Suggested Reading List for Readers
Aged 13 to 14 year olds 
(Year 9)

Teens & Library

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


  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  • Brighton Rock by Graham Green 

  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

  • Philip Larkin - Collected Poems

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas 

  • Dracula by Bram Stoker

  • Empire of the Sun by J.G Ballard

  • Frankenstien by Mary Shelley

  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway 

  • One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey 

  • Scoop by Evelyn Waugh 

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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. These books are the past statements on what it is to be human and what it is be human in a particular culture. 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, a lot of these books are going to be a tough read. Best way forward is to listen to these on audio book in the unabridged format. Let somebody else do the decoding for you, whilst you listen carefully to the story line and the complex themes.