Heathcote's Recommended Reads

At Heathcote, we challenge all of our pupils to achieve their goals. One way in which pupils can ensure they are at the ‘top of their game’ in lessons is to read a minimum of 60 minutes every week. Below is a list of recommended books which we think you will enjoy, all of which pupils can borrow from the School Library. Feel free to print this list out and tick off the books as you read them, and please ask the Librarians if you need any help!

Year 7 readers

Jessica's Ghost Andrew Norriss  
Tom Gates L. Pichon  
Harry Potter J. K. Rowling  
Billionaire Boy David Walliams  
Shadow House Dan Poblocki  
Dork Diaries Renee Russell  
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney  
Zom-B Darren Shan  
Storm Catchers Tim Bowler  
Joe Cowley Ben Davis  
Ghost Mine M.G. Harris  
Darkmouth Shane Hegarty  
Millions Frank Cotterill Boyce  
Maggot Moon Sally Gardner  


Year 8 readers (or books with more challenge)

I am Number 4 Pitticus Lore  
Gone Michael Grant  
Geek Girl Holly Smale  
Checkmate Malorie Blackman  
Once Morris Gleitzman  
Gallagher Girls Ally Carter  
Recruit Robert Muchamore  
Ratburger David Walliams  
What Not To Do If You Turn Invisible Ross Welford  
Murder Most Unladylike Robin Stevens  
Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  
Young Sherlock Holmes Andrew Lane  
Boy X Dan Smith  
Middle School James Patterson  
Maze Runner James Dashner  


Year 9 readers (or books with even more challenge)

Paper Towns John Green  
Dark Prophecy Rick Riordan  
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee  
Lie Truth Frances Hardinge  
The Earth is Singing Vanessa Curtis  
Demon Road Derek Landy  
Everything Everything Nicola Yoon  
Found Harlan Coben  
Hour of the Bees Lindsay Eagar  
Bud not Buddy C. P. Curtis  
Divergent Veronica Roth  
Percy Jackson Rick Riordan  
Woman in Black Susan Hill  
Stolen Lucy Christopher  
Silence is Goldfish Annabel Pitcher  


Reading at GCSE level

Holding Up the Universe Jennifer Niven  
One Sarah Crossan  
Under My Skin James Dawson  
Wait For Me Caroline Leech  
Quiet Kind of Thunder Sara Barnard  
The Giver Lois Lowry  
Flawed Celia Ahern  
Problem with Forever Jennifer Armentrout  
Confessions of a Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella  
Looking Glass Girl Anne Cassidy  
Oblivion Anthony Horowitz  
Resurrection Derek Landy  
Bodyguard-Hostage Chris Bradford  
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini  
The Dead Charlie Higson  


Reading at A-Level


Gulliver's Travels Jonathan Swift  
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen  
War of the Worlds H. G. Wells  
Great Expectations Charles Dickens  
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte  
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte  
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorn  
The Woman in White Wilkie Collins  
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Lewis Stevenson  
Little Women Louisa M. Alcott  
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll  
Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain  
The Call of the Wild Jack London  
The Thirty-Nine Steps John Buchan  
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald  
Brave New World Aldous Huxley  
Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell  
Catcher in the Rye J. D Salinger  
The Lord of The Rings J.R.R Tolkien  
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe  
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison  
Lanark Alasdair Gray  
Money Martin Amis  
Wise Children Angela Carter  
Atonement Ian McEwan  
Northern Lights Philip Pullman  
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath  
Death in Venice Thomas Mann  
On the Road Jack Kerouac  
The Chrysalids John Wyndham  
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula Le Guin  
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison  
The Colour Purple Alice Walker  


The Establishment and How They Get Away With It Owen Jones  
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Changed the World Malala Yousafzai  
Inequality and the 1% Danny Dorling  
The Rights of Man and/or Common Sense Thomas Paine  
Honourable Friends? Caroline Lucas  
Syriza Kevin Ovenden  
Essays George Orwell  
Poor Economics Abhijit Banerjee and Ester Duflo  
Suffagette: My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst  
A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson  
Portrait of An Age: Victorian England G. M. Young  
The Mismeasure of Man Steven Jay Gould  
The Voyage of the Beagle and/or On The Origin of the Species Charles Darwin  
Hiroshima John Hersey  
The Story of Art Ernst Gombrich  
Image Music Text Roland Barthes  
The Revenge of Gaia James Lovelock  
The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire Edward Gibbon  
The History of England Thomas Babington Macaulay  
The Making of the English Working Class E.P. Thompson  
The Age of Extremes: A History of the World 1914-1991 Eric Hobsbawm  
Postwar Tony Jodt  
The Journalist and the Murderer Janet Malcolm  
Dispatches Michael Herr  
The Image of Africa Chinua Achebe  
Godel, Escher, Bach: An External Golden Braid Douglas Hofstadter  
Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank  
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Mary Wollstonecraft  
The Wretched of the Earth Franz Fanon  
The Medium is the Message Marshall McLuhan  
The Character of Physical Law Richard Feynman  
The Double Helix James Watson  
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins  
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking