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Reading Challenge Recommended Reads

  1. 1. The Dixie Grammar School Michael Parker LibraryReading Challenge Recommended Fiction
  2. 2. The Dixie Grammar School – Library Services Reading Challenge - Recommended FictionThese are over 150 fiction books which have been selected by the Librarian for students who are able readers. They are all excellentreads, with varying levels of challenge. Parents please note that whilst we recommend these books to our Year 6-8 students, some maycontain more mature themes and concepts such as bereavement, crime, racism, prejudice etc.The books on the list are all fiction, if students prefer to read non-fiction, such as autobiographies, they should see Mrs Robinson, theLibrarian, to discuss the kinds of books they like to read. Students are welcome to recommend books to be considered for this list –please see Mrs Robinson.Award-Winners are shown in bold – such as Carnegie Medal, Smarties Prize, Blue Peter Award etc. They include books shortlisted forawards so that students have plenty of choice. Titles marked with an asterisk * are part of a series.Author Title Genre/Keywords ReadDouglas Adams Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy* Humour, Science FictionRichard Adams Watership Down Adventure, Animals, AwardLouisa M Alcott Little Women* Classic, FamiliesDavid Almond Skellig Award, FantasyLaurie Halse Anderson Chains* Adventure, Award, Historical, Journeys, SlaveryR J Anderson Knife* Adventure, Fairies, FantasyNina Bawden Carries War Evacuees, World War IIJulia Bertanga Exodus* Adventure, Award, Science FictionMalorie Blackman Noughts and Crosses* Love, Prejudice, RacismCreated: 12/12/11 Updated: 30/10/2012 ©DGS Library Services
  3. 3. Author Title Genre/Keywords ReadMalorie Blackman Pig-Heart Boy Award, CourageTim Bowler River Boy Award, Death, FamiliesFrank Cottrell Boyce Millions Adventure, Award, Crime, HumourJohn Boyne Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Film tie-in, Holocaust, World War IIHenrietta Branford Fire, Bed and Bone Animals, Award, HistoricalTheresa Breslin Remembrance Historical, World War ITheresa Breslin Whispers in the Graveyard Award, Ghosts, HorrorKevin Brooks Martyn Pig Award, Crime, Death, Families, MysteryFrances Hodgson Burnett Secret Garden Classic, FriendsBetsy Byars Midnight Fox Animals, ClassicLewis Carroll Alice in Wonderland* Classic, FantasyAnne Cassidy Looking for JJ Award, Murder, New IdentityGennifer Choldenko Al Capone Does My Shirts Award, Disability, FamilyEoin Colfer Artemis Fowl* Adventure, Crime, FantasyLouise Cooper Demon crossing Award, Ghosts, HorrorSusan Cooper Dark is Rising* Award, Fantasy, Magic, Film tie-inZizou Corder Halo Adventure, Ancient Greece, FantasyJames Dashner Maze Runner* Dystopias, Science FictionKeren David When I Was Joe* Friends, Gangs, Lies, ThrillerJoseph Delaney Spook’s Apprentice* Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, SupernaturalEmily Diamand Flood Child* Adventure, Award, Kidnapping, PiratesPeter Dickinson Ropemaker Award, Fantasy, QuestsChris dLacey Fly, Cherokee, Fly* Award, Birds, Growing UpJennifer Donnelly Gathering Light Award, Growing Up, MurderSiobhan Dowd London Eye Mystery Detectives, MysteryCreated: 12/12/11 Updated: 30/10/2012 ©DGS Library Services
  4. 4. Author Title Genre/Keywords ReadPaul Dowswell Auslander Adventure, Historical, World War IIHelen Dunmore Ingo* Fantasy, MermaidsJeanne DuPrau City of Ember* Science FictionAnne Fine Madame Doubtfire Families, Film tie-ins, HumourAnne Fine Tulip Touch Award, HorrorCatherine Fisher Snow-Walker Trilogy* Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, QuestsDan Freedman Kick Off* Football, SportCornelia Funke Inkheart* Adventure, FantasyNeil Gaiman Graveyard Book Award, Chiller, Crime, GhostsSally Gardner I, Coriander Award, Historical, MagicJamila Gavin Coram Boy Adventure, Award, Historical, Orphans, SlaveryAdele Geras Troy* Ancient Greece, Award, Historical, WarAlan Gibbons Shadow of the Minotaur* Ancient Greece, Award, Gaming, FantasyMorris Gleitzman Once, Now and Then* Adventure, Escape, Friends, World War IIJulia Golding The Diamond of Drury Lane* Adventure, Award, HistoricalKeith Gray Ostrich Boys Adventure, Award, JourneysM G Harris Joshua Files* Adventure, ThrillerSonya Hartnett Thursdays Child Australia, Families, PovertyJulie Hearn Merrybegot Historical, Magic, WitchesLian Hearn Across the Nightingale Floor* Award, Fantasy, Japan, Love, WarF E Higgins Black Book of Secrets Fantasy, MysteryCharles Higson Silverfin* Adventure, Spies, ThrillerStuart Hill Cry of the Icemark* Fantasy, WarMary Hoffman Stravaganza : city of masks* Adventure, Fantasy, Time TravelAnne Holm I am David Award, Escape, PrisonCreated: 12/12/11 Updated: 30/10/2012 ©DGS Library Services
  5. 5. Author Title Genre/Keywords ReadMary Hooper At the Sign of the Sugared Plum Adventure, Historical, PlagueAnthony Horowitz Alex Rider Series* Adventure, Spies, ThrillerEva Ibbotson Journey to the River Sea Adventure, Award, JourneysPaul Jennings Unbelievable Humorous short storiesDiana Wynne Jones Charmed life Award, Fantasy, MagicGene Kemp Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler Award, Humour, SchoolAlly Kennen Beast Award, Families, MonstersJudith Kerr When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Adventure, Escape, World War TwoClive King Stig of the Dump Adventure, Classic, FantasyDick King-Smith Sheep Pig Animals, Film tie-inJeff Kinney Diary of a Wimpy Kid* Diaries, HumourSuzanne LaFleur Love, Aubrey Families, Grief, LoveElizabeth Laird Red Sky in the Morning Award, Disabilities, FamiliesTanya Landman Apache Adventure, Award, Historical, Native AmericansDerek Landy Skulduggery Pleasant* Adventure, Detectives, FantasyUrsula K Le Guin Wizard of Earthsea* Fantasy, Magic, WizardsMadeleine LEngle Wrinkle in Time Award, Classic, Science FictionC.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia Series* Award, Classic, FantasyPenelope Lively Ghost of Thomas Kempe Award, Ghosts, Humour, SupernaturalSaci Lloyd Carbon Diaries 2015* Diaries, Future, Science FictionPittacus Lore I am Number Four* Aliens, Science Fiction, ThrillerMichelle Magorian Goodnight Mister Tom Award, Evacuees, World War IIMargaret Mahy Changeover Award, Fantasy, SupernaturalGemma Malley Declaration* Dystopias, Freedom, Science FictionJohn Marsden Tomorrow When the War Began* Adventure, Australia, WarCreated: 12/12/11 Updated: 30/10/2012 ©DGS Library Services
  6. 6. Author Title Genre/Keywords ReadJames Vance Marshall Walkabout Adventure, Australia, ClassicGeraldine McCaughrean Death Defying Pepper Roux Adventure, Award, HumourGeraldine McCaughrean White Darkness Adventure, Antarctica, AwardHilary McKay Saffy’s Angel* Adoption, Families, SistersSophie McKenzie Girl, Missing* Adoption, KidnappingRobin McKinley Beauty Fantasy, Love, MagicAndy McNab Boy soldier* Action, Adventure, ThrillerCliff McNish Breathe Ghosts, HorrorMichael Morpurgo Amazing story of Adolphus Tipps Animals, Families, War, World War TwoMichael Morpurgo Private Peaceful Adventure, Award, Brothers, World War IBeverley Naidoo Other Side of Truth Africa, Award, BullyingPatrick Ness Monster Calls Bereavement, Grief, Fear, MonstersSally Nicholls Ways to Live Forever Award, Death, Leukaemia, UpliftingWilliam Nicholson Wind Singer* Award, FantasyGarth Nix Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen* Adventure, Fantasy, MagicMary Norton Borrowers* Adventure, Award, Classic, FantasyPat OShea Hounds of the Morrigan Fantasy, MagicChristopher Paolini Eragon* Dragons, FantasyKatherine Paterson Bridge to Terabithia Award, Bereavement, Friends, GriefGary Paulsen Hatchet* Award, Adventure, SurvivalMichelle Paver Wolf Brother* Adventure, Fantasy, MagicPhillipa Pearce Tom’s Midnight Garden Adventure, Award, Classic, FantasyMal Peet Keeper* Award, Football, SportAnna Perera Guantanamo Boy Freedom, Kidnapping, PrisonAnn Pilling Black Harvest Classic, Horror, IrelandCreated: 12/12/11 Updated: 30/10/2012 ©DGS Library Services
  7. 7. Author Title Genre/Keywords ReadTerry Pratchett Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents Award, Fantasy, HumourMaggie Prince Raiders Tide* Adventure, Historical, LoveSally Prue Cold Tom Adventure, Award, Fairies, FantasyPhilip Pullman His Dark Materials Trilogy* Award, Fantasy, MagicCelia Rees Witch Child* Historical, Supernatural, WitchesPhilip Reeve Mortal Engines* Adventure, Award, Science FictionPhilip Ridley Scribbleboy Art, Award, HumourRobert Rigby Goal!* Football, SportRick Riordan Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief* Adventure, Award, FantasyJ K Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone* Award, Fantasy, Magic, WizardsLouis Sachar Holes* Award, Crime, Film tie-ins, ThillerAlex Scarrow TimeRiders* Science Fiction, Time TravelMarcus Sedgwick Foreshadowing Supernatural, War World War IMarcus Sedgwick My Swordhand is Singing Award, Horror, VampiresIan Serraillier Silver Sword Adventure, Journeys, World War IIAnna Sewell Black Beauty Animals, Classic, HorsesAlex Shearer Speed of the Dark Science FictionNicky Singer Feather Boy Bullying, CourageSarah Singleton Amethyst Child Cults, Friends, SecretsJustin Somper Vampirates* Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, VampiresJerry Spinelli Stargirl Courage, Friends, LoveRobert Louis Stevenson Treasure Island Adventure, Classic, Pirates, TreasurePaul Stewart Beyond the Deep Woods* FantasyJonathan Stroud Amulet of Samarkand* Fantasy, Humour, MagicRosemary Sutcliff Eagle of The Ninth* Adventure, Classic, Historical, RomansCreated: 12/12/11 Updated: 30/10/2012 ©DGS Library Services
  8. 8. Author Title Genre/Keywords ReadRosemary Sutcliff Black Ships Before Troy* Ancient Greece, Award, HistoricalG P Taylor Shadowmancer Fantasy, Magic, WitchcraftMildred D Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry* Award, Classic, Prejudice, Racism, USAKate Thompson New Policeman Award, Fantasy, Magic, MysterySandi Toksvig Hitler’s Canary Adventure, Denmark, Nazis, World War TwoJ R R Tolkien Hobbit Adventure, FantasySue Townsend Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾* Diaries, HumourJenny Valentine Finding Violet Park Award, Self DiscoveryMark Walden Higher Institute of Villainous Education* Adventure, Award, Crime, HumourPat Walsh Crowfield Curse* Award, Historical, SupernaturalRachel Ward Numbers* Adventure, Supernatural, ThrillerRobert Westall Machine Gunners Adventure, Award, War, World War Two,E B, White Charlottes Web Animals, Classic, FriendsT H White Sword In the Stone Adventure, Classic, Fantasy, King ArthurJacqueline Wilson Illustrated Mum Award, FamiliesJeanette Winterson Tanglewreck Fantasy, TimeTravelVirginia Euwer Wolff True Believer* Award, Families, RelationshipsChris Wooding Malice* Comic Strips, FantasyDavid Yelland Truth About Leo Bereavement, Families, GriefBenjamin Zephaniah Refugee Boy Courage, Refugees, WarCreated: 12/12/11 Updated: 30/10/2012 ©DGS Library Services