Here is the fourth instalment of our recommended ‘100 Reads Before You Leave,' compiled by the English department, with books available from the Library.
Demonata - Darren Shan
The first book in the demonic symphony in ten parts by multi-million-copy bestselling horror writer Darren Shan. When Grubbs Grady first encounters Lord Loss and his evil minions, he learns three things: the world is vicious, magic is possible and demons are real.
Vampirates series - Justin Somper
Connor and Grace are orphaned twins separated at sea. Connor wakes to find himself on a pirate ship while Grace finds herself locked in a darkened room, as the vampirates await nightfall...
Bartimaeus trilogy - Jonathon Stroud
When 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind.
H.I.V.E - Mark Walden
Scheming, extorting, menacing and general evilness are nothing new in the world of villainy - indeed it's expected. But there are codes of conduct. Until now. In an attempt to purge the Global League of Villainous Enterprises of its more destructive elements, Dr Nero has underestimated the cunning and resources of those who oppose him.
Mirror Wakes; Mirror Dreams - Catherine Webb
Laenan Kite repelled the Lords of Nightkeep, but he could not destroy them. Now, with deadly spells igniting across Haven, and the queen's life at risk, Kite must counter a new threat to the Realm of Dreams - and discover who's behind it.
Storm Thief - Chris Wooding
Orokos is a city of chaos. For as long as anyone can remember, the city has been lashed by probability storms, that change anything they touch. Streets are rearranged, children turned to glass, rivers break their banks. Nothing is stable. Everyone is vulnerable.
Ender's Game – Orson Scott Card
70 years after a horrific alien war, an unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.
Tamar – Mal Peet
When her grandfather dies, Tamar inherits a box containing a series of clues and coded messages. Out of the past, another Tamar emerges, a man involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland half a century earlier.
Burn My Heart – Naidoo
This is an intensely personal and vivid story of two boys: one black, one white. Once they were friends even though their circumstances are very different. But in a country riven by fear and prejudice, even the best of friends can betray one another.
Alone on the Wide Wide Sea – Michael Morpurgo
Orphaned in WWII, Arthur is separated from his sister and sent to the other side of the world. There he and his friend Marty survive brutal captivity on a working farm, find a new family with the eccentric Aunty Meg and her animals, and discover their talent for designing yachts.
Once - Morris Gleitzman
Once is the first in a series of children's novels about Felix, a Jewish orphan caught in the middle of the Holocaust.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Nighttime - Mark Haddon
This is a murder mystery novel like no other. The detective, and narrator, is Christopher Boone who is fifteen and has Asperger's Syndrome. He knows a very great deal about maths and very little about human beings. When he finds a neighbour's dog murdered he sets out on a terrifying journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
The Life of Pi – Yann Martell
Some books defy categorisation: Life of Pi is a case in point: just about the only thing you can say for certain about it is that it is fiercely and admirably unique.
Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby
For many people watching football is mere entertainment, to some it's more like a ritual; but to others, its highs and lows provide a narrative to life itself.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
Nine-year-old Bruno is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.
Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered the Rings of Power – the means by which he intends to rule Middle Earth. All he lacks is the One Ring – the ring that rules them all – which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.
The Lion Boy trilogy – Zizou Corder
Charlie Ashanti speaks cat - the language of all cats wild and domestic alike. His unusual talent helps him on his quest to find his kidnapped parents who have discovered a cure for asthma. The local cats of his hometown (a futuristic London) start him on his search to solve the mystery of his missing parents, which leads him across the channel on board a circus ship bound for Paris.
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stephenson
A voyage for buried treasure spells trouble for cabin boy Jim Hawkins, who finds himself in the middle of a mutiny with some of the nastiest pirates to ever sail the seven seas.