Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Year 7 book list (mostly fiction)

Recently I was asked for a short list of books to recommend to Year 7.  With the help of knowledgeable teacher librarian colleagues, the list got longer - and even more useful.  If you're looking for fiction for Year 7 students (age 11/12, first year of high school), then here are some ideas (in no particular order):

  • Cynthia Voigt - Homecoming (series)
  • Tim Bowler - River Boy
  • Robert Cormier - Tunes for Bears to Dance To
  • David Almond - Kit's Wilderness
  • Tomorrow series by John Marsden
  • Dragonkeeper series by Carole Wilkinson
  • Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix
  • Miss McAllister's ghost
  • It's not all about you, Calma
  • Don't call me Ishmael  and sequel
  • Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan
  • Jacqueline Wilson books
  • I Sean Williams' excellent trilogy: The Changeling, Dust Devils and Scarecrow
  • Andy Griffiths books
  • Morris Gleitzman books
  • Paul Jennings books
  • the Specky Magee series by Felice Arena
  • Beast Quest series by Emily Rodda
  • Too Cool series
  • the My Story books (historical faction) (yes, faction) (various authors)
  • Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
  • Young James Bond - Silverfin etc by Charlie Higson
  • SAS stuff - Chris Ryan
  • Cherub series by Robert Muchamore
  • Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
  • anything by Matthew Reilly
  • Edge Chronicles
  • Michael Panckridge for sports titles
  • Shorts series by Margaret Clark
  • Diego, Run! Deborah Ellis - and all her other titles
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)
  • Coraline (Neil Gaiman)
  • Maximum Ride series (James Patterson)
  • Mao's Last Dancer (Cunxin Li)
  • Elsewhere (Gabrielle Zevin)
  • Extreme Adventure series by Justin D'Ath
  • Action Sports series (Macmillan) by Ron Thomas & Joe Herran
  • The Dons by Archimede Fusillo
  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  • The Extraordinary Adventure of Alfred Kropp by Yancey
  • Black Dog Gang by Robert Newton (rat plague, Sydney, 1900)
  • Horrible Histories (read for fun by many kids)
  • Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  • Raewyn Caisley's sport fiction books
  • Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
  • Meg Cabot books
  • Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer
  • Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
  • John Larkin books
  • Pendragon series by D.J. McHale
  • Time stops for no mouse series by Michael Hoeye
  • Wind Singer series by William Nicholson
  • Rosemary Sutcliff books
  • Mortal Engines series by Phillip Reeve
  • Warriors series by Erin Hunter
  • Dinosaur Knights by Michael Gerard Bauer
  • Megs series (about soccer) [co-authored by Mark Schwarzer]

with many thanks to the colleagues who contributed to this list.

1 comment:

hurlrox said...

fabulous list - thanks so much