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"People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading." - Logan Pearsall Smith

"Reading maketh a full man." - Francis Bacon

"The reading of good books is like a conversation with the best men of past centuries." - Rene Descartes

"A good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit." - John Milton

"A good book is the best of friends, the same today and for ever." - Martin Tupper

"Books think for me." - Charles Lamb

"All books are either dreams or swords, You can cut, or you can drug, with words." - Amy Lowell

"People die, but books never die." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Books do furnish a room." - Anthony Powell

"A good book is the purest essence of a human soul." - Thomas Carlyle

"The proper study of mankind is books." - Aldous Huxley

"I have rather studied books than men." - Francis Bacon

Platinum Reading List for S1 and S2


Ashley, Bernard
: Little Soldier - Child African soldier amongst the London Dockland street gangs
Bowler, Tim: River Boy - A boy's grandfather's determination to finish his last painting about a riverboy
Burgess, Melvin, Junk - Two teenage runaways in love with each other and with heroin
Doherty, Berlie, Dear Nobody - Two teenagers trying to cope with parenthood
Lingard, Joan, Twelfth Day of July - A young couple in Belfast trying to make a new life


Adams, Richard, Watership Down - Adventure fantasy about rabbits
Atkinson, Eleanor, Greyfriars Bobby - True story about a faithful dog
Bawden, Nina, The Peppermint Pig - How a pig kept a family together
Hendry, Frances, Quest for a Kelpie - Historical fantasy set in Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scotland
London, Jack, The Call of the Wild - US adventure story of a dog in the frozen North


Alcott, Louisa May, Little Women - American family story about 4 sisters
Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice - A man changes his manners and a young lady changes her mind
Blackmore, R D, Lorna Doone - Historical romance and revenge in 17th century Exmoor
Bronte, Charlotte, Jane Eyre - A 19th century heroine and her struggles
Burnett, Francis Hodgson, The Secret Garden - Orphaned girl's' discovery of a secret garden and a secret
Carroll, Lewis, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Fantasy of a girl's adventures amongst animals who speak
Defoe, Daniel, Robinson Crusoe - A man's survival on a remote island
Dickens, Charles, Oliver Twist - Child exploitation and the London underworld
Doyle, Arthur Conan, The Hound of the Baskervilles - Sherlock Holmes detective tale
Grahame, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows - Tale about speaking animals
Montgomery, L M , Anne of Green Gables - Young orphan on an Canadian farm
Sewell, Anna, Black Beauty - Animal story exposing the contemporary cruelty towards horses
Stevenson, Robert Louis, Kidnapped - Scottish adventure of boy's fight against a murderous uncle
Stevenson, Robert Louis, Treasure Island - Classic treasure adventure story
Tolkien, J R R, The Hobbit - Fantasy about a hobbit seeking gold and finding a ring
Twain, Mark, Huckleberry Finn - US story about a boy's adventures down the Mississippi River
Wilder, Laura Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie - US story about a family moving westwards


Barrie, J M: Peter Pan - Fantasy adventure of a family taken by Peter Pan to Neverland
Garner, Alan, Elidor - Fantasy world of Elidor invading Manchester
Garner, Alan, Red Shift - 3 men separated in time
Lewis, C S, The Narnia Chronicles - A magic ring and the fantasy world of Narnia
Nesbit, Edith, The Phoenix and the Carpet - A Phoenix and a magic carpet
Norton, Mary, The Borrowers - A tiny people living under the floor
Pullman, Philip, The Dark Materials Trilogy - Set in alternative universes


Bawden, Nina, Carrie's War - 2 evacuated children adapting to life in Wales
Buchignani, Walter, Tell No One Who You Are - A true story of a young Jewish girl in Belgium hiding from the Nazis
Frank, Anne, The Diary of Anne Frank - A Dutch Jewish girl's diary of hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam
Kerr, Judith, When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit - A family fleeing from Nazi Germany
Magorian, Michelle, Goodnight Mister Tom - A young evacuee's relationship with an old man
Richter, Hans Peter, I Was There - A young person living in Third Reich Germany
Serralier, Ian, The Silver Sword - Children trying to find their parents in Nazi Europe
Temperley, Alan, Murdo's War - Boy's adventure story set in Scotland


Almond, David: Kit's Wilderness - A game called death turns into a challenge
Dunlop, Eileen, The House on the Hill - A secret room in Glasgow
Pilling, Ann, Henry's Leg - A boy's collecting hobby turns into a thriller
Porter, Gene Stratton, Freckles - An orphan in the Limberlost wilderness learns to survive
Swindells, Robert, Brother in the Land - Survival of a boy after a nuclear holocaust
Watson, James, Talking in Whispers - A teenager in Chile outlawed from the ruling Junta


Breslin, Theresa
, Kezzie - Family story of a quest for a missing sister during Scotland in the 1930's Depression
Garfield, Leon, Smith - A young pickpocket in 18th century London
Gavin, Jamila, Coram Boy - Two boys during the 18th century slave trade
Geras, Adele, Troy - Retelling of the ancient Greek tale of the siege of Troy
Hunter, Mollie, The Stronghold - 1st century Orkney society and brochs
Crossley-Holland, Kevin, Arthur.The Seeing Stone - Reworking of the legends about Arthur
Pullman, Philip, The Ruby in the Smoke - A mystery in Victorian London
Taylor, Mildred D, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Life for a black child in the American South during the 1930's

Compiled by
Mrs J Neilson