Is your young person looking for their next good read? We will regularly make book recommendations (taken from The School Reading List) for each year group. All books are available to borrow from the LRC.
Year 7 – Kick by Mitch Johnson
Set in Jakarta, when Budi’s dreams of escaping poverty through football stardom abruptly end, his life spirals as he finds himself owing money to a very dangerous man. But through sheer force of will and determination, he resolves to put everything right. This fast-paced and gripping novel is an uplifting and inspirational story that will leave readers believing that anything is possible.
Year 8 – Welcome to Nowhere by Elizabeth Laird
Omar dreams of being a successful businessman and ruling the world. But living in Syria, this 12-year-old’s dreams are set in a time and place where things can change rapidly – especially when his older brother finds himself in a dangerous situation and the whole family has to flee to safety.
Year 9 – The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
In a quiet English village, everyone falls asleep unexpectedly. When they wake up a day later, all the women are inexplicably pregnant. It soon becomes apparent that the children have abilities and powers that are not normal, threatening the community. Brilliantly written, this unsettling story is ideal to spark philosophical debate and discussion.
Year 10 – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A must-read for older teens, this is a stunning story of love in the face of desperate adversity. When terminally ill Hazel meets Augustus the short time she has left to live changes courses in ways she could never have imagined.
Year 11 – When Shadows Fall by Sita Brahmachari
Told using a fresh blend of an edgy first-person recount and contemplative narrative verse, this novel explores the lives of Kai, Orla and Zak, and all the complicated connections, ties, dreams and difficulties that bind them. When Kai’s life is turned upside down, will his friends be enough to get him back on track?
Sixth Form – The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
When Nora finds herself in a supernatural library where she can choose to change her life for a different one, she is presented with the chance to right wrongs, correct mistakes and live out her dreams. But, the book asks the reader, what defines a good life? A warm-hearted and compelling bestseller.
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