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Suggested reading for Year 7 and Year 8: Autumn Term

The Wordsmith

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

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  • The Wordsmith

    Author: Patricia Forde
    Publisher: Little Island Books

    Letta is a Wordsmith: responsible for handing out words to people who need them, she has never questioned why language is rationed. This post-apocalyptic thriller is full of jeopardy, nail-biting tension and some profound themes.

  • No Fixed Address

    Author: Susin Nielsen
    Publisher: Andersen Press

    If Felix can win Canada’s biggest junior quiz show, he and his mum can stop living in a car park. Or is that just wishful thinking? Felix’s story is hard to put down and the gritty issue of homelessness is tackled with sensitivity and gentle humour.

  • Kerb-Stain Boys: The Crongton Broadway Robbery

    Author: Alex Wheatle
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Briggsy, his best friend Terror and the love of Terror’s life, Caldonia, are 14 year olds living on the wrong side of the tracks. Soon, their vague fantasy of robbing a post office descends into farce. A hilarious, thrilling and uplifting read that's a breath of fresh air.

  • The House in Poplar Wood

    Author: K E Ormsbee
    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    Thirteen-year-old twins, Felix and Lee, live in the same house but lead very separate lives. Skilfully combining a gripping plot, intriguing characters and a convincing alternative world, populated by sinister beings, this is a dark and compelling novel.

  • Banana Sunday

    Author: Paul Tobin Illustrator: Colleen Coover
    Publisher: Oni Press

    Fitting into a new school isn’t easy, as Kirby discovers. This full-colour graphic novel in a school setting has an intriguing mystery and a trio of wacky, talking primates, which wittily explores "otherness" in a number of ways. 

  • Stay A Little Longer

    Author: Bali Rai
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    Since Aman’s father died, nothing has been the same. Then she befriends a new neighbour, who is lonely too. This warm, optimistic book carries a vital message about the importance of confronting and resisting homophobia in all parts of society. 

  • Conspiracy of Ravens

    Author: Leah Moore / John Reppion / Sally Jane Thompson
    Publisher: Dark Horse Comics / Penguin Random House

    Anne Ravenhall is just trying to get through her exams at boarding school - until a mysterious aunt leaves her a mysterious locket. Soon, she's caught up in a roaring supernatural adventure...

  • Firebird

    Author: Elizabeth Wein
    Publisher: Barrington Stoke

    The atmosphere and setting of World War Two Russia are brought vividly to life through Anastasia: she’s a young woman full of hope and dreams, yet entirely a product of her country. This novella packs a real punch.

  • Lou Out of Luck

    Author: Nat Luurtsema
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Lou’s life is not going to plan, but maybe she can rescue the situation with a little help from her performance club and a second-best friend who is into stuffed stoats. A great choice for anyone looking for light reading that will make them laugh out loud.

  • Bone Talk

    Author: Candy Gourlay
    Publisher: David Fickling Books

    Samkad is a boy from a remote Filipino "headhunter" tribe called Bontok in the highlands of the Philippines, back in around 1899 – on the brink of invasion by American invaders. A brilliant, exciting and fascinating adventure story.

  • Sheets

    Author: Brenna Thummler
    Publisher: Cub House Press

    At just 13, Marjorie has to run the family launderette. When a plan emerges to turn it into a posh yoga retreat, unexpected help comes from some sheet-wearing ghosts. A beautiful, modern, clever and funny graphic novel about bereavement and family.

  • For Every One

    Author: Jason Reynolds
    Publisher: Knights Of/404 Ink

    The wonderful Jason Reynolds has written this seamless long-form poem about achieving your dreams and reaching your potential. A small but perfectly formed and utterly delightful book: an ideal pick-me-up for everyone.