Library Recommended Books

Recommended Books for Upper School

This list of fiction titles all come highly recommended. In the Library, look for the books with a 14-19 (T+) sticker on the spine.


  • Most books by Catherine Fisher, Garth Nix, David Eddings, Terry Pratchett, Anne McCaffrey
  • The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggan
  • Septimum Heap books by Angie Sage
  • The Black Magician series by Trudi Canavan
  • Sharp North by Patrick Cave
  • Warhammer novels
  • The Lost Soul series by Alan Gibbons

Horror/Ghost Stories

  • Night World series by L J Smith
  • Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
  • Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
  • The Demonata series by Darren Shan
  • Thirsty by M T Anderson


  • A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnell
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
  • Books by Mary Higgins-Clark
  • Apocalypse by Tim Bowler
  • Tales of the Otori Trilogy by Lian Hearn (Medieval Japan)

Historical Novels

  • Tamar by Mel Peet (WW2)
  • Once series by Morris Gleitzman
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne (The Holocaust)
  • Ellen's People by Dennis Hamley (WW2)
  • Coram Boy by Jamilla Gavin (Victorian - slavery)

Teenage Life

  • Books by Sara Dessen, Sara Manning, Anne Cassidy, Kate Cann, Randa Abdel-Fattah
  • Spiked by Sandra Glover
  • Most books by Meg Rosoff
  • Bokks by Jodi Picoult
  • The Gossip Girl series by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Books About Issues

  • Paralysed by Sherry Ashworth (Disability)
  • Massive by Julia Bell
  • The Megan series by Mary Hooper (Teenage pregnancy)
  • Caught in the Crossfire by Alan Gibbons (Racism)
  • The Noughts & Crosses books by Malorie Blackman (Racism)
  • Stone Cold by Robert Swindell (Homelessness)
  • Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy (Abusive families)
  • Fat Boy Swim by Catherine Forde (Bullying)

Science Fiction

  • Books by Arthur C Clarke
  • Books by Douglas Adams
  • Transplant by Malcolm Rose
  • the Death Gene by Malcolm Rose

Adventure Stories

  • Books by Chris Ryan
  • Books by Andy McNab
  • War Stories WW1/WW2/Falklands etc by various authors