Recommended Reading

Most of these books can be found in our school library - if not Miss Simpson has a copy.  These are books she has read, and can personally recommend:

Books In A Series:
  • The Tomorrow Series by John Marsden.
  • Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore.  Must start with 'The Recruit'.
  • Henderson Boys Series by Robert Muchamore.  Start with 'The Escape'.
  • Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowitz.
  • Hatchet Series by Gary Paulsen.
  • Mr Tucket Series by Gary Paulsen.
  • Once Series by Morris Gleitzman.
  • Gone Series by Michael Grant.
  • Monster Series by Michael Grant.  Is a sequel to the Gone Series.
  • Brotherband Series by John Flanagan
  • The Seven Signs Series by Michael Adams
  • Theodore Boone Series by John Grisham

Awesome Trilogies:

  • The Ellie Chronicles Trilogy by John Marsden.  Is a sequel to the Tomorrow Series.
  • Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
  • Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth.
  • Monument 14 Trilogy by Emmy Laybourne.
  • ‘I Am Not Esther’, ‘I Am Rebecca’ and ‘Being Magdelene’ by Fleur Beale.
  • 'The Rains', followed by 'Last Chance' by Gregg Hurwitz.

Recommended Authors:
  • Michael Morpugo.  Best books include 'Elephant In The Garden', 'Shadow' and 'Alone On A Wide Sea'.
  • Des Hunt.  Best books include 'Whale Pot Bay', 'The Tooth'. 'The Last Tuatara', 'Project Huia' and 'The Peco Incident'.
  • Chris Ryan.  Best books include 'Wildfire' and 'Flash Flood'.

Awesome Books:

  • 'Girl Savage' by Katherine Rundell.
  • 'The Transformation Of Minna Hargreaves' by Fleur Beale.
  • 'The Secret Of Spirits Bay' by Stephen Barker.
  • 'One More River' by Lynne Reid Banks.
  • 'Pavarna' by Deborah Ellis.
  • 'A Company Of Fools' by Deborah Ellis.
  • 'Shauzia' by Deborah Ellis.
  • 'Calling The Gods' by Jack Lasenby.
  • 'The Haystack' by Jack Lasenby.
  • 'Escape The Sea' by L.S Lawrence.
  • 'Malka' by Mirjam Pressler.
  • 'They Came On Viking Ships' by Jackie French.
  • 'A Beautiful Lie' by Irfan Master.
  • 'First Girl' by Gloria Whelan.
  • 'Night Of The Burning' by Linda Wulf.
  • 'Throwaway Daughter' by Ting-Xing Ye.
  • 'Stig Of The Dump' by Clive King.
  • 'Call Of The Wild' by Jack London.
  • 'Lucky' by Susan Patron.
  • 'The Machine Gunners' by Robert Westall.
  • 'AK' by Peter Dickinson.
  • 'Dead Dan's Dee' by Phyllis Johnston.
  • 'X Marks The Spot' by Joan de Hamel.
  • 'Over A Thousand Miles I Walk With You' by Hanna Jansen.
  • 'Ties That Bind, Ties That Break' by Lensey Namioka.
  • 'The Sheep On The Fourth Floor' by Leonie Thorpe.
  • 'Mao's Last Dancer' by Li Cunxin.
  • 'I Am David' by Anne Holm.
  • 'Gentle Ben' by Walt Morey.
  • 'A Small Free Kiss In The Dark' by Glenda Millard.
  • 'Just Jack' by Adele Broadbent.
  • 'Holes' by Louis Sachar.
  • 'Small Steps' by Louis Sachar.
  • ‘There’s A Boy In The Girls Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar.
  • 'Revolver' by Marcus Sedgwick.
  • 'Peak' by Roland Smith.
  • 'Millions' by Cottrell Boyce.
  • 'Falling Leaves' by Adeline Yen Mah.
  • 'Chinese Cinderella' by Adeline Yen Mah.
  • 'Goodnight Mr Tom' by Michelle Magorian.
  • 'The One And Only Ivan' by Katherine Applegate.
  • ‘Crenshaw’ by Katherine Applegate.
  • 'Hating Alison Ashley' by Robin Klein.
  • 'The Power Of One' by Bryce Courtenay.
  • 'The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas' by John Boyne.
  • 'The Boy At The Top Of The Mountain' by John Boyne.
  • 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B White.
  • 'The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe' by C.S Lewis.
  • 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • 'A Little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
  • 'Because Of Winn Dixie' by Kate DiCamillo.
  • 'The Reluctant Hero' by Willie Apiata.
  • 'Seal Boy' by Ken Catran.
  • 'Darby' by Johnathon Faqua.
  • 'Polar Boy' by Sandy Fussell.
  • 'In My Hands' by Irene Gut Opdyke.
  • 'Out Of Bounds' by Beverley Naidoo.
  • 'Dunger' by Joy Cowley.
  • 'Mrs Frisbee And The Rats Of NIMH' by Robert O'Brien.
  • 'Weirdo' by Theodore Taylor.
  • 'Sole Survivor' by Ruthanne McCunn.
  • 'The Girl Who Walked On Air' by Emma Carroll.
  • 'Trash' by Andy Mulligan.
  • 'Big Game' by Dan Smith.
  • 'Boy X' by Dan Smith.
  • 'Catch Us If You Can' by Catherine MacPhail.
  • 'Wonder' by RJ Palacio.
  • 'My Sister Lives On The Mantlepiece' by Annabel Pitcher.
  • ‘The Boy With Two Heads’ by Andy Mulligan.
  • ‘My Brother’s Secret’ by Dan Smith.
  • ‘Within These Walls’ by Robyn Bavati.
  • ‘Brave Company’ by David Hill.
  • ‘The Pearl Shell Diver’ by Kay Crabbe.
  • ‘One Thousand Hills’ by James Roy.
  • ‘Storm Horse’ by Nick Garlick.
  • ‘I Am Malala’ by Malala Yousafzai.
  • 'One Dog And His Boy' by Eva Ibbotson.
  • 'Half A World Away' by Cynthia Kadohata.
  • 'Winter's Bullet' by William Osborne.
  • 'A Night Divided' by Jennifer Nielson.
  • 'How To Look For A Lost Dog' by Ann Martin.
  • 'Freak The Mighty' by Rodman Philbrick.
  • 'Max The Mighty' by Rodman Philbrick.
  • 'The Big Dark' by Rodman Philbrick.
  • 'Mr Romanov's Garden In The Sky' by Robert Newton.
  • 'Lion-A Long Way Home' by Saroo Brierley.
  • 'One Half From The East' by Nadia Hashimi.
  • 'Salt To The Sea' by Ruta Sepetys.
  • 'Goldfish Boy' by Lisa Thompson.
  • 'The Bubble Boy' by Stewart Foster.
  • 'Kick' by Mitch Johnson.
  • 'Pax' by Sara Pennypacker.
  • 'The Bicycle Spy' by Yona Zeldis McDonough


  1. I wonder how long it would take to read all these books! I'll probly only read half of them.

  2. I recommend reading "To the Max" by Mark Inglis.
    We did a essay on it in english and i really enjoyed the book about how he overcomes his disability and uses it to his advantage.

    1. Hi Alex, great to hear from you. Hope all is well at high school? Thanks for the recommendation, will definitely check it out!

  3. Wow! This list is long but it will help me to find a book that I think I would be interested in. :)

  4. I definitely needed this list, thanks for recommending all these.

    1. No problem Emma! It has been a long time since I read some of these, I might need to do some re-reads in the holidays I think!

  5. I recommend reading ''No Safe Harbor'' by David Hill. we did an essay on it in english and i found it really interesting reading about the Wahine disaster and learning about a piece of New Zealand history.

    1. Hi Logan, thanks for the message and recommendation. David Hill is a great author, so no doubt 'No Safe Harbour' is a good read. Hope high school is going well?

  6. I wonder how long it will take to read all of those books. I would like to read them, but I don't think all of them are over here in Rarotonga.

  7. I have already read ten of these books and loved them, but I challenge myself to read them all in the next two years in room six!

    1. Emma and Jensen basically got to the end of the list in 2016, Zoe. They said it was a hard challenge because I kept adding new books to the list! Good luck!

  8. Over the past year and a bit I have read another 35 from the list, meaning I have read 45 books from the list! I am going to try and 50 by the end of the year!