Recommended Reads

This page contains details of the books we highly recommend for students and parents.

While it is obviously not compulsory for parents to read the books, we suggest that it provides a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate a reading habit and to share the experience with your child.

Please note, these books are listed by reading age, not chronological age.

Click here to download a PDF of the entire list, or see below for individual reading ages.


Reading Ages 6 - 8

The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Clockwork by Phillip Pullman

I Was a Rat! By Phillip Pullman

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Pretty Polly by Dick King-Smith

Charlotte’s Web by E.B White

Reading Ages 9 -10

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Chronicles of Narnia by C S Lewis

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Five Children and It by E Nesbit

Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

Street Child by Berlie Doherty

The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson

The Harry Potter Series by J K Rowling

Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Holes by Louis Sachar

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

Reading Ages 11-12

Skellig by David Almond

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 

The Borrowers by Mary Norton

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman

The Railway Children by E Nesbit

Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

Heroes by Robert Cormier

Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

Reading Age 13+

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

Forever by Judy Blume

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

I am David by Anne Holm

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Wonder by RJ Palacio

The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

Animal Farm by George Orwell

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

What I Was by Meg Rosoff

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

A Pure Swift Cry by Siobhan Dowd

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman

Reading Age 15+

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

1984 by George Orwell

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Atonement by Ian McEwan

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

A Room with a View by EM Forster

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller