Key Stage 3 Reading List

Stuck for a book? Why not try one of these carefully chosen selections? Ask the librarian if you cannot find one of the books on this list.

Adams, Douglas

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy

Ahmed, Sufiya

Secrets of the Henna Girl

Almond, David


Blackman, Malorie

“Noughts and Crosses” series

Bowers, Michael

Prison Ship

Brahmachari, Sita

Red Leaves

Bryson, Bill

Notes from a Small Island

Carson, Claybourne

Martin Luther King

Chadda, Sarwat

Devil Kiss; The Ash Mistry Chronicles (series)

Colfer, Eoin

Artemis Fowl series

Dahl, Roald

‘BFG’ and many many more!

Deary, Terry

‘Horrible Histories’ series

Dhami, Narinder

Thirteen Hours; Bend it Like Beckham

Dickens, Charles

Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol

Doherty, Berlie

Street Child

Frank, Anne

The Diary of Anne Frank

Freedman, Dan

‘The Kick Off’ series

Gemmel, David

Sword in the Storm

Gourlay, Candy

Tall Story

Grant, Michael

‘Gone’ Series

Haddon, Mark

The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time

Higson, Charlie

‘The Enemy’ series; ‘Young Bond’ series

Hines, Barry

‘Kes’ ( Playscript)

Ho-Yen, Polly

Boy In The Tower

Hornby, Nick

Fever Pitch

Horowitz, Anthony

‘Stormbreaker’ series

Johnson, Catherine

Curious Tale of the Lady Karaboo

Kemp, Gene

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler

King, Clive

Stig of the Dump

Knox, Elizabeth

Mortal Fire

L'Homme, Erik

Quadehar The Sorcerer

Landman, Tanya

Hell and High Water; Buffalo Soldier

LeGuin, Ursula

The Earthsea Trilogy

Lewis, C.S.

Alice in Wonderland

Magorian, Michelle

Goodnight Mister Tom

Morpurgo, Michael

Kensuke’s Kingdom; Private Peaceful

Muchamore, Robert

‘Cherub’ series

Naidoo, Beverley

Journey to Jo’burg

Newland, Courttia

The Scholar; Society Within

Orwell, George

Animal Farm



Pratchett, Terry

‘Discworld’ series

Pullman, Philip

‘Northern Lights’ series; Clockwork

Rai, Bali

The Squad; The Crew

Reeve, Philip

‘Mortal Engines’ series

Robert, Na'ima B

Black Sheep

Sachar, Louis

Holes!; There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom

Said, SF

Phoenix; The Varjak Paw series (both with Dave McKean)

Stanley, Malaika Rose

Dad Alert!

Stevenson, R.L.

Treasure Island

Swindells, Robert

Stone Cold

Toksvig, Sandi

Hitler’s Canary

Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Hobbit

Townsend, Sue

The Diary of Adrian Mole

Wells, H.G.

The War of the Worlds

Wheatle, Alex

East of Acre Lane; Brixton Rock

Wilson, Jacqueline

‘Tracey Beaker’ series

Wyndham, John

The Crysalids; The Day of the Triffids

Zephaniah, Benjamin

Gangsta Rap; Terror Kid

Happy Reading!