Suggested Reading List for Readers

Aged 12 to 13 year olds 

(Year 8)

Teenagers in Library

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

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell 

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

  • The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham 

  • The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspheth Huxley 

  • The Hitchhiker's Guild to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

  • The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

  • A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 

  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 

  • The Women in Black by Susan Hill

  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

  • Treasure Island by R.L. Stevenson 

  • Of Mice and Men by Jon Steinbeck 

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. Many of the books on this list are what is know as dystopian novels, meaning the world/life has gone dreadfully wrong and how the individual finds a way to survive.  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!

I know from talking with many teenagers - these books are hard going! Spending weeks on them in school is torture and by the time the teacher say your finished you haven't got a clue what the story was all about. Best way forward is to reduce the length of time you spend with some of these books and the negative gloom they spread. It is very important you know the stories but you can cut the time down by listening to them on audio book.