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Suggested reading for Year 7 & Year 8: Autumn Term

The Island at the End of Everything

Here are some of out favourite new books that are perfect for pupils in Year 7 & Year 8 to read during the Autumn term.

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  • Until We Win

    Author: Linda Newbery
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    This dyslexia friendly book looks at feminism and friendship, set against the looming backdrop of the First World War. Lizzy is a fantastic character, full of passion and wonderfully unafraid to stand up for herself after joining the Suffragettes.

  • The Island at the End of Everything

    Author: Kiran Millwood Hargrave
    Publisher: Chicken House

    Amihan lives happily on the island of Culion in the Phillipines with her mother, her Nanay, who has leprosy, and in a wider community where some people are "touched" with the disease, and some are not.

  • Mind the Gap

    Author: Phil Earle
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    When Mikey's unreliable, mysterious and more than slightly dodgy dad Vinny dies, Mikey seems to lose himself and spirals into a self-destructive spiral of despair - and his best friend loses Mikey. 

  • The Secret Keepers

    Author: Trenton Lee Stewart Illustrator: Diana Sudyka
    Publisher: Chicken House

    When Rueben finds an unusual old pocket watch, he discovers it has a secret power: it makes the holder invisible for 15 minutes at a time. Unfortunately, the sinister ruler of the city will stop at nothing to possess it. A captivating page-turner.

  • The Guggenheim Mystery

    Author: Robin Stevens (based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd)
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    When Ted Spark's Aunt Gloria is framed for the theft of a painting from the Guggenheim Museum, he must race through the streets of New York to find the real culprit. An exciting and heartwarming tale from Robin Stevens, continuing the legacy of late author Siobhan Dowd.

  • What Not to Do If You Turn Invisible

    Author: Ross Welford
    Publisher: Harper Collins

    Thirteen-year-old Ethel absolutely hates having acne, and will go to some pretty drastic measures to cure it - but she didn't imagine she'd turn invisible. Full of pathos and moral dilemma, this book is a great parable for the emotional turmoil of puberty.

  • Wing Jones

    Author: Katherine Webber
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Wing has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Marcus. But when he does something unforgivable, Wing’s life starts to change beyond all recognition. A heart-warming, positive tale about family, identity and coming of age.

  • The Harder They Fall

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Bali Rai once again hits home with a current and unfortunately necessary book. As always, the characters are fully fleshed out, the dialogue both believable and accessible, and the plot well paced and worthy of its subject matter.

  • Overheard in a Tower Block

    Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Kate Milner
    Publisher: Otter-Barry Books

    Recounting the childhood of a child living in a city tower block, many of these poems are sad or angry and bristle with an edginess that young teens may find refreshing when compared to other poetry aimed at them.

  • Moondust

    Author: Gemma Fowler
    Publisher: Chicken House

    A moon-based sci-fi action thriller constructed around Earth's ever-increasing demand for cheap energy. It has some relevant and thought-provoking content about excessive consumption, corporate greed and the corrupting effects of power.