Wider Reading

At ALNS, we love reading!

Click the links below to find recommendations and reviews for wonderful books to read.

You could find a book that links to the topic you are currently studying in English, or simply choose a category which appeals to you!

Most of these novels are available in the Information Centre at school. If you are in Year Seven or Eight, you may read one of these for Accelerated Reader.

Enjoyed one of the books on the list, or have a different recommendation to share? Write a short review and take it to Ms Flack in English 6, to be featured on this page!

Childhood
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Boy by Roald Dahl
  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • Charlotte's Web by Dick King Smith
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Street Child by Berlie Doherty
  • The Diary of an (Un)teenager by Pete Johnson
  • Trash by Andy Mulligan'
  • Whispers in the Graveyard by Theresa Breslin
  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Ruby Holler by Sarah Creech
Crime and Punishment
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Notes from a Liar and her Dog'
  • The Recruit by Robert Muchamore
  • Millions by Frank Cotterall Boyce
  • Milkweed by Jerry Spinell
  • Trash by Andy Mulligan
  • Prisoner of the Inquisition by Theresa Breskin
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- time by Mark Haddon
Cultural Cry

Non-fiction:

  • Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandella
  • Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa by Mark Mathabane

Fiction:

  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • House of Stone by Christina Lamb
  • Out of Shadows by Jason Wallace
  • Trash by Andy Mulligan
  • The Purple Hibiscus by Chimamnda Ngozi Adichie
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • The Other Side of Truth by Beverley Naidoo
  • Casino Royale; James Bond 007 by Ian Fleming
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Images of War

Non-fiction:

  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Fiction:

  • Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
  • War Horse by Michael Morporgo
  • Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
  • Tamar by Mal Peet
  • Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Pepetys
Justice and Revenge
  • Tales from Shakespeare (Wordsworth Children's Classics) by Charles Lamb
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
  • Roof Toppers Catherine Rundell
  • The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
  • Trash Andy Mulligan
  • Liar and Spy Rebecca Stead
  • The Wall William Sutcliffe
Love and Conflict
  • Jake's Tower by Elizabeth Laird
  • Rani and Sukh by Bali Rai
  • Girls in Love by Jacqueline Wilson
  • (Un)arranged marriage by Bali Rai
  • The Trouble with Donovan Croft by Bernard Ashley
  • Mate, Dates and… series by Cathy Hopkins
  • Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
  • A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis
  • Westside Story by Arthur Laurents
  • The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
  • Oranges are not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Love and Loss

Non-fiction:

  • Can it be True? by Hill
  • The Glass angels by Hill
  • One night at a time by Hill

Fiction:

  • A Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Mrs De Winter by Susan Hill
  • The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill
  • Air and Angels by Susan Hill
  • The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Mad Woman in the Attic by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Nature and Wildlife
  • Skellig by David Almond
  • The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Harnett
  • My Name is Mina by David Almond
  • If Only They Could Talk by James Herriot
  • Out of the Blue by Sue Welford
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Deep Secret by Berlie Doherty
  • The Tulip Touch by Anne Fine
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Rebellious Minds

Non-fiction:

  • Hole in my life by Jack Gantos
  • Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

Fiction:

  • Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
  • Blood Red Read by Moira Young
  • Legend by Marie Lu
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Skarrs by Catherine Forde
  • Peace like A River by Leif Enger
  • Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • Stone Cold by Robert Swindalls
  • Innocent Blood by P.D. James
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak