Suggested Reading List for Readers

Aged 11 to 12 year olds 

(Year 7)

  • Jan

    Framed by Frank Cottrell Boyce

    Lets start the year off with some mystery and intrigue.

  • Feb

    The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland

    National Story Telling Day is celebrated in the first week of February - lets read one of Britian's long lasting myths - King Arther

  • Mar

    Across the Barricades By Joan Lingard

    St Patricks Day is on 17th March

  • Apr

    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4.

    This book was first published in April 1982

  • May

    Cue for Treason by Geoffrey

    Look out for events linked with Shakespear this month

  • Jun

    Pig Heart Boy by Malorie Blackman 

    World Heart Rhythm Day is on the 6th

  • Jul

    The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    World Population Day is on the 11th 

  • Aug

    The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliffe 

    The Romans first invaded Britain in August 55BC

  • Sep

    Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl

    Roald Dalh as a Day of celebration on 3rd September. Look out for events!

  • Oct

    Watership Down by Richard Adams

    October celebrates World Habitat Day (on the 3rd) and world Animal Day (on the 4th)

  • Nov

    War Horse by Michael Morpurgo 

    This year Remembrance Sunday falls on November 11th 

  • Dec

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

    International day for the Abolition of Slavery is on the 2nd Dec  

  • Holes by Louis Sachar


    A boy and his friends question the motives of a woman who forces them to dig holes at a detention camp.

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

    Miss When his beloved grandfather leaves Jake clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times, he finds a magical place known as Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers - and their terrifying enemies. Ultimately, Jake discovers that only his own special peculiarity can save his new friends.  

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

    During World War II, 8-year-old Bruno and his family leave Berlin to take up residence near the concentration camp where his father has just become commandant. Unhappy and lonely, he wanders out behind his house one day and finds Shmuel, a Jewish boy of his age. Though the barbed-wire fence of the camp separates them, the boys begin a forbidden friendship, oblivious to the real nature of their surroundings.

  • Spirit by John Fusco


    Spirit Follows the adventures of a wild and rambunctious mustang stallion as he journeys through the untamed American frontier. Encountering man for the first time, Spirit defies being broken, even as he develops a remarkable friendship with a young Lakota brave. The courageous young stallion also finds love with a beautiful paint mare named Rain on his way to becoming one of the greatest unsung heroes of the Old West. John Fusco

If you intend to take an exam in English, here are the books you should be reading this year!


  • Watershed Down by Richard Adams 

  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

  • Peter Pan by JM Barrie

  • Boy and Going Solo by Roald Dahl

  • The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank

  • The Weirdstone of Brisingasmen by Alan Garner

  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

  • Northern Lights by Philip Pullman 

  • Black Beauty by Anne Sewell

  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4

  • The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White

Why read these books?

These books are the cornerstones of the school library. Every book you read after, every book you read in preparation for an exam and every book you read for the exam will make the assumption that you have read these. Story tellers refer back to the books they have read, those references are easy to spot in their work and to understand if you have read the books. These books are the past statements on what it is to be in the war or living in troubled times, what it is to struggle and what effects being on the outside has. Each book builds upon the last read. When you are not in the know, when you miss the references and miss the allusions - basically you not in the conversation!

If, like me, you are dyslexic: some of the language in the older books is going to be tricky, they were written by authors in another time period, the words and meanings have moved on. The first three are a case in point and the The Weirdstone of Brisingasmen is written with a lot of speech in dialect. I find them hard to get off the page. It is far better to listen to these as an unabridged audio book with a actor doing the voices. 

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