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KS3 ENGLISH YEAR 9 SUGGESTED READING LIST

KS3 English Suggested Reading List

KS3 ENGLISH YEAR 9 SUGGESTED READING LIST KS3 English Suggested Reading List

As well as your normal studies in English, try to read as much as possible. Not only is this entertaining and relaxing but it can also help you to develop both your reading and writing skills to help you progress on your course.

Below are some suggested books and authors for you to try. Try to read from the different genres and try books you wouldn’t normally. If you have a library near to you visit that too and chat to the librarians as I am sure they recommend many more to you as well.

Please note that some of these books are aimed at Young Adults (such as 14+ or 16+ in some cases.) Parents / observers of the course are recommended to check the suitability of the books.

Fantasy / Science Fiction

Author

Book

Description

Neil Gaiman

Coraline

Coraline finds a secret door which leads to another world.

Terry Pratchet

Discworld Series

This starts with the Color of Magic but can be read as stand alones – ‘Mort’ is also a good one to try.

J R R Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

Classic fantasy saga.

Patrick Ness

The Knife of Never Letting Go

fast-paced dystopian adventure set in Prentisstown.

A

Robin Hobb

Farseer Trilogy

This starts with the ‘Assassin’s Apprentice’ all set in a fantasy world.

Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows

Kaz (alongside some of the deadliest outcasts

in

the city) plans a heist.

Amie Kaufman / Jay Kristoff

Illuminae

Set in 2575 and told through a dossier of documents, emails and reports.

Ernest Cline

Ready Player One

Set in the year 2045 and includes virtual reality.

Amanda Hocking

Switched

The first in a fantasy trilogy.

Rick Yancey

The 5 th Wave

Sci-fi action / adventure about Earth’s last survivors.

Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys

The first book in the popular ‘Raven Boys’ series.

Marissa Meyer

Cinder

A futuristic retelling of Cinderella’s story.

Holly Black

The Cruel Prince

Set in a court of Faeries.

Stephanie Garber

Caraval

The Caraval is a yearly performance where the audience takes part as well.

Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thrones and Roses

Set in a magical kingdom, Feyre is arrested for the murder of a faerie.

Jay Kristoff

Nevernight

A

fledging killer joins a school of assassins.

Sara Holland

Everless

Set in the Kingdom Sempera where time is currency.

KS3 ENGLISH YEAR 9 SUGGESTED READING LIST

Historical Reads

Author

Book

Description

Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea

Set in World War Two the story of two refugees.

Philip Pullman

Ruby in the Smoke

Set in Victorian England, this is part adventure, thriller and a mystery story. The first in a trilogy.

Horror / Thriller

Author

Book

Description

Marcus Sedgwick

Revolver

 

Charlie Higson

The Enemy

The first in a series zombie Horror for teens.

Kevin Brooks

Black Rabbit Summer

A

girl goes missing and a friend is accused of

the murder.

Roxanne St Claire

They All Fall Down

Contemporary thriller set in a high school.

C L Taylor

The Treatment

Drew’s brother is sent to a residential reform school but it has many dark secrets.

Teri Terry

Slated

Kyla’s memory has been erased and she has been told she was a terrorist.

Megan Abbott

You Will Know Me

This author has written many YA thrillers. This one is about a murder in a close-knit community.

Lois Duncan

I know what you did Last Summer

An accident which changes the lives of a group of friends forever.

Contemporary / Teen Issues

Author

Book

Description

Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

A

coming of age tale of fan fiction, family and

first love.

Sarah Dessen

Along for the Ride

Teen issues and romances she has written many books.

Sandhya Moon

When Dimple Met Rishi

About arranged marriages and love

Angie Thomas

The Hate you Give

About the fatal shooting by a police offer. Issues of class and poverty.

Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

About a girl with a rare disease and is unable to leave the house.

Alice Oseman

Solitaire

story about friendship, love and growing up.

A

Phyllida Shrimpton

Sunflowers in February

A funny yet sad story about death.

Ceceila Ahern

Flawed

A perfect young woman breaks the law and

could be imprisoned.

Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Written in the form of letters from a high- school boy (please note this includes themes such as drugs)

John Green

The Fault is in our Stars

A

heart-breaking book about illness.

KS3 ENGLISH YEAR 9 SUGGESTED READING LIST

Classics / Challenging Reads

Author

Book

Description

Yann Martel

Life of Pi

A

fantasy adventure about a boy who is

stranded on a boat with a Bengal Tiger.

Jane Austen

Emma

Emma is content in her life and sees no need for love or marriage.

Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

A

story of childhood and racial inequality.

William Golding

Lord of the Flies

group of British boys are stranded on an inhabited island.

A

Daphne Du

Rebecca

A

new wife marries a widower but the

Maurier

mystery of his first wife causes tension.

Wilkie Collins

Woman in White

Classic gothic horror.

Charles Dickens

Bleak House

A

tale of courts which helped spur a

movement which culminated in legal reforms in 1870’s. A lengthy read!

Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

Jane, an orphan, is hired to look after Mr Rochester’s ward.

John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men

Two outsiders try to find work an emotional read.

HG Wells

War of the Worlds

Science fiction based on a Martian attack on Earth.

Jules Verne

Around the World in eighty days.

Phileas Fogg rashly bets hid companions that he can travel around the globe in just 80 days.

S E Hinton

The Outsiders

Two rival gangs are pitted against each other’s – The ‘Socs’ and the ‘Greasers’

Useful websites The above list should give you a starting point if you are stuck for something to read but below are some links to websites which will help you find many more books to read:

http://www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk/home/index.php (each year they have a list of the best books each year which are up for a prestigious award you could read the list and then see if your favourite wins. Many schools do this in the UK and often there is a mix of different books to enjoy)

http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children (recommendations, competitions etc.)

http://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ (lots of reviews and recommendations)

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site (new reviews and news stories on the book awards)