Here is the third instalment of our recommended ‘100 Reads Before You Leave,' compiled by the English department, with books available from the Library.
2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke
On the moon an enigma is uncovered. So great are the implications that, for the first time, men are sent out deep into the solar system. But, before they can reach their destination, things begin to go wrong. Horribly wrong.
I Robot ; The rest of the Robots – Isaac Asimov
Here are stories of robots gone mad and robots with a sense of humor. Robot politicians, and robots that secretly run the world, all told with the blend of science fact and science fiction that has become Asimov's trademark.
Legends of the Raven series – James Barclay
The Raven have fought together for years, as swords for hire in the war that has torn Balaia apart, loyal only to themselves and their code. But when they agree to escort a mage on a secret mission they are pulled into a world of politics and ancient secrets.
Archer Gideon Cutpurse - Linda Buckley
Gideon Seymour, cutpurse and gentleman, hides from the villainous Tar Man. Suddenly two children from the 21st century fall from a gaping hole in the sky, thanks to an experiment with an anti-gravity machine. The Tar Man takes off with the machine and the children’s only chance of getting home.
Age of the 5 trilogy - Trudy Canavan
Auraya a Priestess of the White is gifted with exceptional powers by the gods but mysterious black-clad sorcerers plague the land, raising fears that these powerful strangers may even be stronger than the gods' chosen five.
Artemis Fowl series - Eoin Colfer
Rumour has it 12 year old Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. He is a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping fairies.
Jurassic Park - Michael Crichton
A technique for cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered and a wildlife park full of dinosaurs becomes a reality. But after a catastrophe destroys the park's defence systems scientists and tourists are left fighting for survival...
The Oracle trilogy - Catherine Fisher
Mirany is the new Bearer, afraid of her perilous duties and fearful of her secret questioning. Does the god truly exist? The priestess is corrupt and in secret partnership with the General, ruler, since the God-on-Earth, the Archon, has no real power. When the old Archon dies, his spirit migrates into a child, and there are several candidates for succession …
Anansi Boy - Neil Gaiman
If his estranged father hadn't dropped dead Charlie would still be blissfully unaware that his dad was Anansi the spider god. He would have no idea that he has a brother called Spider, who is also a god and trying to take over his life, flat and fiancée. Charlie enlists the help of four eccentric old ladies and their unique brand of voodoo …
Young James Bond series - Charlie Higson
Subject: James Bond. Description: Dark hair; blue eyes; surprisingly strong; fluent French, good German. Essential components: A Mediterranean mystery. One kidnapped girl One villainous pirate. One fast car.
Expecting Someone Taller - Tom Holt
All Malcolm Fisher did was run over a badger. Unfortunately the badger turned out to be Ingolf, last of the giants. With his dying breath he reluctantly gave Malcolm two gifts of power and made him ruler of the world.
Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
14-year-old Alex Rider is recruited into MI6, has to take part in gruelling training then is sent on his first mission to investigate multi-billionaire Herod Sayle’s unique Stormbreaker computers.
On the Run series - Gordon Korman
Your parents are in jail - for life. There's one piece of evidence that might save them, but it's hundreds of miles away. You're trapped on a prison farm in the middle of nowhere, and there's someone out there who wants you dead.
Pendragon series - D.J. MacHale
These tell the story of Bobby Pendragon, an American teenager who discovers that he, as well as his two best friends Mark Dimond and Courtney Chetwynde must prevent the destruction of their own world as well as others.
Boy Soldier series - Andy McNab
Danny Watts's grandfather was an SAS explosives expert who betrayed his country and Regiment. Danny sets out to track down his grandfather and in doing so he sets in train an explosive sequence of events which throw Danny and Fergus together on the run.
Cherub series - Robert Muchamore
Cherub is not James Bond. There are no master criminals or high-tech gadgets. CHERUB kids slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail.
Orcs - Stan Nicholls
This is the story of Stryke and his band of Orcs. Fantasy's bad guys finally get their own say in this fast-moving, action-packed, tongue-in-cheek tale of Orc valour and human treachery.
Eragon triology - Christopher Paolini
Eragon's adventure begins when a polished blue stone explodes from the sky and narrowly misses him. The object turns out to be his only reward from that day's hunting session. His unsuccessful attempts to exchange the stone for meat for his family begins a run of bad luck that will eventually force him to flee his place of birth.
Mortal Engines quartet - Philip Reeve
This is a gripping adventure story set in an inspired fantasy world, where moving cities trawl the globe. Peopled with convincing and utterly likeable characters, this story is a magical and unique read.
Code Red series; Alpha Force series - Chris Ryan
Alpha Force is an elite team brought together to battle injustice. The team join a covert SAS operation in South America, fighting to catch an evil drugs baron. They infiltrate a community of street kids then head into the isolated mountains where a terrifying and twisted hunt is to test their individual skills to the max.