Down – Richard Adams

Lion Boy – Zizou Corder

Redwall Series – Brian Jacques

My Family and Other Animals – Gerald Durrell


Skinny Melon and Me – Jean Ure

Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling

Biography-Personal Stories-Real Life- Other Cultures

A Small Person Far Away; When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen Mah

Boy – Roald Dahl

A Child Called ‘It’ – Dave Pelzer

Garbage King – Elizabeth Laird

Fire Eaters – David Almond

Martyn Pig – Kevin Brooks

I am David – Anne Holm

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night­time – Mark Haddon

Detective Stories

The Body in the Library etc – Agatha Christie

The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart series) – Philip Pullman

Montmorency – Eleanor Updale


Wicca – Cate Tiernan

The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray – Chris Wooding

Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

The Saga of Darren Shan – Darren Shan

Other Worlds- Fantasy

Moon Riders – Teresa Tomlinson

Cry of the Icemark – Stuart Hill

The Blade of Fire – Stuart Hill

Stravaganza Series – Mary Hoffman

His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

The Edge Chronicles – Chris Stewart & Philip Riddell

The Goosegirl – Shannon Hale

Eragon – Christopher Paolini

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket

Shadowmancer – G.P. Taylor

Mr Monday; Sabriel – Garth Nix

The Supernaturalist – Eoin Colfer


Georgia Nicholson Series – Louise Rennison

Millions – Frank Cottrell Boyce


Gone series – Michael Grant

Raven’s Gate series – Anthony Horowitz

The Devil’s Breath – David Gilman