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Reading List

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:


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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 10/11

  • 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
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