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Spring Term 2019

Children of Blood and BoneTitle: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi

This is a fantastic book and fans of Sarah J. Maas will love it.  Magic is banned from the kingdom but one special girl has the power to change all of that.  This book takes you on an exciting journey that you really don’t want to end.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

The Woman in the WindowTitle: The Woman in the Window
Author: A. J. Finn

Unable to leave the house because of her agoraphobia Anna finds herself drawn to the window to watch the world through her camera.  New neighbours arrive and everything is not as perfect as they would like you to think.  Will anybody believe Anna when she reports a crime?

Suitable for years 10 and 11 only. This is an adult book and is therefore not suitable or recommended for years 7, 8 or 9.

I Am ThunderTitle: I Am Thunder
Author: Muhammad Khan

A thought provoking tale of Muzna’s life as a muslim and her journey to find out who she is and where she belongs.  A brilliant debut novel by an inspiring author.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Are We All Lemmings & SnowflakesTitle: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes
Author: Holly Bourne

Olive doesn’t want to know her ‘diagnosis’ but does agree to go to Camp Reset. A painfully honest look at mental health in teens, with strong lead characters and brilliantly written.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

The Wizards of OnceTitle: The Wizards of Once
Author: Cressida Cowell

A magical story of a young boy wizard Xar and a young girl warrior Wish.  If they can stop fighting long enough will they realise that an ancient evil is trying to return?  A fantastic story for everyone to enjoy from the best-selling author of the ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ series.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

The Island at the End of EverythingTitle: The Island at the End of Everything
Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Ami lives on a beautiful island and even though her mother is ill she lives a happy life.  This all changes when the government official arrives on the island and declares it a leper colony.  Ami is taken to another island to live in an orphanage but will she be able to see her mother one more time? The author has based her story on the real life island of Culion in the Philippines that was the world’s largest colony of lepers from 1906 to 1998.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

The Ruins of GorlanTitle: The Ruins of Gorlan
Author: John Flanagan

This book is full of action, adventure and fantasy and a must read for fans of Tolkien. Will, an orphan, hopes to be a knight but is chosen as a Ranger’s apprentice.  Will his training help with the battle that is coming to the kingdom?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Kingdom of AshTitle: Kingdom of Ash
Author: Sarah J. Maas

Aelin’s journey from slave to queen reaches a dramatic conclusion in the final book of the Throne of Glass series.  Will she escape from the iron coffin, will she be able to save her kingdom or will she pay the ultimate price to protect those she loves?  A brilliant series for fans of epic fantasy.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Archive – Recommended Reads

Autumn Term 2018

Autumn Term 2018

Title: The Girlfriend
Author: Michelle Frances

A psychological thriller that proves to be a compelling read. Laura cannot wait to meet her son’s new girlfriend but something doesn’t feel right, yet nobody else can see it. An unforgiveable lie will test the strength of all the relationships.

Suitable for years 10 and 11 only. This is an adult book and is therefore not suitable or recommended for years 7, 8 or 9.

Title: Faceless
Author: Alyssa Sheinmel

Maisie loves running but whilst out one day she is burnt in a freak accident.  Coming to terms with her ‘new face’ proves difficult and adjusting to her new life is almost impossible.  No matter how many times she is told she is lucky she just doesn’t see it.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Walled City
Author: Ryan Graudin

Run fast, trust no one, always carry a knife.  These are the three rules to help you survive in the walled city. A fast paced and brilliantly written book that takes you deep in to the underworld of criminal activity.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: A Place Called Perfect
Author: Helena Duggan

Moving to a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop going blind is not the town that Violet wants to live in.  Even worse, she has to behave and be ‘perfect’, which is one step too far.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Ash Princess
Author: Laura Sebastian

This is a brilliant debut novel and thoroughly recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas.  Thora was born a princess but lives a terrible life under the Kaiser who killed her mother.  Can she find the strength to fight back and be the Queen her country needs her to be?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas

A group of friends are enjoying a luxury break when Anna’s best friend is brutally murdered.  Anna soons finds her innocence being questioned and is put on trial.  Will the truth shock everyone?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Smoke Thieves
Author: Sally Green

If you love Sarah J. Maas you need to read this book.  A princess, a soldier, a hunter, a traitor, a thief all find themselves on a journey never to forget.  This is a story that you never want to end.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Shatter Me
Author: Tahereh Mafi

A dystopian delight!  A girl that cannot touch without hurting is held prisoner by the Reestablishment.  To find her freedom she must look to her past.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: After The Fire
Author: Will Hill

YA Book of the Year 2018 award winner.  Father John controls everything and everyone living behind the fence. After the fire things change and Moonbeam starts to question if their way of living was the right way. Although this book is a work of fiction the author gained inspiration from the Waco siege.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Still Me
Author: Jojo Moyes

Book three in the award winning ‘You Before Me’ Series.  Louisa moves to New York to start a new job, confident that this new adventure is the right step for her.  Can she embrace the challenge and will her relationship with Sam survive?

Suitable for years 10 and 11 only.  This is an adult book and is therefore not suitable or recommended for years 7, 8 or 9.

Summer Term 2018

Summer Term 2018

Title: I Have No Secrets
Author: Penny Joelson

Jemma knows who committed the murder but how can you tell when you have no voice?  Suffering from cerebral palsy Jemma is unable to communicate with anyone.  Will a breakthrough in medical technology help or will it just put her in danger?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Abomination
Author: Robert Swindells

Martha knows the family secret and must not tell anyone about the abomination. When she makes her first real friend, will she reveal the truth?  A short read that is very thought-provoking.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Arthur
Author: Mikael Lindnord

This is a heart- warming true story of a stray dog and an adventure racer in Ecuador. After feeding him a meatball Arthur becomes Mikael’s shadow and follows him through the jungle. A bond quickly forms between them and Mikael knows he needs to bring Arthur home with him to Sweden? Will their story have a happy ending?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Shell
Author: Paula Rawsthorne

Living with cancer has become too much for Lucy so when she wakes up in a new body how will she react?  Unable to live as Lucy she questions whether her parents were right to make this decision.  How far would you go to stay alive?

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: How To Hang A Witch
Author: Adriana Mather

Moving to Salem Sam discovers she is not welcome. The witch trials still have a firm grip on the town and with the surname Mather there is going to be trouble. Can she help prevent the curse from being rekindled or is she the reason for it? A great read.

This book has been rated 11+ and therefore suitable for all year groups.

Title: Murder Most Unladylike
Author: Robin Stevens

This is the perfect book for students who like a mystery to solve.  For fans of Sherlock Holmes with a modern twist.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Hidden
Author: Miriam Halahmy

How far would you go to protect a stranger? This is the difficult decision that Alix and Samir have to make when they find a man washed up on Hayling Island beach.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Pax
Author: Sara Pennypacker

A heart-warming story of the bond between a young boy and his pet fox. When his father returns Pax to the wild what lengths will Peter go to be reunited? A great read for fans of Michael Morpurgo and Sam Angus.

This book is suitable for all year groups.

Title: Dear Martin
Author: Nic Stone

A fantastic read that is loosely based on real life events. Despite being a ‘good kid’ Justyce becomes a victim of racial profiling and ends up in police handcuffs. A really thought provoking book with so many issues raised that you cannot put the book down.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Spring Term 2018

Spring Term 2018

Title: Sweetfreak
Author: Sophie McKenzie

Your best friend is being bullied online and to make matters worse everyone thinks it’s you.  Carey once a popular girl now feels alone but is determined to find the truth.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Killables
Author: Gemma Malley

A world where they don’t believe in evil and citizens may only live in the city if the ‘evil’ part of their brain is removed.  Any bad signs and you are labelled a K but what happens to you then and who should you really trust? This is the perfect book for dystopian fans.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio

One of the best books in the library and now with the release of the film it is even more popular.  A beautifully written, roller coaster book of emotions where the main character Auggie’s journey stays with you long after you finish reading.

This book is suitable for all age groups.

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas

Starr is the only witness to the shooting of a friend by a policeman.  She needs to decide if protecting the poor neighbourhood she was born in is more important that the life she leads at her posh high school.   This is a book to make you stop and think.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy

Willowdean has always been comfortable in her own skin, proud of her size and accepts being called Dumplin’ by her former beauty queen mum. She only starts to doubt herself when the new boy in town notices her. Will entering the Miss Clover beauty pageant get her self-confidence back?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Ask The Passengers
Author: A.S. King

Astrid spends hours watching the planes fly over her house, she doesn’t know the passengers but feels they are the only people who will not judge her.  This is a beautifully written story of a girl struggling with her identity, she doesn’t want to be labelled she just wants to be accepted for who she is.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: Eeny Meeny
Author: M.J. Arlidge

This is the first book in a detective series set in Southampton.  This is not for the faint hearted as a serial killer is on the loose and is out to play twisted mind games with his victims.

Suitable for years 10 and 11 only.  This is an adult book and is therefore not suitable or recommended for years 7, 8 or 9.

Autumn Term 2017

Autumn Term 2017

The Good DaughterTitle: The Good Daughter
Author: Karin Slaughter

Two sisters are forced in to the woods at gun point, one sister runs and the other stays. 28 years later life has moved on but secrets still surround them. This is a psychological thriller that you cannot put down.

Suitable for years 10 and 11 only. This is an adult book and is therefore not suitable or recommended for years 7, 8 or 9

Dividing EdenTitle: Diving Eden
Author: Joelle Charbonneau

This is a fantastic book from the best-selling author of the Testing series. If you love the Throne of Glass series this is the perfect book for you. A fantasy book that has lots of mystery and intrigue and two twins forced in to a competition neither want to take part in.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Being Miss NobodyTitle: Being Miss Nobody
Author: Tamsin Winter

This is a moving story of a young girl’s struggle to be heard. Rosalind is shy and can only speak in front of family and people she trusts. A new school proves a daunting place to be until she finds her voice through her blog.

This book has been rated 11+ and is therefore suitable for all year groups.

Blood GuardTitle: The Blood Guard
Author: Carter Roy

The Blood Guard are an ancient order of knights who are sworn to protect the thirty-six pure. Ronan Truelove is drawn in to this world by accident but soon discovers he is not the ordinary boy he thinks he is. This is a perfect book for those who like a mix of fantasy, action and adventure.

This book has been rated 11+ and is therefore suitable for all year groups.

One Of Us Is LyingTitle: One Of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen M.McManus

Five students walk in to detention. Only four leave alive. Each student has a secret that they want to hide at all costs but how far will they go to protect it?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

The PowerTitle: The Power
Author: Naomi Alderman

The Power starts with one or two but quickly spreads until women all over the world start taking control. They can inflict pain with a flick of the finger and no man is safe. Where will it end?

Suitable for years 10 and 11 only. This is an adult book and is therefore not suitable or recommended for years 7, 8 or 9.

Summer Term 2017

Summer Term 2017

Title: The Edge of Everything
Author: Jeff Giles

A mixture of fantasy, dystopia, romance, mystery and a great story line that keeps you hooked throughout. When a boy comes to Zoe’s rescue it starts a chain of events that no-one can see coming and really will push them to the edge of everything!

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: My Name’s Not Friday
Author: Jon Walter

This is a worthy inclusion in the Hampshire Book Award 2017. A gripping read about Samuel, a young boy who takes the blame for his brother’s mistake and as a result is sold into slavery.  He loses his name, his freedom and his home but never gives up on finding his brother again. This is a moving and beautiful written story.

This book has been rated 11+ and is therefore suitable for all year groups.

Title: Six of Crows
Author: Leigh Bardugo

A fantasy novel that has great characters and a storyline full of twists and turns. A group of thieves are hired to commit the impossible crime but will the Ice Court prove to be one job too far?

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: 13 Minutes
Author: Sarah Pinborough

Natasha wants the answers to why she ended up in the icy water, why she was dead for 13 minutes and why she no longer trusts her best friends? A great read for fans of the Pretty Little Liars series. This is a psychological thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Gender Game
Author: Bella Forrest

This is the perfect book for fans of Hunger Games or Divergent. Set in a world where women rule the East and men rule the West. Violet wants to save her brother and will stop at nothing to do so even if it means a dangerous mission to Patrus.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon

Do you believe in fate? Do you believe in soul mates?  If you do, you must read this book. Natasha and Daniel meet on the day she is due to be deported. He makes it his mission to make the level headed Natasha realise that they are meant to be together.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

Spring Term 2017

Spring Term 2017

Under Rose Tainted SkiesTitle: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall

This is a very moving and thought provoking story of Norah’s life living with agoraphobia. You see her daily struggle to maintain control and the lengths she goes to in order to make herself feel safe. All that is put at risk when she finds herself drawn to the new boy who moves in next door.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

All The Bright PlacesTitle: All The Bright Places
Author: Jennifer Niven

For fans of John Green this is a must read! Two students each find themselves on the school roof at the same time with issues that are overwhelming to them both. The characters are memorable and the journey they travel is unforgettable!

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

The Queen of the TearlingTitle: The Queen of the Tearling
Author: Erika Johansen

For fans of Sarah J.Maas and Victoria Aveyard. After being raised in secret Kelsea must try to claim her throne. Her Uncle, under the influence of the Red Queen, tries to stop her and so Kelsea must win the hearts of her people and her guards to fulfil her destiny to become Queen.

This is an adult book and therefore suitable for years 10 and 11 only.

Thirteen Days of MidnightTitle: Thirteen Days of Midnight
Author: Leo Hunt

This is perfect for fans of Derek Landy and Darren Shan. At a meeting with his father’s solicitor, Luke is told he is now a millionaire! Just one problem – he has also inherited eight very mean ghosts as part of the package! A great fantasy book that will keep you entertained throughout.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

OneTitle: One
Author: Sarah Crossan

This is a beautifully written story and worthy winner of many awards. Conjoined twins Grace and Tippi love their life, their friendship and their unbreakable bond. A life changing decision lies ahead but what does it mean for them? A book that you really cannot put down.

This book has been rated 14-19 and is therefore suitable for years 9, 10 and 11 or for any students in years 7 and 8 that have no restrictions on their account.

We Are All Made of MoleculesTitle: We Are All Made of Molecules
Author: Susin Nielsen

A look at family life through the eyes of a 13 year old who sees things a little bit different to most people. A great read for fans of Kim Slater and R.J. Palacio.

This book has been rated 11+ and is therefore suitable for all year groups.