Reading List Year 9 (13 & 14 Year Olds)

Posted by Chiara on 09/04/2013

Each book in the reading list is allocated a number – 1 being an easy read and rising to 3, which is a more difficult read. There are a couple of 4’s for those who want to be stretched further. Please note that there are comments about the type of content as some books require a level of maturity from the reader. The aim is to try and read from a variety of different genres and build on the level of difficulty as you progress. 

Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie (1) what would you do if you thought you were the young girl on a missing persons' website?
 
Let it Snow by John Green (1) three linked short stories with a Christmas and teen love theme
 
The Fall by Anthony McGowan (1) teen friendship decisions, dyslexic friendly
 
Some of Tim's Stories by SE Hinton (1) Short, individual chapters. Beautiful writing.
 
Divergent by Veronica Roth (1) dystopian fantasy
 
The Outsiders by S E Hinton (1) gangs and adventure, but thought provoking too
 
My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher (1) easy to read, amusingly written but sad and thought provoking too
 
You Don't Know Me by David Klass (1) a difficult home life and struggles at school
 
 
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K Larsen by Susin Nielsen (1) bullying caused Henry's brother to do something stupid and now Henry is paying the price
 
The Double Life of Cassiel Roadnight by Jenny Valentine (1) a stolen identity, family secrets, a mystery disappearance
 
Control by Kim Curran (1) not a difficult read but read Shift first so it's easier to follow the story
 
Gone by Michael Grant (1) all humans over the age of 16 disappear leaving children in charge
 
(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai (2) a Sikh teenage boy is under to pressure to enter into an arranged marriage at seventeen
 
Say Her Name by James Dawson (2) not a hard read but very scary
 
Lottie Biggs is (Not) Mad by Hayley Long (2) funny, ammusing and heart wrenching

The Diaries of Bluebell Gadsby: After iris by Natasha Farrant (2) a dysfunctional family copes with the loss of a child

 
Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy (2) should child murderers be allowed a new life? A straightforward read that is a fantastic basis for discussions
 
Illegal, Hidden and Stuffed by Miriam Halahmy (2) tough subjects, strong characters, plenty to think about
 
The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis (2) a young boy learns to cope with fear and anger 
 
The Worst Girlfriend in the World by Sarra Manning (2) will appeal to those interested in fashion, fun but makes you think too
 
Torn by David Massey (2) the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of a young, female, army medic - mystery and trauma and a smattering of romance
 
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (2) an interesting and little known period in history, adventure, love, sadness
 
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (2) a captured SOE spy in WW2. Is she really betraying her friends?
 
Bog Child by Siobahn Dowd (2) set during the IRA hunger strikes, learn about this difficult part of Great Britain's history 
 
If I Stay by Gayle Forman (2) should Mia fight to stay alive or should she give up?
 
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (2) a collection of tapes are sent in the post and they detail the reasons that led a girl to commit suicide
 
Boys Don't Knit by Tom Easton (2) a book to make you laugh and think
 
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin (2) who would throw acid in the face of the prettiest girl at school?
 
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner (2) written in an engaging tone, an unusual tale of a controlling society and a questionable moon landing
 
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray (2) a group of boys struggle with the death of a friend
 
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper (2) the settlement of the whites in America 
 
Heroic by Phil Earle (2) - what is it that makes you a hero?
 
The Noble Conflict by Malorie Blackman (2) - a challenging dystopian novel
 
Blood Red Road by Moira Young (2) a dystopian future, exciting and adventurous, written in an unusual English style
 
 
Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (2) sci-fi, fantasy
 
The Seeing by Diane Hendry (2) post WW2, are there still Nazis in hiding? Can the little boy really see truth? Is exciting just plain dangerous?
 
What's Up with Jody Barton by Hayley Long (2) teen sexuality, beautifully and amusingly written
 
Tamar by Mal Peet (3) betrayal, love and jealousy, WW2, spies 
 
The Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta (3) dystopian future where water is scarce
 
We Were Liars by E.Lockhart (3) a priviledged family is hit by tragedy
 
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (3) the horrors of WW2 concentration camps
 
All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry (3) a historical love story
 
Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman (3) written in verse, bullying, friendship
 
Being Billy by Phil Earle (3) Billy has lived in a care home for years and he is angry.
 
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine (3) coping with a brother's death and parent's depression
 
Themba: A Boy Called Hope by Lutz van Dijk (3) South Africa: poverty, struggles, AIDS
 
Freaks Like Us by Susan Vaught (3) the reality of schizophrenia
 
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick (3) the killing fields of Cambodia
 
The Wall by William Sutcliffe (3) not a difficult read but a subject that benefits from maturity
 
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perriera (4) a teenage boy is sent to Guantanamo Bay
 
The Help by Katherine Stockett (4) 1960's America and prejudice in the Southern States 
 
Empire of the Sun by J G Ballard (4) life in a Japanese internment camp during WW2
 
Brighton Rock by Graham Green (4) gang troubles in Brighton