Reading List

Reading List

The following is a list of books which your child might enjoy.

Alex Rider Storm Breaker- Anthony Horowitz

Alex Rider aged fourteen becomes a secret agent, and a very good one at that. This is part of a series of Anthony Horowitz books and it has proven to be very popular. Get them hooked on this one and pretty soon they will have consumed the whole series.

Young Bond- Charlie Higson

In a similar vein to the Alex Rider books, although this time featuring the younger version of the world’s most famous spy.

When Did You See Her Last- Lemony Snicket

In the town of stain’d – by – the -sea Lemony Snicket has a new case. To find a missing girl.

Out of My Mind- Sharon Draper

Melody Brooks has the mind of an intelligent 11 year old stuck in a body made stiff by cerebral palsy.   A genuinely moving story.

The Number 7 Shirt- Alan Gibbons

For all those boys who would always rather be playing football. This is the story of a boy who dreams of becoming a football professional.

Arthur High King of Britain- Michael Morpurgo

An historical novel by the maestro Morpurgo. The Arthurian legend is heady mix of history and fantasy and has always been popular with children.

Young Merlin- Tony Bradman

More fantasy than fact. This is an exciting tale about Merlin, the most famous wizard in history.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase- Joan Aitken

Bonnie and Sylvia are left with Miss Slighcarp when their parents go on a sea voyage. Miss Slighcarp turns out to be a cruel trickster who wants the wealth of Willoughby Chase at all costs.

The One and Only Ivan- Katherine Applegate

Inspired by the true story of Ivan the captured gorilla. Ivan spent many years behind glass walls in a shopping centre and forgot all about his native habitat. A young elephant’s arrival forces him to think differently and see things differently.

The Iron Man- Ted Hughes

Not to be confused with the Marvel comic. Ted Hughes’  Iron Man is a metal giant who appears from nowhere and strikes fear initially into the local community.

The following is a selection of more advanced Classic Books for children.  These would be more suitable for children who already enjoy reading. These books may help your child develop skills to read books with more complex English.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The Lost World

The classic story of Ed Malone (journalist) and Professor Challenger (explorer) and their journey deep into South America where a lost world of dinosaurs awaits them. This is a really exciting adventure which children love.

Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

A true classic of children’s literature. The book features Mary Lennox (aged 10) and deals with her life as she moves from India ( on the death of her parents) to living with the uncle at Misselthwaite Manor.

C.S Lewis – Narnia Series

The most famous high fantasy children’s classic series. Starting with The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and continuing for seven books the action is based in the fictional realm of Narnia.

 Laura Ingalls Wilder – Little House on the Prairie

Based on Laura’s memories of her childhood these books have been firm favourites for years.

E. Nesbit – The Railway Children

The adventures of three children who are re-housed during the war. Their father is wrongly accused of being a spy and they join forces with an old man who they befriend to clear his name.

Mark Twain –  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Including Tom’s best friends Huck Finn and Joe Harper, this books follows Tom’s adventures in Missouri.

Mark Twain – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Another of Twain’s classic books. This one focusses on Huckleberry Finn and his adventures although also includes his friend Tom Sawyer.

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