KS3 Reading List

The National Literacy Trust says, “Children who enjoy reading are happier with their lives. Regular reading is associated with higher scores in reading assessments and good mental wellbeing!”

Looking for a new book to read? Well, look no further…  Titles are arranged by increasing difficulty and reading age.

Key:  *Non-fiction books / **Graphic novels

For the reluctant reader

Girl (In Real Life) by Tamsin Winter

White Bird by R.J. Palacio

Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson**

The Extremely Embarrassing life of Lottie Brooks by Katie Kirby

Rat by Patrice Lawrence

The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook

High Rise Mystery & Mic Drop by Sharna Jackson

Storm Breaker: The Graphic Novel by Anthony Horowitz**

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari

Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan

Horrible Histories by Terry Deary*

Booked by Kwame Alexander

This Book Is Cruelty Free by Linda Newbery

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell*


For the experienced reader

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Liccle Bit by Alex Wheatle

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank*

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

Maus by Art Spigelman**

Oh My Gods by Alexandra Sheppard

Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel**

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Rauf

Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell**

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee*

The Island at the End of Everything by KM Hargrave

The Infinite by Patience Agbabi


For the reader looking to be challenged

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Killer’s Cousin by Nancy Werlin

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Harry Potter series by J K Rowling

The Greatest: Muhammed Ali by Walter D Myers

The Boxer by Nikesh Shukla

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

(Un)Arranged Marriage by Bali Rai.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Brit (Ish) by Afua Hirsch*

Crossfire by Malorie Blackman

Notes from a Big Country (and other travel books) by Bill Bryson*

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi**