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Reading for pleasure
Reading has benefits in many areas of education and life. Please take a look at the information below, which will help you find your next great read.
Our Study Centre is crammed packed with some wonderful books for all year groups; students come into the room at least once a fortnight with their teacher of English to enjoy an hour of reading for pleasure, having been guided by their teachers and our two dedicated librarians to find the right book for them, in terms of level and interest.
Recommended books for Year 7 and Year 8
Ultimate Football Heroes collection by Tom and Matt Oldfield have been our most popular series of books for years 7 and 8.
The series tells the inspirational life stories of some of the greatest footballers currently playing, from Raheem Sterling to Cristiano Ronaldo to Lioness legend Kelly Smith. As well as being great reads, these books act as wider reading for our current year 7 classroom focus on narrative writing and autobiography!
If your child has been enjoying this series and reading life stories, we would recommend they try Marcus Rashford’s `You Are A Champion. It’s packed full of stories from Marcus’s own life, brilliant advice and top-tips from a performance psychologist to help build confidence, dream big, never stop learning and much much more!’
Other popular life stories enjoyed by our pupils are Sinead Burke’s Breaking The Mould, Catherine Johnson’s books Queen of Freedom and Race to the Frozen North and the many inspirational stories contained within Women In Science.
Other recommended reads for Year 7 and 8 are the following titles, all age appropriate and fabulous read spanning different genres , selected from the 2021 Carnegie Shortlist (Note – our Carnegie Book Shadowing Group runs during the shortlisting period for this award, from March to June each year; when school librarians meet with students interested in reading the shortlist, weekly at lunchtimes in the fiction room).
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds – the winner of this year’s Carengie Medal, judged to be the best book written for young people. - `from hilarious escapades to brave challenges, the book brims with humour, pathos and the heroic struggle to grow up’. Other recommended titles by this brilliant author are Ghost and Long Way Down.
The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson – as well as on the Carnegie Shortlist, this won the Wales Book of the Year. It is a fantasy tale `grounded in ancient fairy tales that feel special and true and glistening with the very real magic of love and belonging, this is a gem of a story’. Another popular read by Sophie Anderson is The House of Chicken Legs.
The Girl Who Became A Tree by Joseph Coelho – a story told in poems where the author mixes real life, myth and fantasy to create a powerful exploration of loss and renewal.
Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk – when Ellie sets out to find a cure for her father, she discovers Cate, the outcast witch, and Larkin, a wild mountain boy. From them she learns about being a healer; being brave – and about how there can be much more to a person than first meets the eye….
Author Lauren Wolk has also written Wolf Hollow and Beyond the Bright Sea, which continue to be popular titles with children in fiction lessons.
And lovers of fantasy fiction should make sure they read their way through Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, which features a 12 year old boy dyslexic boy who discovers he is the modern-day son of a Greek god.
Recommended for Year 9, 10 and Y11
One of our most borrowed authors for years, 9, 10 and 11 is Karen McManus. Her twisty young adult thrillers include One of us is Lying, Two can keep a secret, One of us Is Next and The Cousins.
Students who have enjoyed these books should try the International number 1 bestseller They Both Die In the End by Adam Silvera - “On September 5th, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news there’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend and through it, Rufus and mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure – to live lifetime in a single day.”
We would also recommend the entire Carnegie 2021 shortlist for years 9. 10 and 11. The shortlisted 8 books span several genres and represent the best of fiction writing for young adults. Click here to access full details of the books.
Two other highly popular authors for KS3 are:-
- Angie Thomas – click here to see details of her books
- Jason Reynolds – click here to see details of his books
Our guide for parents and carers, which explains how you can help your child to develop a love of reading can be accessed below: