The Rivers Reading List

How to read!

Always have a thesaurus to hand (book or app) so you can look up new words.

If you find a great new word or sentence you love write it, and its definition or meaning, in your journal.

Comprehension is understanding. Understanding builds knowledge. Learning happens over time through remembering that new knowledge by being able to recall and use it.

YEAR 7&8 

  • Narnia chronicles – CS Lewis

  • Artemis Fowl series – Eoin Colfer

  • Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo

  • War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

  • Mysterious Benedict Society– Trenton Lee Stewart

  • Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

  • The Princess Bride – William Goldman

  • The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Diary Of a young girl – Anne Frank

  • The Wish List – Eoin Colfer

  • I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

  • Skellig – David Almond

  • The Hobbit – JRR Tolkein

  • When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

  • Greek Myths – Geraldine McCaughrean

  • Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling

  • The Animals of Farthing Wood – Colin Dann

  • Shakespeare – story versions

  • Roll of Thunder, hear my cry – Mildred D Taylor

  • The Little Prince and other short stories – Oscar Wilde

 

Authors

Frank Cottrell Boyce 

Darren Shan

Antony Horowitz

Paul Jennings

Anne Fine

Roald Dahl –novels

Benjamin Zephaniah

Robert Swindells

YEAR 9

  • Phillip Pullman – Northern Lights series

  • Patrick Ness – a Monster Calls

  • Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

  • Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman

  • The Boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne

  • Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome

  • The Silver Sword – Ian Serrailler

  • Clay – David Almond

  • The Hobbit – J RR Tolkein

  • The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

  • Gone series – Michael Grant

  • The Enemy - Charlie Higson

  • Lord of the Flies – William Golding

  • Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

  • Judy Blume – Forever

  • Dear Nobody – Berlie Doherty

  • Watership Down – Richard Adams

  • Roald Dahl Tales of the Unexpected – Roald Dahl

  • Vampire Diaries – L J Smith

  • Pretty Little Liars – Sara Shepard

  • Gossip Girl – Cecily von Ziegesar

  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend 

  • The Outsiders – S E Hinton

  • Shakespeare story versions – Shakespeare

  • The Book Thief – Marcus Zusak

  • My Family and other animals – Gerald Durrell

 

Authors

Terry Pratchett

Robert Cormier

Celia Reece

Ransom Riggs

Wilbur Smith

Gary Paulsen

YEAR 10 & 11

  • The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

  • The Curious incident of the dog in the night time – Mark Haddon *

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini * 

  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley

  • Animal Farm – George Orwell

  • Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury

  • To Kill A Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

  • Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck * 

  • Treasure Island – R L Stevenson

  • Educating Rita – Willy Russell * 

  • The World’s Wife – Carol Ann Duffy * 

  • Oscar Wilde – A Picture of Dorian Gray

  • Duncton Wood – William Horwood

  • The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

  • I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou

  • The Winter King Trilogy – Bernard Cornwell

  • Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

  • The fault in our stars – John Green * 

  • Touching the void – Joe Simpson

  • Pawn of prophecy – David Eddings

  • Susan Hill – The Woman in Black

 

Authors

Holly Black 

Terry Pratchett

Conan Doyle

Agatha Christie 

PD James * 

Francis Hardinge

Wendy Cope

Bill Bryson

Kate Moss

 

* Potential use of adult themes or language.

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