At the foot of this page are some reading lists covering a variety of interests. They are based on current popular fiction plus a few classics! These have either been read by library staff, recommended by students, recommended by the English department, winners of book awards or all of these! We aim to have a copy of each title in the library or on our e-book platform to borrow.
We also recommend visiting LoveReading4Schools for a quick easy way to view book covers and synopses.
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Climate change/environment themed novels - current and future issues
Climate change & environmental issues are real – read the fiction inspired by them: floods, drought, danger and hope.
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Exodus by Julie Bertagna
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick
POP! By Mitch Johnson
Thunderbolt by Wilbur Smith
Gorilla Dawn by Gill Lewis
-Set in the Congo forest, where gorillas are threatened and precious minerals sourced.
Where the World turns Wild by Nicola Penfold
Flood World by Tom Huddleston
Moon Bear by Gill Lewis
The Last Wild by Piers Torday
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
Water’s Edge by Rachel Meehan
Empty by Suzanne Weyn
Melt by Ele Fountain
Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble
Stories about Refugees
Stories help us understand each other better and they are a way of making sense of the world. If you have enjoyed a book, make sure you recommend it to a friend!
- The Arrival by Shaun Tan
- Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
- The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
- No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton
- Boy Everywhere by A.M. Dassu
- Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
- The Crossing by Manjeet Mann
- The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
- Boy 87 by Ele Fountain
- In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda
- The Bone Sparrow – Zana Fraillon