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Recommended Reading

To help you find great books to read Mrs Pearce has put together an amazing recommended reading list broken down into areas of interest. 

What to read next? General History

Catherine Called Birdy – Karen Cushman (medieval)

Dance of the Dark Heart – Julie Hearn (Tudor court)

Roman Mysteries –Caroline Lawrence

The Poison Diaries – Maryrose Wood

Black Harvest – Ann Pilling (KS3) (Irish potato famine)

I, Coriander -Sally Gardner (1650s London)

The Red Necklace –Sally Gardner (French Revolution)

The Silver Blade – Sally Gardner (French Revolution) 

What to read next? The Holocaust

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

The Diary of Anne Frank – Anne Frank

Emil and Karl – Yanek Glatshteyn

Once/ Now/Then/After series– Morris Gleitzman

I am David – Anne Holme

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

The Suitcase – Hanna Ramras

The Promise – Eva Schloss

Hitler’s Canary – Sandi Toksvig

Goodbye Marianne – Irene N Watts

What to read next? World War 1 and 2

Carrie’s War – Nina Bawden

Heroes – Robert Cormier

Put out the Light – Terry Deary

Hero on a Bicycle – Shirley Hughes

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo

Tamar – Mal Peet

Match of Death – James Riordan

The Machine Gunners – Robert Westall

The Kingdom by the Sea – Robert Westall

Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein

What to read next? Animals

The Cry of the Wolf – Melvin Burgess

Seekers series (bears) – Erin Hunter

Born to Run – Michael Morpurgo

Adolphus Tips – Michael Morpurgo

A Boy and a Bear in a Boat – Dave Shelton

Cat and the Stinkwater Wars – Kate Saunders

Leopard Adventure, Shark Adventure, Python Adventure –  Anthony McGowan 

What to read next? Werewolves

The Wereling Trilogy (Wounded; Prey; Resurrection) – Stephen Cole

Changeling – Steve Feasey

Raised by Wolves series – Jennifer Lynn Banes

Shiver; Linger; Forever – Maggie Stiefvater 

What to read next? Vampires, Zombies and Demons

The Book of Lost Things – John Connelly

The Black Tattoo – Sam Enthoven

Hell’s Underground  series– Alan Gibbons 

Bone Chiller – Martin Mc Namee

The Demon’s Lexicon – Sarah Rees Brennan

The Parliament of Blood – Justin Richards

The Kiss of Death – Marcus Sedgewick

The Mercian Trilogy (Blood; Alchemy; Death) – K J Wignall 

Grave Minder – Melissa Marr

Undead; Unfed – Kirsty McKay

What to read next? Fantasy

Molly Moon series – Georgia Byng

Stardust –Neil Gaiman

Heaven – Christophe Marzi

Un Lun Dun – China Mielville

The Mousehunter – Alex Millway

A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snickett 

Fire Spell – Laura Amy Schlitz

The Snow Merchant – Sam Gayton

The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge

The Thornthwaite Inheritance – Gareth P Jones

Bambert’s Book of Missing Stories – Reinhardt Jung

The Mysterious Benedict Society – Trenton Lee Stewart

The Name of the Blade (The Night Itself, book 1) – Zoe Marriott 

What to read next? Fantasy Series

The Grisha Trilogy – Leigh Bardugo

Graceling; Bitterblue: Fire – Kristin Cashore

The Mortal Instruments (City of Bones) – Cassandra Clare

Monster Blood Tattoo (Foundling; Lamplighter; Factotum) D M Cornish The Belgariad – David Eddings

The Icemark chronicles – Stuart Hill

Skulduggery Pleasant – Derek Landy

The Glass Throne – Sarah J Mass

Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen – Garth Nix (KS3)

The Inheritance Cycle – Christopher Paolini (KS4)

Septimus Heap – Angie Sage (KS3)

Fire Study; Poison Study; Magic Study – Maria V Snyder (KS4)

What to read next? Dragons 

Dragonskin Slippers, (Dragon Spear, Dragon Flight) -Jessica Day George

The Saint of Dragons – Jason Hightman

How to Train your Dragon – Cressida Cowell

Fight Game – K Wild 

What to read next? Myths, Legends and Meta Novels

Jonas Wish series – Stephen Cole (KS3)

Shylock’s Daughter – Mirjam Pressler  (historical/Shakespeare) (KS3)

Joshua Cross – Dian Redmond (KS3)

Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan  (Greek myths) KS3

Oliver Twisted – J D Sharpe (Oliver Twist with a twist) KS3

Eight Days of Luke – Dianna Wynne Jones  (Prometheus)

What to read next? Children facing adversity

Zlata’s Diary – Zlata Filipovic (war in Sarajevo)

The Tulip Touch – Anne Fine (mental illness)

Firestarter – Catherine Forde (mental illness)

Kick Off – Dan Freedman (bullying, football)

Ruby Red – Linzi Glass (racism, segregation in South Africa)

Ostrich Boys – Keith Gray (coming of age, suicide)

The Fault in our Stars – John Green (teenage terminal illness)

Looking For Alaska – John Green (leaving home, suicide)

An Abundance of Catherines – John Green (break-up)

Holly – Mary Hooper (missing persons, family)

Berserk – Ally Kennan (mental illness, capital punishment)

The Garbage King – Elizabeth Laird (child trafficking)

Red Sky in the Morning – Elizabeth Laird (disability)

Lost Riders – Elizabeth Laird (child exploitation)

Underworld – Cathy Macphail  (bullying)

Girl, Missing – Sophie McKenzie (adoption)

Trash – Andy Mulligan (street children)

Seige – Sarah Mussi (dystopian, school shooting)

Good Girls – Laura Ruby (on-line bullying, first love)

This Song Will Save Your Life - Leila Sales (self-harm, bullying, music)

The Flask – Nicky Singer (bereavement, conjoined twins)

Throwaways – Ian Strachan (street children)

Abomination – Robert Swindells (cults)

Ruby Tania – Robert Swindells  (racism, refugees)

Stone Cold – Robert Swindells  (dysfunctional family, homelessness)

Bang, Bang, You’re Dead – Narinder Dhami

(mental illness, school shooting)

The Memory Cage – Ruth Eastham (Alzheimer’s, war)

Mockingbird –Kathryn Erskine (Arperger’s, bereavement)

Red Moon – Rachel Anderson – (murder, asylum seekers)

 Cry Baby – Malorie Blackman (teenage parents)

What I Saw and How I Lied – Judy Blundell  (first love, family)

The Ghost Behind the Wall – Melvin Burgess  (Alzheimer’s, loneliness)

Junk – Melvin Burgess (drugs)

Sara’s Face – Melvin Burgess (cosmetic surgery, exploitation)

Heart Burn – Anne Cassidy (street violence)

Just Jealous – Anne Cassidy (relationships)

This is All – Aidan Chambers (teenage pregnancy, love)

Breakers – Julia Clarke  (bullying, first love, dysfunctional family)

What to read next? Dystopian

Noughts and Crosses series – Malorie Blackman

Bloodtide;Bloodsong – Melvin Burgess

The Baby and Fly Pie – Melvin Burgess

After the Snow – S D Crockett

The Maze Runner series – James Dashner

The Enemy series – Charles Higson

Monument 14 – Emily Langbourne

Children of the Dust – Louise Lawrence

Shade’s Children – Garth Nix

Z for Zachariah – Robert O’Brien

Unwind, Unwholly,   series –Neal Shusterman

Waterbound – Jane Stemp

Brother in the Land – Robert Swindells

Daz for Zoe – Robert Swindells

Blood Red Road – Moira Young

What to read next? Magic and faeries

Knife series – R J Anderson

Faerie Wars Chronicle – Herbie Brennan

Samuel Johnson versus the Devil series – John Connelly

The Truth Cookie; Cupid Cakes – Fiona Dunbar

The Last Elf – Sylvana De Mari 

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman 

What to read next? Sci Fi

The Lurkers – Charles Butler

Bzrk – Michael Grant

Gone series – Michael Grant

Demon’s Rock – Sandra Glover

Savannah Grey – Cliff McNish

A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix

Unravelling – Elizabeth Norris

The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E Pearson

Life As We Knew It – Susan Pfeffer

Ultraviolet – R J Anderson (also explores mental illness)

The Lux novels – Jennifer L Armentrout

The Knife of Never  letting Go trilogy – Patrick Ness