Suggested reading lists

Obviously, any reading is better than no reading and will be all the better if you/your child is interested in the subject matter. However, if you’re stuck for ideas, you can use the below lists to get some ideas. Give them a try – you might end up discovering a love for a whole new genre you had never considered before!


  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
  • The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • The Owl Service by Alan Garner
  • The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman


  • How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
  • Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
  • Forever by Judy Blume


  • Junk by Melvin Burgess
  • Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Gone by Michael Grant
  • The Enemy by Charlie Higson