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Battle of the Books 2015/16 book list 

  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  3. The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
  4. Teacher’s Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah
  5. One by Sarah Crossan
  6. The Year of the Rat by Claire Furniss
  7. The Rest of us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  8. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  9. Am I normal Yet? By Holly Bourne
  10. Solitaire by Alice Oseman
  11. Only ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
  12. Infinite Sky by C.J Flood
  13. Seven days by Eve Ainsworth
  14. I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  15. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
  16. My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher


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Reading Recommendations 5th & 6th Year

ALDERMAN, Naomi                                        The Power

CHAMBERS, Becky                                         The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

DIFFENBAUGH, Vanessa                                The Language of Flowers

ATWOOD, Margaret                                       The Handmaid’s Tale

MANDEL, Emily St. John                                 Station Eleven

MITCHELL, David                                           The Bone Clocks

WALKER, Alice                                               The Color Purple

CARTER, Angela                                              The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories

BRONTË, Emily                                                Wuthering Heights

TARTT, Donna                                                 The Secret History

NESS, Patrick                                                  More Than This

LALINE, Paull                                                      The Bees

BINCHY, Maeve                                               Circle of Friends

CHURCHILL, Caryl                                           Top Girls

BRONTË, Charlotte                                          Jane Eyre

McINERNY, Lisa                                         The Glorious Heresies

COLLINS, Ciarán                                              The Gamal

McCARTHY, Cormac                                         The Road

DH. Lawrence                                                 Women in Love

DONOGHUE, Emma                                          Room

YANIGIHARA, Hanya                                  A Little Life

ROWLING, J.K.                                                The Casual Vacancy

Evelyn Waugh                                                   Decline and Fall

FITZGERALD, F. Scott                                    The Great Gatsby

FITZMORRIS, Simon                                       It’s Not Dark Yet

FLOOD, C.J.                                                     Infinite Sky

NGOZI ADICHIE, Chimamanda                    We Should All Be Feminists

GAIMAN, Neil                                                 The Ocean at the End of the Lane

GAUTREAUX. Tim                                            The Next Step in the Dance

ENRIGHT, Anne                                               The Green Road

WINTERSON, Jeanette                                   Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

ISHIGURO, Kazuo                                            Remains of the Day

KEEGAN, Claire                                                 Foster

CHABON, Michael                                             The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

AMIS, Kingsley                                                 Lucky Jim

KINGSOLVER, Barbara                                     Flight Behaviour

HAIG, Matt                                                     The Humans

EUGENIDES, Jeffrey                                       Middlesex

McCABE, EUGENE                                            Death and Nightingales

McCANN, Colum                                                Let the Great World Spin

McEWAN, Ian                                                   Atonement

MILLER, Madeline                                             The Song of Achilles

NGOZI ADICHIE, Chimamanda                         Americanah

O’CONNOR, Joseph                                           Star of the Sea

HOWEY, Hugh                                                    Wool

HALL, Radcliffe                                                 The Well of Loneliness

O’NEILL, Louise                                                 Asking For It

ROWELL, Rainbow                                              Eleanor and Park

RYAN, Donal                                                      The Spinning Heart

SATRAPI, Marjane                                            Persepolis

CLARKE, Susanna                                               Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

VÁSQUEZ, Juan Gabriel                                   The Sound of Things Falling

WOOLF, Virginia                                               A Room of One’s Own

WOOLF, Virginia                                               Mrs. Dalloway

VONNEGUT, Kurt                                             Cat’s Cradle

WILDE, Oscar                                                  The Picture of Dorian Gray

SMITH, Zadie                                                  White Teeth

ZUSAK, Markus                                                The Book Thief




Reading Recommendations 1st Years

A Greyhound of a Girl                                Roddy Doyle

The Graveyard Book                                  Neil Gaiman

Al Capone Does my Shirts                          Gennifer Cholenko

Wilderness                                                Roddy Doyle

The Hunger Games                                    Suzanne Collins

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas                 John Boyne

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland               Louis Carroll

Smile                                                        Raina Telgemeier

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief               Rick Riordan

Little Women                                            Louisa May Alcott

Girl Online                                                 Zoe Sugg

A Girl Called Blue                                       Marita Conlon McKenna

Bridge to Terabithia                                  Katherine Paterson

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse           Chris Riddell

Shadowmagic                                            John Lenahan

A Monster Calls                                         Patrick Ness

Wonder                                                    R. J. Palacio

Skulduggery Pleasant                                 Derek Landy

Harry Potter                                             J. K. Rowling

Anya’s Ghost                                             Vera Brosgol

Alfie the Doorstep Cat                              Rachel Wells


Reading Recommendations 2nd & 3rd Year

Girl Online                                         Zoe Sugg

Flight of the Doves                           Walter Macken

A Chinese Cinderella                          Adelene Yen Mah

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry            Mildred D. Taylor

Northern Lights Trilogy                     Philip Pullman

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece    Annabel Pitcher

No and Me                                                Delphine de Vigan

The Knife of Never Letting Go           Patrick Ness

The Hunger Games                            Suzanne Collins

Paper Towns                                      John Green

Chalkline                                           Jane Mitchell

A Monster Calls                                 Patrick Ness

The Giver                                          Lois Lowry

The Outsiders                                   S. E. Hinton

The Hobbit                                       J. R. R. Tolkien

Infinite Sky                                      C.J. Flood

Divergent                                          Veronica Roth

The Book Thief                                 Markus Zusak

Evil Librarian                                     Michelle Knudsen

Holy Cow!                                          David Duchovny

Coraline                                            Neil Gaiman


Reading Recommendations 4th & 5th Year

Paper Towns                                     John Green

Divergent                                          Veronica Roth

Wuthering Heights                            Emily Bronte

Noughts & Crosses                             Malorie Blackman

Will Grayson, Will Grayson                         John Green

Only Ever Yours                               Louise O’ Neill

The Secret Life of Bees                    Sue Monk Kidd

Holy Cow!                                          David Duchovny

More Than This                                 Patrick Ness

The Ocean at the End of the Lane     Neil Gaiman

Station Eleven                                   Emily St. John Mandel

The Country of Ice-Cream Star         Sandra Newman

The Kite Runner                                Khaled Hosseini

Oryx and Crake                                Margaret Atwood

Cat’s Cradle                                       Kurt Vonnegut

The Remains of the Day                     Kazuo Ishiguro

Ketchup Clouds                                  Annabel Pitcher

The Knife of Never Letting Go           Patrick Ness

Geek Girl                                           Holly Smale

The Perks of being a Wallflower                 Stephen Chbosky

Cinder                                               Marissa Meyer


Reading Recommendations 6th Year

Only Ever Yours                                Louise O’ Neill

The Humans                                  Matt Haig

The Bees                                          Laline Paull

The Great Gatsby                              F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Girl on the Train                         Paula Hawkins

Jane Eyre                                        Charlotte Brontë

The Handmaid’s Tale                          Margaret Atwood

Middlesex                                         Jeffrey Eugenides

Purple Hibiscus                                  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Road                                          Cormac McCarthy

Oryx and Crake                                 Margaret Atwood

A Little Life                                      Hanya Yanagihara

The Bell Jar                                      Sylvia Plath

Holy Cow!                                          David Duchovny

The Catcher in the Rye                      J.D. Salinger

She Came to Stay                              Simone deBeauvoir

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao     Junot Diaz

The Secret History                           Donna Tartt

Will Grayson, Will Grayson                 John Green

Paper Towns                                      John Green

Brave New World                              Aldous Huxley


Some recommendations for Book Bingo (there are many more books in the library besides these!)

A novel with non-human characters:

Holy cow!     by David Duchovny

War Horse   by Michael Morpurgo

Charlotte’s Web  by E. B. White

The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy  by Douglas Adams

Blitzcat  by Robert Westall

Watership Down   by Richard Adams

Fantastic Mr. Fox     by Roald Dahl

Eragon   by Christopher   Paolini

To be a Cat by Matt Haig

The Last Family in England by Matt Haig

The Humans  by Matt Haig

Anna Dressed in Blood  by Kendare Blake

The Girl with all the Gifts     by M.R. Carey

A Monster Calls   by Patrick Ness

The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien

The  Bees    by Laline Paull

The Graveyard Book   by Neil Gaiman

Evil Librarian  by Michelle Knudsen

Wilderness     by Roddy Doyle

White Fang    by  Jack London

Animal Farm  by George Orwell

Jurassic Park      by Michael Crichton

The Wizard of Oz   by Frank L. Baum

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Cinder    by   Marissa Meyer

The Colour of Magic  by Terry Pratchett

Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden

The Story of Adolphus Tips   by Michael Morpurgo

Mr. Nobody’s Eyes by Michael Morpurgo


A novel that was made into a film:

Divergent      by Veronica Roth

The Maze Runner   by James Dashner

The Giver   by Lois Lowry

Paper Towns       by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Me, Earl and the Dying Girl  by Jesse Andrews

The Hunger Games      by Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter  by J.K. Rowling

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy   by Douglas Adams

The Outsiders   by S.E. Hinton

War Horse   by Michael Morpurgo

The Hobbit   by J.R.R. Tolkien

Northern Lights     by Phillip Pullman

The Road     by Cormac McCarthy

Never Let Me Go  by Kazuo Ishiguro

Warm Bodies        by Isaac Marion

Animal Farm     by George Orwell

Jurassic Park    by Michael Crichton

A book that will make you laugh:

Will Grayson, Will Grayson      by John Green

Brilliant  by Roddy Doyle

Adrian Mole  by Sue Townsend

Anything by David Walliams or Roald Dahl

Percy Jackson   by Rick Riordan

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy   by Douglas Adams

Goth Girl    by Chris Riddell

Al Capone Shines my Shoes  by Gennifer Choldenko

Holy Cow!      by David Duchovny

Fangirl       by Rainbow Rowell

Am I Normal Yet?    by Holly Bourne

The Radleys            by Matt Haig

The Humans            by  Matt Haig

Moone Boy  by Chris O’ Dowd

Hold Me Closer         by David Levithan

Skulduggery Pleasant    by Derek Landy

The Princess bride  by William Golding

Dork Diaries           by Rachel Rennee Russell

Diary of a Wimpy Kid   by Jeff Kinney


A mystery or thriller:

Girl missing           by Sophie McKenzie

Walkabout         by James Vance Marshall

Silence is Goldfish   by Annabel Pitcher

Looking for JJ          by Anne Cassidy

Teacher’s Dead               by Benjamin Zephaniah

Hidden Child       by Anne Cassidy

We were liars          by E. Lockhart

Gallagher Girls series         by Ally Carter

Missing Judy        by Anne Cassidy

Solitaire             by Alice Oseman

Noughts and Crosses            by Malorie Blackman

Panic       by Lauren Oliver

The Girl With All the Gifts           by M. Carey

Split Second             by Sophie McKenzie

Messenger of Fear    by Michael Grant

Blood Ties               by Sophie McKenzie

All My Secrets          by Sophie McKenzie

Trash     by  Andy Muligan


A novel that the first in a series:

Percy Jackson        by Rick Riordan

Divergent                by Veronica Roth

Geek Girl                 by Holly Samle

The Hunger Games            by Suzanne Collins

The Knife of Never Letting Go           by Patrick Ness

Sabriel              by    Garth Nix

Uglies             by Scott Westerfield

Cinder            by Marissa Meyer

The Maze Runner              by James Dashner

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone   by J.K. Rowling

Breathe  by Sarah Crossan

Gone             by Michael Grant

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy              by Douglas Adams

Noughts and Crosses         by Malorie Blackman

The 100             by Kass Morgan

The Selection     by Kiera Cass

City of Glass     by  Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess             by Cassandra Clare

I am Number Four          by   Pittacus Lore

The Medusa Project: the Set-Up     by Sophie McKenzie

Wool             by Hugh Howey

Skulduggery Pleasant   by  Derek Landy

Goth Girl    by Chris Riddell


A novel about friendship:

Before I Fall        by Lauren Oliver

The Art of Being Normal            by Lisa Williamson

Girl Online     by  Zoe Sugg

One                by Sarah Crossan

The Rest of Us Just Live Here    by Patrick Ness

Moone Boy   by   Chris O’ Dowd

We Were Liars              by E. Lockhart

Am I Normal Yet?                   by Holly Bourne

Once              by Morris Gleitzman

Wonder                  by R.J. Palacio

Paper Towns              by John Green

Will Grayson, Will Grayson      by John Green

Infinite Sky                   by C.J. Flood

My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece      by Annabel Pitcher

The Outsiders                  by S.E. Hinton

Looking for Alaska                by   John Green

No and Me            by Delphine de Vigan

Geek Girl            by Holly Smale


A novel with LGBTQ characters:

The Art of Being Normal    by Lisa Williamson

The Perks of Being a Wallflower             by Stephen Chbosky

Hero       by Perry Moore

Will Grayson, Will Grayson          by John Green

Boy meets boy             by David Levithan

Every Day            by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing                  by David Levithan

Tithe   by Holly Black

The Rest of Us Just Live Here       by Patrick Ness

More Than This    by Patrick Ness

Solitaire            by  Alice Oseman

I’ll Give You The Sun          by Jandy Nelson

The Bane Chronicles    by Cassandra Clare

Hollow Pike             by  Juno Dawson

Boys don’t Cry             by Malorie Blackman

Middlesex            by Jeffrey Eugenides


A novel that involves fantasy characters:

The Year of the Rat              by Claire Furniss

Harry Potter              by J.K. Rowling

Sabriel      by Garth Nix

The Rest of Us Just Live Here           by Patrick Ness

Percy Jackson             by Rick Riordan

Neverwhere         by Neil Gaiman

A Monster Calls                 by Patrick Ness

The Feral Child               by  Che Golden

The Radleys            by Matt Haig

Bane Chronicles              by Cassandra Clare

Northern Lights               by Phillip Pullman

The Hobbit          by J.R.R. Tolkien

Anna Dressed in Blood         by Kendare Blake

A Crack in Everything           by Ruth Frances Long

The Borrowers         by Mary Norton

The Wizard of Oz                 by Frank L. Baum

Alice in Wonderland          by Lewis Carroll

The Strange Library         by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Evil Librarian             by  Michelle Knudsen

The Graveyard Book        by Neil Gaiman

The Book Thief                       by Markus Zusak

The Colour Of Magic         by Terry Pratchett

The Iron Daughter           by Julie Kagawa

Skulduggery pleasant         by Derek Landy

The Demon Headmaster       by Gillian Cross

The Magic Faraway Tree        by Enid Blyton

Pride and Prejudice and  Zombies       Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Goth Girl            by Chris Riddell


A novel that is set in the future:

More Than This                                                 Divergent                           Noughts and Crosses

The Knife of Never Letting Go                    The Handmaid’s Tale       The Girl with All The Gifts

The Hunger Games                                         The Chrysalids                                   Breathe

Nineteen eighty-four                                     Brave New World                The Handmaid’s Tale

The Jewel                                                            Station Eleven                                   the 100

Never Let Me go                                              Molly Fyde                                          Wool

Fahrenheit 451                                                  Oryx and Crake                                 Trash

Maggot Moon


A novel written by an Irish author:

Only Ever Yours                                                      Brilliant                        A Crack in everything

One                                                       The Weight of Water                      Apple and Rain

A Greyhound of a Girl                    The Vampire’s Assistant                               The Real Rebecca

The Flight of the Doves                                 Skulduggery Pleasant                     The Vampires Assistant

Sisters… No Way!                                           Chalkline                                              The Alchemyst

Wilderness                                                         Artemis Fowl                                                     Dracula

Tatty                                                          Moone Boy                                        The Spinning Heart

Breathe                                       Skulduggery Pleasant                                     The Poison Throne

Into the Grey


A book presented in comic book style e.g. graphic novel:

Persepolis                                                           Scott Pilgrim                                       Rat queens

A Wrinkle in Time the graphic novel                         Bandette                              I Kill Giants

Runaways                                                         Drama                                         Friends With Boys

Smile                                                                Sisters                                                   Page by Paige

The Girl Who Owned a City                                          Batgirl                                          Bone

Batman                                 Ms. Marvel                                         We3


A novel that deals with bullying:

Seven days                                                         Before I Fall                                                        Wonder

Eleanor and Park                                              The Weight of Water                      The Outsiders

The Art of Being Normal                         Teacher’s Dead                     Thirteen Reasons Why

One                                                           My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece


A novel set in Ireland:

Wildflower Girl                                                  Under the Hawthorn Tree      A Girl Called Blue

I am a Vegetarian                                             A Crack in Everything         A Greyhound of a girl

The Feral Child                                                  Shadowmagic                                    A Monster Calls

Moone Boy                                                        Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha              The Spinning Heart

Bad Day in Blackrock                                       Tatty


A novel that is set in a dystopian society:

The Maze Runner                                            Divergent                           Noughts and Crosses

The Knife of Never Letting Go                    The Hunger Games           The Girl With All the Gifts

The Giver                                                 Uglies                  Only Ever Yours

Nineteen Eighty-four                                     We                                                         The Road

Brave New World                                Pandemonium              The Jewel

Station eleven                                                   Breathe                                                                The 100

The Selection                                                     Trash                                                     Gone

Wool                                                                     Fahrenheit  451                                 Oryx and Crake

Never Let Me Go                                             Pride and Prejudice and zombies


A biography:

The Diary of Anne Frank                                               A Street Cat Named Bob                               Persepolis

Bossypants (Tina Fey)                                    Angelas Ashes (Frank McCourt)                                I am Malala

Yes Please! (Amy Poehler)                          Chinese Cinderella               Eat Pray Love

Tuesdays With Morrie                                   Alfie the Doorstep Cat                                   One Direction

The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption and Pee (Sarah Silverman)

Wild: A Journey from Lost to Found (Cheryl Strayed)

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya angelou)

Is Everyone Hanging Out with Me? (Mindy Kaling)


A novel that is considered to be a classic:

Wuthering Heights                                          Dracula                                                 The Wizard of Oz

Alice in Wonderland                                       Mary Poppins                                    Little Women

Jane Eyre                                                             The Secret Garden                          Black Beauty

Walkabout                                                          The Outsiders                                    the Little Prince

The Princess Bride                                           A Wrinkle in Time                             the Borrowers

Anne Of Green Gables                                  What Katy Did                     the Chronicles of Narnia

The Railway Children                                      The Bell Jar