Suggested Reading List for Readers

Aged 11 to 12 year olds 

(Year 7)

Kids Reading Book in Park

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.