A Swift Pure Cry, Siobhan Dowd

Shell is fifteen, neglected and lonely and when she finds herself pregnant there is no one she can turn to. Siobhan Dowd based this book on two true stories that shocked Ireland in the 1980s, but the lyrical quality of her writing ensures that this is far more than a standard issue-based teen novel. Dowd’s tragically early death deprived the world of a wonderful writer.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: Yes, Y9

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE (family relationships, teen pregnancy)

If you like this author try: Malorie Blackman, Patrick Ness

 

A  Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

When your mother is dying of cancer, how are you expected to feel?  Conor is angry and taking it out on everyone around him. Fans of Patrick Ness may be surprised at how different this book is to his Monsters of Men trilogy: based on an idea that his friend Siobhan Dowd didn’t live to write herself, the writing has the lyrical feel associated with her work. A well-deserved winner of both the 2012 Carnegie Prize and the Kate Greenaway medal for its haunting illustrations.

Age: 12-16

Suitable for a class reader: Yes, Y8/9

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE (family relationships, death)

If you like this author try: Siobhan Dowd

 

Across the Barricades, Joan Lingard,Penguin, 1972

Romeo and Juliet story, written at the height of the Troubles, about a Protestant girl and a Catholic boy who incur the wrath of family and community by falling in love.  Second book of series of five which follow the fortunes of Kevin and Sadie through their escape from Northern Ireland and exile in London. Gives an excellent insight into the issues facing working-class people in Northern Ireland during the Troubles. There is also a playscript of the novel and some excellent resources on Teachit to support both novel and play.

Age: 10-14 (KS3)

Suitable for class reader: Y8

Genre: History, Romance

Cross-Curricular Links: History – Northern Ireland

If you like this author try: Jennifer Johnston, Robert Westall

Similar titles: Shadows on our Skin, The Twelfth of July (first in trilogy), Into Exile, A Proper Place, Hostages to Fortune (last three in series), Bog Child, Divided City.

All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque       

A brilliant description of  World War One trench warfare as seen from the point of view of a young German soldier. Paul joins the army straight out of school on a wave or patriotic fervour, but disillusionment follows very quickly. A graphic description of the horror and futility of war.

Age: 14-16

Suitable for class reader: KS4 only.

Genre: History

Cross-Curricular Links: History – WW1

If you like this author try: Jennifer Johnston, Pat Barker

Similar titles: Regeneration, How Many Miles to Babylon, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

 

Battle Royale, Koushen Takami

Suzanne Collins has had to defend herself from claims that the Hunger Games bears a startingly amount of similarity to this Japanese novel in which, well, teens  are forced into an arena and forced to kill each other  until only one is left standing. You can see the point, but in fact the two books are very, very different. Battle Royale is far more graphically violent for one thing and being a novel in translation means that inevitably the quality of the writing can feel strained at times.

Age: 13-16 (KS4)

Suitable for class reader: No

Genre: Dystopian

Cross-Curricular Links: No

If you like this author try: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth

Similar titles: The Hunger Games, Insurgent.

 

Before I Die, Jenny Downham

Teenage girls never seem to tire of books about dying teenagers and this is a good one. Tessa is 16 and losing her battle with leukaemia. She has a bucket list though – from losing her virginity to taking drugs - and she is determined to see it through. The novel manages to stay on the right side of sentimentality and although it is impossible to write a book like this without consciously trying to manipulate readers’ emotions, the result isn’t crass.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE

If you like this author try: John Green, Gayle Forman

Similar Titles: If I Stay, The Fault in our Stars

 

Between Shades of Grey, Ruta Sepetys

Not to be confused with the very different 50 Shades of Grey, this excellent title from the Carnegie 2012 shortlist tells the story of 15-year-old Lina, a Lithuanian girl arrested by the Soviets in 1941 and sent to Siberia.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: Yes, Y9

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: History, WWII

If you like this author try: Morris Gleitzman

 

Bog Child, Siobhan Dowd

When Fergus and his uncle discover a child’s body buried in the bog on the Irish side of the Border, he is swept into an adult world of complications and discoveries. Set in the 1980s, the book explores the issues around the hunger strike, as Fergus tries to negotiate a web of complex loyalties, while Mel, whose body had lain undiscovered in the bog for nearly 2,000 years, tells her story through Fergus’ increasingly vivid dreams.  This novel is frequently taught in schools in Northern Ireland and there are some excellent schemes of work available for it.

Age: 13-16 (KS4)

Suitable for class reader: Yes, Y9

Genre: Historical

Cross-Curricular Links: Yes, History, Northern Ireland

If you like this author try: Jennifer Johnston,

Similar titles: Divided City, Across the Barricades, Shadows on our Skin

 

Boys Don’t Cry, Malorie Blackman,

Issue-based teen novel centring around a 17-year-old boy whose university plans are disrupted when his ex-girlfriend drops by with their hitherto unsuspected baby daughter – and leaves without a forwarding address. If that isn’t enough issues for one story there is a sub-plot featuring his out and proud younger brother and homophobic best friend who turns out to be... you guessed it. Well-written though, and will appeal to boys and girls. Good if you want to tackle issues of sexual representation or homophobia.

Age 12-15 (KS3)

Suitable for a class reader: Y8/9

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE

If you like this author try: Kevin Brooks, Suzanne Collins, Benjamin Zephaniah

 

Charmed Life, Diana Wynne-Jones, Macmillan, London, 1977

Children born with magical powers who need to be sent to school in a castle to learn to use them properly... sound familiar. Charmed Life is funnier and not nearly so sinister as Harry Potter, but it will certainly appeal to HP fans. Charmed Life is the first in the very popular Chrestomanci series.

Age: 10-14

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre:  Fantasy

Cross-curricular links:

If you like this author try: JK Rowling, Angie Sage,

 

Divergent, Veronica Roth

Faster-paced than the Hunger Games, with more action and less introspection, Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic Chicago where society has been divided into five factions, each representing a different character trait. Beatrice (Tris) has been brought up in the self-denying Abnegation faction, but at the age of 16 she must choose for herself where she belongs. Turns out that she is Divergent, which means she could potentially fit into any one of three factions. She picks the Dauntless faction, whose physical courage she both admires and is intimidated by... but does she know just what she has let herself in for... Fans of the Hunger Games will love this one.

Age: 10-14

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre:  Fantasy

Cross-curricular links:

If you like this author try: JK Rowling, Angie Sage,

 

Divided City, Theresa Breslin

Better known for her historical fiction, this contemporary novel by the award-winning Scottish novelist Theresa Breslin is an uncompromising look at sectarianism in Glasgow seen through the eyes of Catholic Joe and Protestant Graham, united by a shared love of football, but divided by the bigotry of their communities. When one of them witnesses an attack on an asylum seeker, things get even more complicated. An excellent choice for a Y8 class novel.

Age: 12-15

Suitable for a class reader: Y8

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: History, RE

If you like this author try:  Malorie Blackman, Joan Lingard

Similar books: Across the Barricades, Fat Boy Swim

Fat Boy Swim, Catherine Forde

The story of a fat Glaswegian teenage boy called Jimmy who learns to swim, gets his revenge on the bullies who torment him, finds true love and uncovers a few family secrets along the way, this book ticks lots of issue boxes. Heavy on the Scottish slang the novel has an unconvincing plot, simplistic values and a lacklustre ending. I’m not that keen, but then I don’t like Stone Cold either and look how popular that is. There are a number of schemes of work and resources around to support it.

Age: 12-15

Suitable for a class reader: Y8/9

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE

If you like this author try:  Malorie Blackman, Robert Swindells

Similar books: Divided City, Fat Boy Swim

 

How Many Miles to Babylon?, Jennifer Johnston,

 A very similar storyline to Private Peaceful, but  this Irish classic is more reflective and literary and thus more suited to KS4 pupils or a high-ability Y9 class.

Age: 13-15

Suitable for a class reader: Y10-11

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: History (WWI)

If you like this author try:

Similar books: Private Peaceful, War Horse, Regeneration, My Dear I wanted to tell you, Birdsong

 

I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
A classic from the 1950s, but with a fairly recent film version (2007), this sci-fi favourite tells the story of Robert Neville, a lone human survivor of a virus that has turned the rest of the population into vampires. Battling against them as he tries to find a cure for the virus, he is eventually forced to confront the question of his essential humanity.

Age: 13-15

Suitable for a class reader: Y8-9

Genre: Science-Fiction

Cross-curricular links: Philosophy

If you like this author try: Patrick Ness, Kazuo Ishiguru

Similar books: Monsters of Men, Never Let me Go

I, Coriander, Sally Gardner

Timeslip/fantasy novel which creates a magical evocation of 17th century life. Would be a great choice to teach fairytales in KS3 as there is a lot of potential to explore structure and the elements of the fairytale.

Age: 11-13

Suitable for a class reader: Y7/8

Genre: Historical/Fantasy

Cross-curricular links: History – 17th Century

If you like this author try: Jennifer Donnelly

Similar books: Revolution

 

If I Stay, Gayle Forman

Mia is a coma after a car crash that killed her parents and younger brother. Poised between life and death, she needs to make a decision about which to choose.

Age: 12-15

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: John Green, Jenny Downham

Similar books: The Fault in our Stars, Before I Die

 

Life: An Exploded Diagram, Mal Peet

Growing up in Norfolk during the Cold War, the book intersperses Clem’s teenage love affair with factual accounts of the Cuban Missile Crisis in a beautifully written coming of age novel told in flashback. Mal Peet is a wonderful writer, and while perhaps not as good a novel as Tamar, this is well worth the read.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: Yes, Y9

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: Yes, history, Cold War

If you like this author try:

Similar books:

 

Lion Boy, Zizou Corder

First of a trilogy about a boy called Charlie Ashanti whose scientist parents are kidnapped. In his quest to find them he joins a circus where his secret ability to speak cat comes in very handy, especially when he sets the lions free...  Adventure story with an eco theme which appeals to both boys and girls. Would make a great class reader for Year 7.

Age: 11-13

Suitable for a class reader: Y7

Genre: Adventure

Cross-curricular links: Eco-awareness

If you like this author try: Michael Morpurgo, Sophie McKenzie

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs

An unusual fusion of old photographs and text, this cross-over YA novel is a compelling mystery, following the adventures of 16-year-old Jacob as he explores the mystery of the one-time residents of the eponymous children’s home.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Quirky Horror

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: John Green, Maureen Johnson

 

My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, Annabel Pitcher

Jamie doesn’t really remember his sister Rose, who was killed by a terrorist bomb five years ago. Nobody else in the family can forget her for a moment. The aftermath of her death has shattered their parent’s marriage, and forced Jamie and Rose’s twin sister Jasmine to deceive their obsessive father as they try to build their own lives in the shadow of the urn on the mantelpiece.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: Y8

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE

If you like this author try: David Almond,

 

Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

Kathy, Tommy and Ruth grew up in the strange environs of Hailsham House which combined elements of orphanage, boarding school, hospital and prisons. Slowly, they learn that they have a purpose in life that sets them apart from normal society; they are clones, bred to be harvested for their organs.

Age: 14-16

Suitable for a class reader: KS4

Genre: Science-fiction

Cross-curricular links: PSHE, cloning

If you like this author try: Richard Matheson, Margaret Atwood

Similar Books: I am Legend, The Handmaid’s Tale

 

 

Noughts and Crosses, Malorie Blackman

In a world run by Crosses, where Noughts are second-class citizens, ruthlessly repressed by the ruling caste, the romance between Sephy, a Cross and Callum, a Nought, is never going to run smoothly. But neither of them could predict just how bad it would be to fall in love with a member of the opposite group. This is a modern classic, frequently taught in Year 8 and there are a lot of lesson plans available online.

Age: 12-15

Suitable for a class reader: Y8-9

Genre: Dystopia

Cross-curricular links: Citizenship

If you like this author try: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Patrick Ness

 

Once, Morris Gleitzman

It’s 1942. Felix runs away from the Catholic orphanage in Poland where his Jewish parents placed him to try to keep him safe. On his journey to find them, he befriends the orphaned Zelda and together they plunge into the heart of darkness. If I were going to do a Holocaust novel at KS3 I would pick Once over The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas any day of the week. There is a sequel, Then, which is even more harrowing then Once.

Age: 11-14

Suitable for a class reader: Y7/8

Genre:  Historical – WW2

Cross-curricular links: History

If you like this author try: Judith Kerr, John Boyle,  Ian Serraillier, Anne Holm

Similar Books: When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Book Thief, I am David, The Silver Sword

 

One is One, Barbara Leonie Picard

Stephen wants to be a knight, but his father insists that he should become a monk. When he runs away from the monastery, a chance encounter with a knight called Sir Pagan enables him to fulfil his dreams. But then tragedy strikes.

Age: 11-13

Suitable for a class reader: Y7

Genre:  Historical

Cross-curricular links: KS3 history

If you like this author try: Rosemary Sutcliff, Henry Treece,

 

 

Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo

Heartbreaking story of the World War One trenches that never fails to engage young teenagers’ emotions. Morpurgo has revisited the ground he covered in War Horse, but this story is much bleaker and deals with the issues in a more complex way.

Age: 11-14

Suitable for a class reader: Y8

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: History (WWI)

If you like this author try: Jennifer Johnston

Similar books: How many miles to Babylon?, War Horse

 

Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier

The glamorous Maxim de Winter has swept his second wife off her feet, but living in the shadow of her predecessor is more difficult that she expected. Extracts from Rebecca could be very useful for a scheme of work on Gothic fiction.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: Y9

Genre: Gothic

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: Wilkie Collins, Susan Hill

Similar books: The Woman in White, The Woman in Black

 

Stargirl Jerry Spinelli

Set in an American high school, this sweet fable about the meaning of popularity explores the courage required to be a non-conformist teenager in a conformist world. The story is narrated by Leo, who falls in love with a new girl in school who wants to be known as Stargirl. Her eccentric behaviour and random acts of kindness make her popular at first and then cause her to be shunned.

Age: 11-15

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE – themes of bullying and conformity

If you like this author try: Sharon Creech

Similar books:

The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak

Flawed but fascinating tragedy set in WWII Germany, it follows the fortunes of Leisel through the horrors of the war. The main character in the book, however, is arguably the narrator – Death. Not suitable for KS3, but a challenging read for a bright KS4 pupil.

Age: 14-16

Suitable for a class reader: KS4

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: History - WWII

If you like this author try:  Morris Gleitzman, Berhard Schlink

Similar books:  The Reader, Once

 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Investigating the mysterious death of a neighbour’s dog, leads 15-year-old Christopher Boone on an adventure that ends up by not only solving the riddle of the dead dog, but also unravelling his own family secrets. The language is fairly explicit, possibly worthy of a parental advisory if using with Y7 or 8. Lots of good resources for teaching this, including a study pack from NATE and resources on Teachit and TES.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: Yes, Y9

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: PSHE – themes of bullying and conformity

If you like this author try:

Similar books: The London Eye Mystery

 

The Devil on the Road, Robert Westall, Macmillan, London, 1978

Seventies timeslip classic from the wonderful Robert Westall. Caught out on his motorbike in a rainstorm, student John Webster finds himself dragged into the 17th century where he is caught up in the evil machinations of witchfinder-general Matthew Hopkins.  Brilliantly evokes both periods of time in which it is set.

Age: 12-15

Suitable for a class reader: Independent reading

Genre: Thriller, Historical

Cross-curricular links: History (17th century Britain)

If you like this author try: Alex Scarrow

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

 

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

After narrowly escaping Earth’s destruction, Arthur Dent travels the galaxy with the help of tour guide Ford Prefect, on a quest to save the universe. Sci-Fi classic to press on pupils moving on from Terry Pratchett.

Age 11-16

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Science Fiction

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: Terry Pratchett

Similar Books: Tiffany Aching,

 

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Set in a dystopian world where the ruling elite punish the underclasses for a failed rebellion by demanding a tribute of young people every year  to take part in the murderous hunger games. This clever young adult novel fuses ancient myth, modern war and reality tv into an imagined world of unimaginable horror.  There are two sequels and with a film version already out, this would be an ideal class novel with a load of potential for a really imaginative scheme of work.

Age 11-14 (KS3)

Suitable for a class reader: Y8/9.

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Dystopia

Cross-curricular links: Media

If you like this author try: Patrick Ness, Veronica Roth, James Dashner

Similar Books: Divergent, The Maze Runner

 

The Knife of Never Letting Go, Patrick Ness, Walker, London, 2008

Dsytopian thriller. Todd Hewitt lives in Prentisstown, a town where all the women have disappeared and all the men can hear everyone else’s thoughts all the time, whether they want to or not. There is no escape from the overwhelming noise, until one day Todd finds a spot of silence. Then the trouble really starts. First of the Chaos Walking trilogy, it won the 2008 Guardian Children’s Fiction prize – the final volume, Monsters of Men won the 2011 Carnegie Prize.  My Y8 group who did this for guided reading absolutely loved it.

Age: 11-15

Suitable for a class reader: Y9/9

Genre: Thriller/Science-fiction

Cross-curricular links:

If you like this author try: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, James Dashner

Similar books: The Hunger Games

 

The Mark of the Horse-Lord, Rosemary Sutcliff

Sold to a gladiator school at the age of 13, Phaedrus manages to survive the horrors of the arena long enough to gain the coveted wooden sword earning him his freedom – though he has to kill his only friend in the process. Then a strange turn of fate finds him impersonating an exiled prince in order to seek revenge on an evil queen.

Age: 11-14

Suitable for a class reader: Out of print

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: KS 3 History

If you like this author try: Henry Treece, Simon Scarrow, Barbara Leonie Picard

 

The Maze Runner, James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up in a lift. His memory is blank. Thrust into a community of boys who call themselves Gladers, he tries to make sense of his surroundings and recover enough of his memory to figure out how to escape. Then a girl arrives. Another dystopian novel (first of a trilogy) in the same vein as The Hunger Games, although neither the character development nor the writing are quite as good. Plenty of action and a male central character give it boy-appeal though.

Age: 12-15

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Dystopian

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Gemma Malley, Patrick Ness

 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky

Awkward teenager ‘Charlie’ bares his soul in this epistolatory novel about the trials of being a nerd. Misunderstood teenagers of all ages will empathise with his musings on the nature of the inner life: "I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. If they like their jobs. Or us. And I wonder how smart they were when they were fifteen. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day, and how they are able to cope with having three quizzes and a book report due on top of that. Or wondering who did the heart breaking. And wondering why."  Funny and touching.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: No, but good for examples of epistolatory story-telling

Genre: Contemporary

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: John Green, Maureen Johnson

The Reader, Bernhard Schlink

Too much sex in it to be suitable for KS3, but for KS4 independent reading this German novel about a boy’s relationship with a former concentration camp guard is by far the best take on the issue of guilt and responsibility I have read.

Age: 14-16

Suitable for a class reader: Yes, KS4

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: History - WWII

If you like this author try: Marcus Zusak

Similar Books: The Book Thief

 

13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson           

Before Ginny’s beloved Aunt Peg dies she leaves her niece the thirteen envelopes of the title. Following their instructions takes 17-year-oldGinny on a road trip around Europe that dramatically changes her life.

Age: 13-16

Suitable for a class reader: No

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: John Green, Stephen Chbosky

Similar books: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

 

Timeriders, Alex Scarrow

First in a series featuring three timetravelling secret agents with a mission to save the world. Fast-paced, exciting and appeals equally to boys and girls. Our family took this on holiday and it was handed from teenager to teenager with the sort of personal recommendations last seen for the Hunger Games.

Age: 11-15

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Thriller/Science-fiction

Cross-curricular links: History

If you like this author try: Sophie McKenzie,

Similar books: Medusa Project, Carbon Diaries

 

Tomorrow When the War Began, John Marsden

A group of Australian teenagers return from a camping trip to find the country has been invaded by a foreign power. From their secret hiding place, deep in the bush, they launch a series of perilous missions against the invaders. A coming of age novel with a strong female central character and plenty of action.

Age 11-16 (KS3 & 4)

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Adventure

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: Patrick Ness, Alex Scarrow

 

Trash, Andy Mulligan

Another shortlisted title from the Carnegie 2012 list, Trash tells the story of a group of children eking out a precarious living on a rubbish dump. One day, a small leather bag falls into their hands and they are plunged into a dangerous adventure. Exciting, beautifully written, and with plenty of issues to explore without being cardboard or preachy, Trash would make an ideal Y7 class novel.

Age 11-16

Suitable for a class reader: Yes Y7

Genre: Adventure

Cross-curricular links: Citizenship, Global awareness

If you like this author try: Elizabeth Laird, Benjamin Zephaniah

Similar Books: The Garbage King, Refugee Boy,

 

Twilight, Stephanie Meyer

The one that kicked off the vampire craze. Appallingly written, but strangely compulsive. First in a series of four. Might be useful to use extracts if teaching the Y8 unit of work on Gothic Fiction.

Age 11-16 (KS3 & 4)

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Fantasy, Gothic, Horror

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try: L J Smith, Lauren Kate

 

Velvet, Mary Hooper

Velvet is an orphan forced to work in a Victorian steam laundry, until she is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famous medium, who asks Velvet to come to work for her. Velvet is dazzled at first by the young yet beautifully dressed and bejewelled Madame. But soon Velvet realises that Madame Savoya is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's very life is in danger. Well-paced historical adventure from the always excellent Mary Hooper.

Age 11-14

Suitable for a class reader: Y7-8

Genre: Historical - Victorian

Cross-curricular links: History

If you like this author try:  Eve Edwards, Celia Rees

 

 

War Horse, Michael Morpurgo

The brutality of World War One as seen through the eyes of Joey, the beloved horse of young Albert, who is sold to the Army for use as a cavalry mount. Morpurgo’s use of the point of view of the patiently suffering animal is very effective in getting the horror of the Western Front across to a younger audience.

Age 11-14

Suitable for a class reader: Y7-8

Genre: Historical

Cross-curricular links: History – World War One

If you like this author try:  Robert Westall

Similar Books: Private Peaceful, The Amazing story of Adolphus Tips, The Machine Gunners

 

Withering Tights, Louise Rennison

The trials and tribulations of fourteen-year-old  aspiring actress Tallulah Casey. A follow-up to the very successful Georgia Nicholson series (Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging) it offers a very funny take on teen angst and first romance.

Age 11-14 (KS3)

Suitable for a class reader: No

Genre: Humour, Romance

Cross-curricular links: No

If you like this author try:  Cathy Cassidy,  Cathy Hopkins