Reading is an important skill for all of us, regardless of age. The more we read, the better we get at it. The skills from reading increases vocabulary and develops our understanding. At The Gainsborough Academy, we have compiled a recommended list to support students’ enrichment of learning.


Recommended reading list:

Year 7

The Book of Dust Volume One, Philip Pullman

Hitler’s Canary, Sandi Toksvig

Pennies for Hitler, Jackie French

The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson

Cirque du Freak, Darren Shan

Tales of Childhood, Roald Dahl

Diary of a Wimpy kid, Jeff Kinney

Year 8

Goodnight Mr Tom, Michelle Magorian

War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

Once, Morris Gleitzman

Then, Morris Gleitzman

Now, Morris Gleitzman

After, Morris Gleitzman

The Maze Runner, James Dashner

Discworld series, Terry Pratchit

Year 9

Ready Player One, Ernest Cline

Flawed, Cecelia Ahern

City of Ashes, Cassandra Clare

Mortal Engines, Philip Reeve

The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

Trash, Andy Mulligan

Slumdog Millionaire, Vikas Swarup

Year 10 and 11

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Heroes, Robert Cormier

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Frankenstein, Mary Shelly

Dracula, Bram Stoker

1984, George Orwell

Animal Farm, George Orwell

Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Catch 22, Joseph Heller

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Mark Haddon

Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens

Lord of the Flies, William Golding

Picture of Dorian Grey, Oscar Wilde

Rebbeca, Daphne Du Maurier

The Shining, Stephen King

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James

The Woman in Black, Susan Hill