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to read when you’re in

Pupils versus Staff


The books in this list were inspired by the “Writes of Passage” list compiled by the World Book Day organisation.—that is where all the category headings come from. We had to change the list a bit as we only have Year 7s in the school at the moment.

Not all the books will appeal to everyone! It is important that you choose a book that you think you’re going to like. To help you every book picture is a link to either a trailer, the author’s website or a review of the book. Get browsing, pick one that interests you, and then get reading! Once you’re done, post a review on Eclipse and see if you can beat the staff to reading all the books!

Parents: Get involved too! Read some of the books on this list—find new classics and if you want to post a review on my blog.

There really are some fantastic books on this list! Enjoy!


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Angus, Thongs and perfect Snogging by Louise Rennison


The Graveyeard Book by Neil Gaiman

Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley

Room 13 by Robert Swindells

Candle Man by Glenn Dakin

Lord Loss by Darren Shan


Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper

The Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien


Marley & Me by John Grogan

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Watership Down by Richard Adams

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Skellig by David Almond

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher


The Wall by William Sutcliffe

A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowden

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Wonder by R J Palacio

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner The Hunger Games by Susanne Collins

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Divergent by Veronica Roth


1. P

2. F

3. T

Binny for Short by Hilary McKay

Forever by Judy Blume

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

The Unfinished Angel by Sharon Creech

4. B

5. T

6. H


The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

1. T

2. T

3. T

4. A 5. A

A Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson


50 books to read in Year 7  

Here is Cambourne VC's list of 50 books to read in Year 7. It is inspired by the World Book Day's "Writes of Passage" which invited people t...

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