Here is the final part of our 100 Reads Before You Leave series which has showcased some of the best in traditional and modern children's fiction.
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Moonfleet – J Meade Falkner
Everyone in the tiny village of Moonfleet lives by the sea one way or another, so it's no surprise when young John Trenchard gets involved in the smuggling trade. Forced to flee England with a price on his head, John little guesses the adventures and trials he will have before he sees Moonfleet again or the change in his fortunes when he does.
Dracula – Bram Stoker
A young lawyer on an assignment finds himself imprisoned in a Transylvanian castle by his mysterious host. Back at home his fiancée and friends are menaced by a malevolent force which seems intent on imposing suffering and destruction. Can the devil really have arrived on England's shores? And what is it that he hungers for so desperately?
Robinson Crusoe – Daniel Defoe
This is one of the world's greatest and most popular novels of adventure. The story of amodest, never-say-die hero battling for survival on a desert island has captivated readers ever since its publication in 1719.
Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
When Lemuel Gulliver sets off from London on a sea voyage, little does he know the incredible and unbelievable misadventures awaiting. Shipwrecked at sea and nearly drowned, he washes ashore upon an exotic island called Liliput - where the people are only six inches tall!
Football against the enemy – Simon Kupe
Simon Kuper travelled to 22 countries to examine the way football has shaped them. At the same time he tried to find out what lies behind each nation's distinctive style of play, from the carefree self-expression of the Brazilians to the anxious calculation of the Italians. During his journeys he met an extraordinary range of players, politicians and - of course - the fans themselves.
To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee
A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.
The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown
Robert Langdon, Harvard Professor of symbology, receives an urgent late-night call while in Paris: the curator of the Louvre has been murdered. Alongside the body is a series of baffling ciphers. Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Da Vinci - and further.
The Other Kingdom Trilogy – Garth Nix
Venture into the magical landscape of the Old Kingdom for three spellbinding tales of discovery, destiny and danger.
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
An artist paints a picture of the young and handsome Dorian Gray. When he sees it, Dorian makes a wish that changes his life. As he grows older, his face stays young and handsome. But the picture changes. Why can’t Dorian show it to anybody? What is its terrible secret?
Master and Commander – Patrick O Brian
Master and Commander is the first of Patrick O’Brian’s now famous Aubrey/Maturin novels, regarded by many as the greatest series of historical novels ever written. It establishes the friendship between Captain Jack Aubrey RN and Stephen Maturin, who becomes his secretive ship’s surgeon and an intelligence agent.
A Certain Slant of Light – Laura Whitcomb
In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: for the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen—terrified, but intrigued—is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge.
War of the Worlds – H.G. Wells
An unforgettable tale of conflict between mankind and an alien race. The classic science fiction novel every sci-fi fan must experience and still one of the best sci-fi novels, it describes the adventures of an unnamed narrator who travels through the suburbs of London as England is invaded by Martians.
A Kestrel for a Knave – Barry Hines
Billy Casper is part of the limbo generation of school leavers too old for lessons and too young to know anything about the outside world. He hates and is hated. HHis only companion is his kestrel hawk, trained from the nest, and, like himself, trained but not tamed, with the will to destroy or to be destroyed.
How I Live Now – Meg Roscoff
Fifteen-year-old Daisy thinks she knows all about love. Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her away for the summer, to live in the English countryside with cousins she's never even met. There she'll discover what real love is: something violent, mysterious and wonderful. There her world will be turned upside down and a perfect summer will explode into a million bewildering pieces.
Big Fish – Danny Wallace
In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. Or at least that's what he told his son. Faced with the prospect of his father's death, William Bloom sets about to discover who the man really is. Daniel Wallace's magical first novel, Big Fish, is told as a series of legends and myths inspired by the few facts that William knows.
Bel Canto – Ann Patchett
Latin terrorists storm an international gathering hosted by an underprivileged country to promote foreign interest and trade, only to find that their intended target, the President, has stayed home to watch his favourite soap opera on TV. Among the hostages are a world class opera singer and her biggest fan, a Japanese tycoon. The tycoon’s engaging and sympathetic translator plays a vital role in the subsequent relationships between so many different nationalities closeted together.
The Body of Christopher Creed – Carol Plum Ucci
Chris Creed grew up as the class freak—the bullies’ punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. And it tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams’s search for answers opens his eyes to the lies, the pain, and the need to blame someone when tragedy strikes, and his once-safe world comes crashing down around him.
A Brief History of the Dead – Kevin Brockmeier
Laura Byrd is in trouble. Three weeks ago she and her friends found themselves alone in one of the coldest, most remote places on earth. Her friends set out in search of help, and now Laura realises that they are not coming back. Meanwhile in another city, more and more people arrive every day. Each has a different story to tell, but their accounts have one thing in common - it was their final journey. For this is the city of the dead.
Heroes – Robert Cormie
A provocative story about the return home of teenage war hero and war victim, Francis Joseph Cassavant, to confront his past - the youth leader he idolized and who betrayed him - and the girl he still loves.
Fallen Angels – Walter Dean Myers
A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, who, along with his platoon comes face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare.
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The book opens with a mini mystery—Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson speculate on the identity of the owner of a cane that has been left in their office by an unknown visitor. Wowing Watson with his fabulous powers of observation, Holmes predicts the appearance of James Mortimer, owner of the found object and a convenient entrée into the baffling curse of the Baskervilles.