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Teens age 12-16


  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis de Bernières
  • Life of Pi Yann Martel
  • Moby Dick Herman Melville
  • My Family and Other Animals Gerald Durrell
  • The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern


  • Animal Farm George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
  • Frankenstein Mary Shelley
  • Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
  • Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  • Lord of the Flies William Golding
  • Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
  • Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

Fantasy and magical realism

  • Across the Nightingale Floor Lian Hearn
  • Beowulf Seamus Heaney translation
  • Coraline Neil Gaiman
  • Inkheart Cornelia Funke
  • Northern Lights Philip Pullman
  • The Neverending Story Michael Ende
  • The Shadow of the Wind Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkein

Historical fiction

  • A Month in the Country JL Carr
  • Coram Boy Jamila Gavin
  • Empire of the Sun JG Ballard
  • Esperanza Rising Pam Munoz Ryan
  • Memoirs of a Geisha Arthur Golden
  • Now is the Time for Running Michael Williams
  • On the Jellicoe Road Melina Marchetta
  • The Book Thief Marcus Zusak
  • The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
  • The Lies we Tell Ourselves Robin Talley


  • Brighton Rock Graham Green
  • The Secret History Donna Tartt
  • Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Owl Service Alan Garner
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold John Le Carre


  • Flowers in the Gutter K.R. Gaddy
  • Night Shift Debi Gliori
  • The Diary of Anne Frank Anne Frank
  • Yes She Can Molly Dillon

Realistic fiction

  • Atonement Ian McEwan
  • Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie
  • Clap When You Land Elizabeth Acevido
  • Fighting Words Kimberly Bradley
  • Noughts & Crosses Malorie Blackman
  • Paper Towns, John Green
  • The Art of Being Normal Lisa Williamson
  • Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder

Science fiction

  • Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go Patrick Ness
  • The Maze Runner James Dashner
  • The War of the Worlds HG Wells