The 50 Book Challenge

All students will be issued with a book record which will be stuck into their Homework Diary. It will record 10 books at a time – up to a maximum of 40 books. When this record is completed they will be upgraded to a laminated bookmark for the final 10 books.

For each book from the 50 Book Challenge the students read they will receive a sticker to attach to their book record. They can only gain stickers one book at a time. To gain a sticker, students must tell Miss Shields which book they have read – they will then need to answer a challenging question to prove they have read it before they are given a sticker. Stickers grow in size and desirability as the students reach the next stage of the book record. In addition, students are given credits for each 10 books read: 1 credit for the first 10, 2 credits for the next 10 and so on – up to 5 credits if they achieve the 50 Book Challenge.

The book list is now online in case students want to get hold of any of the books over half term – or perhaps start thinking about Christmas presents! The list includes a range of genres, classic fiction as well as more modern teenage novels. There is a short section at the end of novels more suitable for Year 9 and above.

The Challenge starts after Exam Week, Monday 7th November. Good luck and happy reading!


  • Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • The Curious Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Treasure Islandby Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Peter Pan by J.M Barrie
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling
  • Northern Lights by Phillip Pullman


  • The Witches by Roald Dahl
  • Lord of the Rings by J.Tolkein
  • TheSecretGardenby Francis Hodgson Burnett
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Empty World by John Christopher
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
  • The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hobbit by J.Tolkein


  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend
  • The Earthsea Quartet by Ursula Le Guin
  • Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeves
  • Kes by Barry Hines
  • The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Alicein Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
  • Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith


v     Carrie’s War by Nina Bowden

v     The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

v     Skellig by David Almond

v     The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

v     Flyaway by Lucy Christopher

v     Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes

v     Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’brien.

v     Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

v     The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

v     The Time Machine by H.G Wells



  • Elidor by Alan Garner
  • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • Lionboy by Zizou Corder
  • The Power of One by Bruce Courtenay
  • Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransom
  • At The Silver Sword by Ian Seriallier
  • The Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfield



ü      Homecoming by Cynthia Voight

ü      Children of the Dust by Louise Lawerence

ü      The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones

ü      Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss

ü      Coral Island by R.M Ballantyn

ü      The Amulet ofSamarkandby Jonathan Stroud

ü      Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin

ü      The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner

ü      A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

ü      The Ghost of Thomas Kemp by Penelope Lively



  • Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird
  • The Eagle of the North by Rosemary Sutcliffe
  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Varjak Paw by S.F Said
  • Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
  • Flight of the Heron by D.K Broster
  • Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • The Changeover by Margaret Maybh



  • I am David by Anne Holme
  • Journey to theRiverSeaby Eva Ibbotson
  • A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
  • My Swordhand is Swinging by Marcus Sedgewick
  • Polgara the Sorceress by David Eddings
  • The Tricksters by Margaret Maybh
  • Tin Tin by Herge
  • There’s a Boy in the Bathroom by Louis Sachar
  • Before I die by Jenny Downham
  • Shiver by Maggie Steifvater



  • The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Justin Norton
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor
  • The Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • The Mortal Engine Quartet by Phillip Reeve
  • Journey fromPeppermint Streetby Meindert De Jongg
  • The Two Pound Tram by William Newton
  • The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  • Crack in the Line and Small Eternities by Michael Lawerence



v     Sunshine by Robin McKinley

v     The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

v     Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

v     Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale

v     Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanaghan

v    FindingVioletParkby Jenny Valentine

v     The King ofCopperMountainby Paul Biegel

v     The White Stone by Gunnel Linde

v     The Belgariad by David Eddings

v     TheOld Kingdomseries by Garth Nix



  • Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn
  • Un Lun Dun byChinaMelville
  • Seeker by William Nicholson
  • The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliffe
  • Just In Case by Meg Rosoff
  • Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks
  • The Spooks by Joseph Delaney
  • Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
  • The Old Powder Line by Richard Parker
  • Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief by Ray Riodan



ü      Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

ü      Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

ü      The Wind Singer by William Nicholson

ü      The Kingdom by the Sea by Robert Westall

ü      The Sheep Pig by Dick King Smith

ü      The Happy Prince and the House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

ü      The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

ü      Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

ü      The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

ü      The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Alexie Sherman



Recommended for Year  9


  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D Taylor
  • Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
  • Roald Dahl’s short stories series Tales of the Unexpected


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