Key Stage 3

If your child needs a bit of encouragement to read, try to use their interests to engage them in books.  Sporting biographies or autobiographies can be useful if your child is keen on sports or has a particular hobby.  Audio books can also be a useful way to promote reading if you need to try something new.  If there is nothing on this list that appeals, please feel free to email for additional suggestions – we’re always happy to talk about new books and reading.  

We’ve included some ideas for reading below, but this is in no way a comprehensive list.  Have a look at some of the children’s book awards to get extra ideas for reading:

The Waterstones Children’s Book Awards

North East Teenage Book Award

Other useful sites to recommend reading books are below:

The Book Trust

Love Reading 4 Kids

World Book Day

Books For Keeps

The Bound (bookshop in Whitley Bay)


Suggested Reading List




S E Hinton

The Outsiders

Louis Sacher

Small Steps (sequel to Holes)

Anne Holm

I am David

Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games Trilogy

Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mr Tom

Phillip Reeve

Mortal Engines

Gillian Cross

Dark Ground

John Green

The Fault In Our Stars

Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident  of the  Dog in the Night Time

Douglas Adams

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

Jamila Gavin

Coram Boy

J. R. R. Tolkien

Lord of The Rings

Gillian Cross


Celia Rees

Witch Child

Francis Hardinge

The Lie Tree

Francis Hardinge


JK Rowling

Harry Potter Series

George Orwell

Animal Farm

Tomi Adeyemi

The Children of Blood and Bone

R J Palacio


Catherine Wilkins

The Weird Friends Fan Club

Elizabeth Wein

White Eagles

Anne Cassidy

Looking for JJ

Sally Gardner

Maggot Moon

Philip Pullman

The Ruby in the Smoke

Leah Moore

Conspiracy of Ravens

Taran Matharu

Contender: The Chosen

More Challenging Classics



Aldous Huxley

Brave New World

Harper Lee

To Kill A Mockingbird

William Golding

Lord of the Flies

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations

Charlotte Bronte

Jane Eyre

Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound Of The Baskervilles

Marcus Zusak

The Book Thief

Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Stephen Fry


Richard Adams

Watership Down

Philip Pullman

The Book of Dust




Anne Frank

The Diary of Anne Frank

Greta Thunberg

No-one’s Too Small To Make A Difference

Bill Bryson

A Short History of Nearly Everything

Rachel Ignotofsky

The Incredible Ecosystems of Planet Earth

Malala Yousafzai

I am Malala

Dorling Kindersley

100 Women Who Made History

Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda

Mary and Frankenstein

Rachel Ignotofsky

Women in Science

Jo Nelson

Destination: Planet Earth

Joe Simpson

Touching the Void

Maria Ana Peixe

Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

Sangma Francis & Lisk Feng


Bear Grylls

How to Stay Alive

New for 2022

The Collectors – Phillip Pullman

The Ghost Hunter Chronicles – Yvette Fielding

Prey Zone – Wilbur Smith