Student Recommended Reading


The Diary of a Young Girl: Definitive Edition

by Anne Frank

Recommended by Meshach (Year 11)

First published over sixty years ago, Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl has reached millions of young people throughout the world.

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.

'One of the greatest books of the [last] century' - Guardian


 

Illustrated Dictionary of Science

by various authors

Recommended by Connor (Year 8)

This is a new edition of this popular title, which provides a fantastic reference point for students studying for their SATs and GCSEs. It is split into three sections, each covering the key aspects of the curriculum for Physics, Biology and Chemistry, and including important charts, tables and lists. It is brightly and clearly illustrated. It is internet-linked to further online educational resources through the Usborne Quicklinks website.


 

Heroes of Olympus Book 4: The House of Hades

by Rick Riordan

Recommended by Patrick (Year 8)

The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there'll be hell on Earth. Literally.

Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there's a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them.

Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain - in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.


 

Girl Online

by Zoe Sugg

Recommended by Amber (Year 9)

This is the incredible debut novel from YouTube phenomenon Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella.

I have this dream that, secretly, all teenage girls feel exactly like me. And maybe one day, when we realize that we all feel the same, we can all stop pretending we're something we're not...But until that day, I'm going to keep it real on this blog and keep it unreal in real life.

Penny has a secret. Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, high school drama, her crazy family, and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah, a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret, too, one that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.


 

Spook's: A New Darkness (The Starblade Chronicles)

by Joseph Delaney

Recommended by Freddie (Year 9)

For years, the local Spook kept the county safe from evil. But now his time has ended, and there is only one boy who can take over – Thomas Ward, barely more than a child himself. Now he too must take on an apprentice, a girl called Jenny who is untested but willing to be trained in the dangerous life of a Spook.

When girls start dying in mysterious circumstances, they soon find themselves on the path of a terrifying and deadly beast. Monstrous assassins are loose in the County, and far to the north, a new darkness is rising that threatens to engulf the whole world. Do Tom and Jenny stand a chance against the might of the Kobalos?


 

Divergent (Book 1)

by Veronica Roth

Recommended by Jodie (Year 10)

For sixteen-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs.

Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead.

A debut novel that will leave you breathless.


 

Looking for Alaska

by John Green

Recommended by Chelsie (Year 11)

The unmissable first novel from bestselling and award-winning author of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

Miles Halter’s whole life has been one big non-event, until he meets Alaska Young. Gorgeous, clever and undoubtedly screwed-up, Alaska draws Miles into her reckless world and irrevocably steals his heart. For Miles, nothing can ever be the same again.

‘Looking for Alaska’ brilliantly captures the exquisite painful joy of living and loving. Poignant, funny, heartbreaking and compelling, this novel will stay with you forever.