Here is the second instalment of our recommended ‘100 Reads Before You Leave,' compiled by the English department, with books available from the Library.
The Wind Eye - Robert Westall
While on holiday at a remote part of the Northumberland coast, a troubled English family has a series of unsettling experiences travelling back in time and confronting the legendary power of St. Cuthbert.
The Changes: A trilogy - Peter Dickinson
Three stories of a future where technology is a thing to be feared, not revered.
The Tripods trilogy – John Christopher
Sci-fi thriller about the takeover of earth by alien tripods. The conquerers start controlling human minds, but not until after they reach the age of 16. Two boys seek to end the terror.
Wind on Fire trilogy – William Nicholson
The city of Amaranth is a rigid and ambitious civilization where everyone is constantly given tests, so they can advance higher in their society. But their world is turned on its ear when Bowman and Kestrel Hath escape from the city with the simple-minded Mumpo. The children are determined to find the voice of the ancient Wind Singer, in the hopes that it can restore life to their city. But they will have to face the evil Morah and its unstoppable army as well...
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 and 3/4 by Sue Townsend
Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life
Riotous Assembly - Tom Sharpe
Riotous Assembly is the debut novel of British comic writer Tom Sharpe, originally published in 1971. Set in the fictitious South African town of Piemburg, Riotous Assembly lampoons South African apartheid, and the police who enforced it
Buddy – Nigel Hinton
Buddy has a hopeless father who is an ageing rocker, interested only in Elvis and bikes, and living on the fringes of the under-world. When Buddy's mum walks out, the two manage to strike up some kind of relationship - until Buddy realizes that his dad is involved in something more serious than he suspected. A moving, totally convincing account of a boy's faltering relationship with his father
The Dice Man – Luke Rhinehart
Let the dice decide. This book will change your life. The rules are all around you. The rules that stop you chatting up your neighbour downstairs, that stop you hitting your boss, that stop you leaving your family and leaving the country.
Yes Man – Danny Wallace
Danny Wallace had been staying in. Far too much. Having been dumped by his girlfriend, he really wasn't doing the young, free and single thing very well. Instead he was avoiding people. Texting them instead of calling them. Calling them instead of meeting them. That is until one fateful date when a mystery man on a late-night bus told him to 'say yes more'. These three simple words changed Danny's life forever. Yes Man is the story of what happened when Danny decided to say ‘yes’ to everything, in order to make his life more interesting. And boy, did it get more interesting.
Catch 22 – Joseph Heller
Set in the closing months of World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. His real problem is not the enemy - it is his own army that keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. If Yossarian makes any attempts to excuse himself from the perilous missions then he is caught in Catch-22: if he flies he is crazy, and doesn't have to; but if he doesn't want to he must be sane and has to. That's some catch...
Diary of a Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney
The hilarious and original global bestseller Diary of a Wimpy Kid - perfect for readers of 8+ and also reluctant readers, everyone loves the adventures of Greg Heffley:
’Let me get something straight: this is a JOURNAL, not a diary. This was Mom's idea, not mine. But if she thinks I'm going to write down my "feelings" in here or whatever, she's crazy. The only reason I agreed to do this at all is because I figure later on when I'm rich and famous, this book is gonna come in handy. But for now I'm stuck with a bunch of morons. Today is the first day of school, so I figured I might as well write in this book to pass the time …
Roderick - John Sladek
Roderick is a robot and this is his autobiography. Sladek conveys, with great sensitivity and insight the innocence of an artificial intelligence and asks profound questions about mankind’s right to manipulate others. It also portrays how a numerological mind might structure a narrative.
Face – Benjamin Zephaniah
In this startling debut novel from Benjamin Zephaniah, the author tackles the compelling story of a young man, Martin, whose life is completely changed when his face is badly scarred in a joyriding accident. Brilliantly written with a real ear for dialogue, this is Benjamin Zephaniah breaking new boundaries.
Hoot – Carl Hiaason
Roy Eberhardt's story begins when he is being mashed up against the window of the school bus by bully Dana Matherson. He spots an athletic bare-footed boy running away and wonders where he is going. Further investigations, after he has unwisely smashed Dana's nose in to get away from him, lead Roy into the middle of a battle between a green-minded local runaway and the proposed opening of a pancake restaurant. The development threatens the habitat of a burrowing-owl colony and it's an issue that several people in the community have differing views upon, not all of them legal.
Over Sea, Under Stone – Susan Cooper
This is the first of the five books which form Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence. Three children, on holiday in Cornwall, discover an ancient map that leads them into a search for a buried grail.
The Outcasts of 19 Schloer Place - E.L.Konigsburg
Margaret Rose begins her 12th summer with a miserable experience at camp, from which she is rescued by her beloved, eccentric European uncles. Little does she know that her uncles need rescuing themselves from a tyrannical city council determined to tear down their life's work.
The Discworld Series - Terry Pratchett
Discworld is a comic fantasy book series set on the fictional Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the back of a giant turtle, Great A'Tuin
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
When the Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent finds himself hitching a ride on a spaceship full of grumpy bureaucrats, accompanied by his now-revealed-as-an-alien best friend, while still in his pyjamas and dressing gown. Frankly, it's all a bit much before lunchtime. Thank goodness for the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which carries a very helpful message on its cover: Don't Panic.
Animorphs series - K.A.Applegate
Animorphs is an English language science fiction series told in first person, with all six main characters taking turns narrating. Horror, war, dehumanization, sanity, morality, innocence, leadership, freedom, and growing up are core motifs of the series.
Everworld series - K.A.Applegate
David's life was pretty normal. School. Friends. Girlfriend. Actually, Senna was probably the oddest aspect of his life. She was beautiful. Smart. But there was something very different about her. Something strange.
And on the day it began, everything happened so quickly. One moment, Senna was with him. The next, she was swallowed up by the earth. Her screams echoing from far, far away. David couldn't just let her go. Neither could the others. His friends -- and hers. So, they followed. And found themselves in a world they never could have imagined. Now they have to find Senna and get home without losing their lives. Or their minds. Or both....