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.

June reading list – LGBTQ+


Fiction: Book name In the LRC
Letting Go, by Cat Clarke


When Agnes made a promise to her girlfriend Ellie, she thought they would be together forever. One year later, Agnes is keeping that promise and it’s put her in a situation she never could have predicted





Darius The Great Is Not Okay, by Adib Khorram


Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same on his first ever trip to Iran. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes.


Reverie, by Ryan La Sala


After a car accident that robbed him of his memory, the only thing Kane knows for certain is that he was found half-dead in the river. And then three of his classmates show up, claiming to be his friends and the only people who can tell him what’s truly going on. Kane doesn’t know what to believe or who he can trust. 





More Happy Than Not, by Adam Silvera


After his father’s death, Aaron has had the support of his girlfriend. But when she leaves, Thomas appears bringing Aaron happiness and making him feel safe. Aaron considers turning to a revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is….






History is All you Left Me, by Adam Silvera


Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo’s new boyfriend.




Orlando, by Virginia Woolf*


Orlando starts as a passionate young nobleman whose days are spent in rowdy revelry. By the close, he will have transformed into a modern, thirty-six-year-old woman and three centuries will have passed.






Non-fiction: Book name In the LRC
This Book is Gay, by Juno Dawson §

A funny book about being lesbian, bisexual, gay, queer, transgender or just curious – for everybody, no matter their gender or sexuality. With testimonials from people across the gender and sexual spectrums.


Maurice, by E.M. Forster*

A deeply autobiographical account of homosexual relationships in an era when love between men was illegal.



Being Jazz, by Jazz Jennings §

Jazz Jennings is one of the youngest and most prominent voices in the national discussion about gender identity. At the age of five, Jazz transitioned to life as a girl, with the support of her parents.


Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak out, by Susan Kuklin §

Six unwaveringly honest American teens describe what life is like for them as members of the transgender community





 § = available on SORA * = challenging read, Year 10 +

** 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

March 2021

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….





April 2021

April reading list – books about human rights

Fiction In the LRC
Meat Market, by Juno Dawson


Jana Novak is tall and gangly, she’s uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she’s unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom… But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn.


The Bone Sparrow, by Zana Fraillon


A deeply moving story about a refugee boy who has spent his entire life in a detention centre. It reminds us all of the importance of hope, and the power of a story to speak for anyone who’s ever struggled.


Nothing Ever Happens Here, by Sarah Hagger-Holt** §


Izzy’s family is under the spotlight when her dad comes out as Danielle, a trans woman. Izzy is terrified her family will be torn apart.




When Stars are Scattered, by Victoria Jameson**


Omar and his brother Hassan, two Somali boys, have spent a long time in the Dadaab refugee camp. Separated from their mother, they are looked after by a friendly stranger. Life in the camp isn’t always easy. . . but there’s football to look forward to, and now there’s a chance Omar will get to go to school . .


Orangeboy, by Patrice Lawrence


Sixteen-year-old Marlon has made his mum a promise – he’ll never follow his big brother, Andre, down the wrong path. So far, it’s been easy, but when a date ends in tragedy, Marlon finds himself hunted.


Blood Runner, by James Riordan §


Samuel’s parents and sister are killed by South African police. He’s is sent to live with his uncle, a tribal chief, while his brother joins the African National Congress armed struggle to avenge his family’s deaths.




The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas §


Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now a major film.




Non-fiction In the LRC
I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

The girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban.


Long Walk to Freedom, by Nelson Mandela

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time


Graphic novels In the LRC
Alpha, by Bessora Barroux


The Complete Maus, by Art Spiegelman




  • = available on SORA

** =for younger readers

May 2021

May reading list – thought provoking books

Book name In the LRC
Ink, by Alice Broadway §


Picture a world where your very action, every deed, every significant moment is tattooed on your skin for ever. When Leora’s father dies, she is determined to see him remembered and wants to remove his tattoos and made into a Skin Book. But something goes wrong…


The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky*


The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.




Heroes, by Robert Cormier §


A provocative story about the return home of teenage war hero and war victim, Francis Joseph Cassavant. He is forced to confront his past – the youth leader he idolised and who betrayed him, and the girl he still loves.




The Weight of Water, by Sarah Crossan §


When Kasienka and her mother head for England, she feels lonely. Then someone special swims into her life…





Toffee, by Sarah Crossan §


When Allison runs away from home she doesn’t expect to be taken in by Marla, an elderly woman with dementia, who mistakes her for an old friend called Toffee. But as her bond with Marla grows, Alison asks herself – where is home?


Boy in the Tower, by Polly Ho-Yen


Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him. But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.





A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness §


Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don’t quite seem to be working. But tonight is different.  Tonight, when he wakes, there’s a visitor at his window.





The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold


My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

In heaven, Susie Salmon can have whatever she wishes for – except what she most wants, which is to be back with the people she loved on earth.






Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson


Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s



  • = available on SORA

* = challenging read, Year 10 +

** for younger readers

*  challenging read; for ambitious readers

+ watch the film afterwards!

= Available on Sora