Suggested Reads

These are some suggestions for our students who are Reading for Pleasure. I have provided a mixture of genre in these lists, hopefully there is something for everyone. The books are listed are in year groups for your guidance only.

Here, in the library at Chesterton we are always delighted to help students who would like to find something great to read, please come and see us if you would like more help or email hellison@chesterton.cambs.sch.uk. The books listed are all novels which can be found in the school library, I have tried to include a little bit of everything  – serious thought provoking topics plus light hearted books too, romance, adventure, mystery, fantasy, more challenging reads and quick relaxing reads too. Of course we have all sorts of other general interest and factual books too which can be borrowed plus daily newspapers and a selection of magazines.

 Year 7

Wonder by PJ Palacio

The Inheritance Cycle series by Christopher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian

Gangster Granny by David Walliams

Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andrew Lane

The Medusa Project series by Sophie McKenzie

Secret Breakers by HL Dennis (The Power of Three and Orphan of the Flames)

Tom Gates, Genius Ideas (mostly) by L Pichon

The Terrible Thing That Happened To Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens

The Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke

The Ingo Chronicles by Helen Dunmore

Pegasus and The Flame by Kate O’Hearn

The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan

The Roman Mysteries series by Caroline Lawrence

The Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford

Binny for Short by Hilary McKay

Year 8

The CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

The Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud

The Waterfire Saga by Jennifer Donnelly

The World of Norm by Jonathan Meres

File Under 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snickett

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The Insignia trilogy by S.J. Kincaid

Geek Girl series by Holly Smale

H.I.V.E. series by Mark Walden

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby by Natasha Farrant

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield

Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Year 9

Monument and Sky on Fire by Emily Laybourne

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

The Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore

My Sister lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Half Bad and Half Wild by Sally Green

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

The 5th Wave and The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Giver by Lois Lowry

Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine

Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Girl Missing series by Sophie McKenzie

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

Years 10 and 11

The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

More than This by Patrick Ness

Legend by Marie Lu

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Matched trilogy by Ally Conde

The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Shadow and Bone from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Looking for Alaska by John Green

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

Divergent by Veronica Roth

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

The Declaration by Gemma Malley

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lain Hearn

Life An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet