This year we are introducing a monthly thematic reading list. Tutors will go through this with their tutor group at the start of each month and encourage students to read as many of the books as possible. A large number of the books will be available to request from the LRC.

March reading list – books about being different


Book Available on SORA In the LRC
The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket, by John Boyne


There’s nothing unusual or different about the Brocket family – and they’re keen to keep it that way. But when Barnaby Brocket comes into the world, it’s clear he’s anything but ordinary. To his parents’ horror, Barnaby defies the laws of gravity – and floats.






Artichoke Hearts, by S Brahmachari**


Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic and outspoken family where it’s not always easy to be heard. As her beloved Nana Josie’s health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her, and also starts to keep some of her own.






Apple and Rain, by Sarah Crossan


When Apple’s mother returns after eleven years away, Apple feels whole again. But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother’s homecoming is bittersweet. It’s only when Apple meets someone more lost than she is that she begins to see things as they really are.





Y – text





Shine, by Candy Gourlay**

Rosa suffers from a rare condition that renders her mute. She lives on an island where it never stops raining and the people there because that Rosa is a monster because of her condition. Isolated in a house with only the internet for company, Rosa is befriended by a boy online…




The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness


Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then Todd Hewitt unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible. And now he’s going to have to run…




Y – text




History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera (LGBTQ)

Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. When he befriends his ex-boyfriend’s new boyfriend, their relationship turns increasingly complicated.




Y- audiobook




The Sun is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon (BAME)

A girl who believes in science and facts, not fate, is about to be deported to Jamaica. Then she meets Daniel: the good son and student who realises that fate has something in store for them both….





** for younger readers

*  challenging read; for ambitious readers

+ watch the film afterwards!

= Available on Sora

Previous Reading Lists

September 2020

September’s reading list is ‘Top Authors to follow on Social Media’ (for ages 13+). We encourage you to have a look at both the authors and the books that they have written. There really is something there for everyone!

Instagram requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they create an account

Top authors to follow on social media 

  1. Ally Carter (@theallycarter)

New York Times bestselling author of the YA books series The Gallagher Girls  and The Heist Society Series about teenage spies and teenagers


  1. Patrice Lawrence (@lawrencepatrice)

A British award winner writer and journalist, Lawrence’s Orangeboy and Rose, Interrupted are gripping reads about teenagers overcoming situations none of us would want to be in


  1. Amie Kaufman (@amiekaufmanauthor)

Co-author of the thrilling bestselling series Starbound Trilogy and the Illuminae Files. Her novels focus on teenage science fiction and fantasy


  1. John Green (@johngreenwritesbooks)

The author of many award-winning novels such as The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. He is known for his witty and inspiring posts


  1. Jay Asher (@jayasher13)

An author that takes on the most serious, deadly problems today’s teenagers face. His first book, Thirteen Reasons Why has won numerous awards. His second co-authored book is called The Future Of Us  


  1. Gayle Forman (@gayleforman)
    Known worldwide for her bestselling novel If I Stay, the story about Mia: a 17-year old girl who has to make a choice after being involved in a car accident. The book has been adapted into a film of the same title


  1. Leigh Bardugo (@lbardugo)

Bardugo writes young adult science fiction and fantasy novels and is the author of the bestselling series The Grisha


  1. Non Pratt (@nonpratt)

A witty (lover of cats) author to follow, whose stories are somewhat more serious. Truth or Dare is a gripping love story, whilst Unboxed tells the story of four teenagers ruined with a friend who is dying


  1. Malorie Blackman (@malorie_blackman)

Author of the powerful Noughts & Crosses series: a story about two young people forced to make a stand against racism in a dystopian society


  1. Adam Silvera (@adamsilvera)

An excellent LGBT author of books such as More Happy Than Not, History Is All You Left Me and They Both Die at The End which all see characters overcome extreme odds


Twitter requires people using the service to be 13 years of age or older

  1. Thomas Taylor (@ThomasHTaylor)

Illustrator and author of the Legends of the Eerie-On-Sea series which is about a legendary sea-monster, the Malamander


  1. Jason Reynolds (@JasonReynolds83)

Reynolds is a writer who writes ‘books for kids who don’t read books’. His novels, such as Long Way Down are compassionate and timely with diverse characters


  1. Rick Riordan (@rickriordan)

The New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson series


  1. E. Durrant (@SEDurrant) 

Described as a ‘writer with heart’, her novels Running on Empty and Talking To the Moon are truthful, moving and gripping reads


  1. Alex Wheatle(@Brixtonbard)

An award winning author and described by The Times as ‘one of the most exciting writers of the black urban experience’. Crongton Knights is a funny, moving book about lessons learned the hard way and Liccle Bit follows a student caught in the middle of a gang war


  1. SF Said (@whatSFSaid)

A film journalist and a writer for young adults, Said tweets about issues facing young people today.  Phoenix has brilliant illustrations and brings together fantasy and science fiction


  1. Anthony Horowitz (@AnthonyHorowitz)

TV and film writer as well as author specialising in mystery and suspense. His work for young readers include the Alex Rider and the Diamond Brothers series


  1. Jewell Parker Rhodes (@jewell_p_rhodes)

Rhodes writes books hoping to inspire social justice and equality. Ghost Boys tells the harrowing story of a boy shot dead by police who mistake his toy gun for a real threat


  1. Dan Freedman (@DanFreedman99)

If you want to read stories that evolve around sport, The Jamie Johnson Series and Unstoppable are for you. Freedman is proud that he ‘writes books for kids that don’t read’


  1. Mitch Johnson (@Mitchauthor)

Author of Kick, a boy who wants to escape the sweat shop and play football for the greatest team on earth. Football fiction at its best




To keep up with the latest recommendations for YA novels, extracts and poetry, follow @YArecommends

October 2020

October 2020

Top reads by BAME authors

October is UK Black History Month, and excellent excuse to explore the diverse voices and experiences found in books by authors of Colour. Here are just a selection of top reads – how many can you read in the month of October?



  • Arrow of God, by Chinua Achebe*
  • Ade’s Amazing Ade-Venture, by Adepitan Ade**
  • Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Miles Morales Straight out of Brooklyn, by Saladin Ahmed
  • Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties, by Humza Arshad & Henry White
  • Black Flamingo, by Dean Atta
  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, by Yaba Badoe
  • Go Tell It On the Mountain, by James Baldwin*
  • A Change is Gonna Come, by Mary Bello et al.
  • Chasing the Stars, by Malorie Blackman
  • My Sister the Serial Killer, by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • The Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler*
  • A Toolkit for How Messed Up Life Can be, by Gemma Cairney
  • Chinglish, by Sue Cheung
  • The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas*
  • Ordinary People, by Diana Evans
  • Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • High Rise Mystery, by Sharma Jackson**
  • Freedom, by Catherine Johnson
  • Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence
  • Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, by Ayisha Malik
  • The Lost Girl, by Mandanna Sangu
  • How High the Moon, by Karyn Parsons**
  • The Jungle, by Pooja Puri
  • Game On, by Bali Rai
  • Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds**
  • Oh My Gods, by Alexandra Sheppard
  • Run, Riot, by Nikesh Shukla
  • Anita and Me, by Meera Syal
  • Someone Give This Heart a Pen, by Sophia Thakur
  • The Colour Purple, by Alice Walker
  • Beyond the Bright Sea, by Lauren Wolk**


Non fiction:

  • Staying Power, by Peter Fryer
  • Black Tudors, by Miranda Kaufman
  • Different Class, by Dermot Kavanagh
  • Black and British, by David Olusoga
  • The Life and Rhymes of Benjamin Zephaniah: The Autobiography, by Benjamin Zephaniah

** =for younger readers

* = challenging read; for ambitious readers

November 2020

November reading list – celebrating the diversity of men

International Men’s Day (IMD) is an annual international event celebrated in over 80 countries on 19 November. The aim of IMD is to celebrate men and boys in all their diversity. This list focuses on some of the issues men overcome as well as championing some excellent books with strong male protagonists.



· Boy Under Water, by Adam Baron**

· Tangerine, by Edward Bloor**

· The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, by John Boyne

· The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket, by John Boyne**

· Alone, by D.J. Brazier

· Efren Divided, by Ernesto Cisneros

· Boy 87, by Ele Fountain

· The Bubble Boy, by Stewart Foster**

· Jamie Johnson Football Series, by Dan Freedman**

· The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gammon

· My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George**

· The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

· Race to the Frozen North, by Catherine Johnson

· Mister Pip, by Lloyd Jones*

· Darius the Great is Not Ok, by Abid Khorram

· The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver*

· The Art of Starving, by Sam J Miller

· Private Peaceful, by Michael Morpurgo

· Monster, by Walter Dean Myers

· A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

· Release, by Patrick Ness

· Freak the Mighty (Scolastic Gold), by Rodman Philbrick**

· Long Way Down, by Jason Reynolds

· Ghost Boy, by Jewell Parker Rhodes

· The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger*

· Marcelo in the Real World, by Francisco X. Stork


Non fiction:

· The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama*

· Heroes: The Myths of the Ancient Greek heroes retold, by Stephen Fry*

· Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea, by Sungju Lee & Susan Elizabeth McClelland

· It’s Only Banter: The Autobiography of Leroy Rosenior, by Leroy Rosenior

· They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei

** =for younger readers

* = challenging read; for ambitious readers

December 2020

December reading list – celebrating disability

International Day of Persons with Disabilities falls on the 3rd of December each year, with the aim of promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities. Fullbrook embraces differences and disabilities. To reflect this, here is a list of some excellent reads about both physical and mental disabilities.



  • Poppy Shakespeare, by Clare Allen*
  • Notes on the Flesh, by Shahd Alshammari*
  • Beauty is a Verb, by Sheila Black, Jennifer Bartlett, Michael Northern (anthology of poems)
  • Are we all Lemmings and Snow Flakes, by Holly Bourne*
  • The One Thing, by Marci Lyn Curtis
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Corinne Duyvis
  • The Good Hawk, by Joseph Elliot**
  • Call Me Ahab, by Ann Finger
  • Check Mates, by Stewart Foster**
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, by Mark Haddon
  • Fish In A Tree, by Lydna Mullaly Hunt
  • Music our Bodies Can’t Hold, by Andy Jackson
  • I have no Secrets, by Penny Joel
  • Accidents of Nature, by Harriet McBryde Johnson
  • Whisper, by Chrissie Keighery
  • Song for a Whale, by Lynne Kelly**
  • Rogue, by Lyn Miller Lachmann
  • Red Sky in the Morning, by Elizabeth Laird**
  • A Mango – Shaped Space, by Wendy Mass**
  • Rain Reign, by Ann M. Martin
  • A Kind of Spark, by Ellie McNicoll**
  • Miss Spitfire, by Sarah Miller**
  • The Key to Flambards, by Linda Newberry**
  • Wonder, by RJ Palacio
  • Planet Earth is Blue, by Nicole Panteleakos**
  • House Rules, by Jodi Picoult
  • Ghost, by Jason Reynolds
  • She is Not Invisible, by Marcus Sedgwick
  • Can You See Me?, by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott
  • Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman
  • Out of My Mind, by Linda J Thorne (a collection of poems)
  • Ride High Pineapple, by Jenny Woolsey**

Non fiction:

  • Laughing at my nightmare, by Shane Burcaw
  • I Am Not a Label, by Cerrie Burnell
  • How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, by Temple Grandin**
  • Ugly, by Robert Hoge**


** =for younger readers

* = challenging read; for ambitious readers

January 2021

January reading list – books that will make you laugh

January can be a difficult month (especially after the year we have had!). Here are some books that we hope will keep your spirits up and make you laugh out loud.

  • Posted, by John David Anderson
  • It Only Happens in the Movies, by Holly Bourne
  • Mutant Zombies Cursed my School Trip!, by Matt Brown
  • Be Prepared, by Vera Brosgol
  • The Princess Diaries, by Meg Cabot
  • Awkward, by Svetlana Chmakova**
  • Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, by Frank Cottrell-Boyce**
  • The Serpent’s Secret, by Sayantani Dasgupta**
  • The Private Blog of Joe Cowley, by Ben Davis**
  • Wed Wabbit, by Lisa Evans**
  • Fake Blood, by Whitney Gardner**
  • Super Awkward, by Beth Garrod
  • Pure Dead Magic, by Debi Gliori**
  • India Smythe Stands Up, by Sarah Govett
  • An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
  • Alex in Wonderland, by Simon James Green
  • Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green
  • The Reformed Vampire Support Group, by Catherine Jinks
  • Finding Audrey, by Sophie Kinsella
  • Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy
  • Henry Tumour, by Anthony McGowan
  • Don’t Even Think About It, by Sarah Mlynowski**
  • The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman*
  • The Last Hero, by Terry Pratchett
  • Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • Geekhood, by Andy Robb**
  • The Gifted, the Talented and Me, by William Sutcliffe
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, by Sue Townsend
  • The Storied Life of A.L. Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin*


February 2021

February reading list – books about relationships

This month’s reading list focuses on the different types of relationships grown-ups and children encounter. There is something for everyone here: graphic novels, audio books and stories for both younger and ambitious readers.      



  • Written in the Stars, by Alexandria Bellefleur
  • Noughts and Crosses, by Malorie Blackman
  • An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han
  • Why We Broke Up, by Daniel Handler
  • Hold Back the Stars, by Katie Khan+
  • Every Day, by David Levithan
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohen and David Levithan+
  • Across the Barricades, by Joan Lingard
  • I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
  • One Day, by David Nicholls*
  • Big Mouth and Ugly Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Rani and Sukh, by Bali Rai
  • Wrecked, by Louisa Reid
  • How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff+
  • Written in the Stars, by Aisha Saeed
  • Our Chemical Hearts, by Krystal Sutherland
  • If You Come Softly, by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Everything Everything, by Nicola Yoon+



  • Hey, Kiddo, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka=*
  • A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
  • Forget Me Not, by Ellie Terry


  • One and Only Ivan, Katherine Applegate**
  • Boy Underwater, by Adam Baron**
  • Wonder, by RJ Palacio**
  • Here in the Real World, by S Pennypacker**


** for younger readers

*  challenging read; for ambitious readers

+ watch the film afterwards!

= Available on Sora

** for younger readers

*  challenging read; for ambitious readers

+ watch the film afterwards!

= Available on Sora