St Mary's C.E. Primary School

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Reading for Pleasure

The following are some suggested, high quality texts for children throughout the school.

Years 5 and 6

Thief - Malorie Blackman

Phoenix - S F Said

Skellig - David Almond (Poetic and beautiful book about a boy who discovers a strange being in his shed)

Holes - Louis Sachar (A firm favourite over the years in my class)

Mortal Engines - Philip Reeve

River Boy - Tom Bowler

A Monster Calls - Patrick Ness (The first chapter is guaranteed to hook in any reader)

Fireweed - Jill Paton Walsh

Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk

Pig Heart Boy - Malorie Blackman (A gritty story exploring controversial ideas in medicine, very believable and relatable)

A.N.T.I.D.O.T.E - Malorie Blackman

Beetle Boy - M G Leonard

Coram Boy - Jamilia Gavin

Cogheart - Peter Bunzl

Secret of Nightingale Wood - Lucy Strange


Years 3 and 4

The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

The Legend of Podkin One-Ear - Kieran Larwood

Krindlekrax - Philip Ridley

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat - Chris Riddell

Dead Man's Cove - Lauren St.John

The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo

The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tyler - Gene Kemp

Beaver Towers - Nigel Hinton

Ice Palace - Robert Swindells 

A Story like the Wind - Gill Lewis (A moving story about a boy whose violin can tell stories)

The Iron Man - Ted Hughes (Well written story about how we treat those who are different)

The Diary of a Killer Cat - Anne Fine


Years 1 and 2

Tad - Benji Davies

The Bear, The Piano, the Dog and the Fiddle - David Litchfield

Macca the Alpaca - Matt Cosgrove

Grumpycorn - Sarah McIntyre

The Mist Monster - Kirsti Beautyman

Grrrrr! - Rob Biddulph

Sunk - Rob Biddulph

Rosie Revere, Engineer - Andrea Beaty

The Ugly Five - Julia Donaldson

A Little BIt Brave - Nicola Kinnear

The Tin Forest - Helen Ward

The Dark - Lemony Snickett (A quirky tale of how Lazlo overcomes his fear of the dark)