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									                       INTERMEDIATE 2
                         READING LIST
             This list is arranged in the following genres:

CRIME AND THRILLER                                 Page 2

RELATIONSHIPS / ROMANCE                            Page 4

REAL LIFE                                          Page 6

HORROR                                             Page 9

HUMOUR                                             Page 10


FANTASY                                            Page 13

WAR                                                Page 14

OTHER TIMES / OTHER PLACES                         Page 15

SHORT STORIES                                      Page 17
                               CRIME AND THRILLER

ALLINGHAM, Marjorie               The Tiger in the Smoke
Word goes round that Jack Havoc, jail breaker and knife artist, is at large again, carving
his way into more innocent – or less innocent – lives. Together Albert Campion and Chief
Inspector Luke draw a tight net around the man-eater loose in London‟s November smog.

BROOKMYRE, Christopher             Quite Ugly One Morning
Set in Edinburgh where the maverick journalist, Jack Parlabane is caught in the
investigation of the brutal murder of the man who lives in the flat below him.

BUCHAN, John                       The Thirty Nine Steps
Richard Hannay, falsely accused of murder, has only a few days to discover the secret of
the thirty nine steps and thwart a German spy ring.

CORMIER, Robert                    In the Middle of the Night
One Halloween, Denny Colbert‟s father was involved in a terrible accident that killed 22
children. Twenty five years later, Denny is drawn into a highly charged relationship with a
mystery phone caller who threatens deadly revenge.

CORNWELL, Patricia                 Cruel and Unusual
A novel featuring Dr Kay Scarpetta, female Chief Medical Examiner. The electrocution of
a murderer and the killing of a 13 year old boy the same night seem unrelated, until
Scarpetta recalls that the boy‟s body had been arranged in a strikingly similar position to
that of the executed man‟s victim.
 Other Cornwell novels featuring Kay Scarpetta include Body of Evidence and Point of

DEXTER, Colin                     Death is now my Neighbour
An Inspector Morse novel set as usual in Oxford with the bitter rivalry of two dons for the
coveted position of Master of Lonsdale College providing the background.
Other Morse novels to try include Last Bus to Woodstock and The Wench is Dead.

DU MAURIER, Daphne                Rebecca
A story of love and suspense set in Cornwall and opening with the famous line “Last night
I dreamt I went to Manderley again”.

GRISHAM, John                     The Pelican Brief
Late one night Abe Rosenberg, the Supreme Court‟s liberal legend, is gunned down in
his own home. The same night, Myron Jensen, the court‟s youngest and most
conservative justice, is strangled. What linked the two men and what caused their
deaths? Darby Shaw thinks she knows the answer.
 Also try The Chamber or The Firm.
JAUNCEY, James                      The Witness
The Witness is set in the Scottish Highlands at a time in the not-too-distant future when
people are caught up in a conflict over who should own the land. 18 year-old John
MacNeil witnesses a massacre and later returns to the scene to find the sole survivor, a
small boy, too frightened to speak. Pursued by soldiers, John and the boy set off together
on a terrifying journey through the mountains.

Jensen, Liz                         The Ninth Life of Louis Drax
Nine-year-old Louis Drax falls off a cliff into a ravine but miraculously survives. However
the family has been shattered: Louis' father has vanished, his mother is paralysed by
shock, and Louis lies in a deep coma from which he may never emerge. In a clinic in
Provence, Dr Pascal Dannachet tries to coax Louis back to consciousness. Only Louis
holds the key to the mystery surrounding his fall - and he can't communicate. Or can he?

McILLVANNEY, William               Laidlaw
Glasgow detective Jack Laidlaw is give the job of hunting down the killer of a young girl.

PRICE, Richard                   Clockers
When a man steps forward to confess to a drugs related murder, Detective Rocco Klein
has no sense of the case being anything special. A little background research reveals
however, that the man has never been in any trouble whereas his brother runs a crew of
street corner cocaine dealers.

PULLMAN, Philip                     The Ruby in the Smoke
Sixteen year old Sally is left an orphan in Victorian London after her father drowns in
mysterious circumstances in the South China Sea. Unbeknown to Sally she is in dreadful
danger. An excellent historical thriller from a master writer.
 This book is part of a series continued in The Tin Princess.

Rai, Bali                           The Angel Collector
A search for a missing girl leads to the uncovering of a racist cult and a serial killer.

RANKIN, Ian                         Black and Blue
In the 1960s “Bible John” terrorized Glasgow, raping and murdering three women. Now a
copy-cat killer has been nicknamed “Bible Johnny” by the media and is targeting not only
Glasgow, but also Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Investigating another murder, Rebus runs
head on into the media circus.
There is a wide selection of other Rebus novels to choose from including Mortal Causes
and Dead Souls.
RENDELL, Ruth                       A New Lease of Death
Chief Inspector Wexford has to reinvestigate a 15 year old murder case.
  Some of the Wexford novels touch on topical issues, such as the public reaction to the
release of a paedophile into the community in Harm Done and protests against new
roads in Road Rage.
  You might also like to try some of Rendell‟s psychological thrillers such as
  Gallowglass and The Chimney Sweeper‟s Boy written under the name of Barbara Vine.
                           RELATIONSHIPS / ROMANCE
BERTAGNA, Julie                   The Opposite of Chocolate
It‟s a long, hot summer – and a climactic one. For 14 year old Sapphire it brings the
awesome, terrifying realization that she is pregnant – a discovery that catapults her into
the eye of a storm as her body, her future, her life, becomes a battleground for
everyone‟s needs but her own.

DOHERTY, Berlie                     Dear Nobody
When Helen discovers that she is pregnant, she and Chris struggle to cope with the
frightening uncertainty of the future.

DOWD, Siobhan                       A swift, pure Cry
The story is of a young girl coming of age in rural Ireland.

DOWNHAM, Jenny                       Before I Die
16 year old Tessa has been living with leukaemia for 4 years; with only a few months left
to live, she makes a list of things she must experience before she dies.

FINE, Anne                           Telling Liddy
The Palmer sisters are close. They see each other often, they care for one another's
children and houses and pets. Their phones ring in a ceaseless chat about in-laws and
job plans and anxieties and triumphs. They have never kept any secrets from each other
- until now. Stella tells Bridie a rumour she's heard about Liddy's new boyfriend. Bridie is
shocked, and discusses it with Heather. But should they tell Liddy?

GALLOWAY, Janice                  Where you Find It
A collection of stories with an emphasis on relationships: the struggle to love against the
odds; a yearning to communicate; and the extraordinary moments where the world falls
away, leaving only the lovers.

GUARD, Candy                      Just a little Disco on an Open-top Bus
Edie is an imaginative and confused 20 year old in 1982. Over the course of the year
Edie must decide what to do with her life – if she can keep her head out of the clouds for
long enough.

HISLOP, Victoria                     The Island
On the brink of a life-changing decision, Alexis Fielding longs to find out about her
mother's past. But Sofia has never spoken of it. All she admits to is growing up in a small
Cretan village before moving to London. When Alexis decides to visit Crete, however,
Sofia gives her daughter a letter to take to an old friend, and promises that through her
she will learn more. Arriving in Plaka, Alexis is astonished to see that it lies a stone's
throw from the tiny, deserted island of Spinalonga - Greece's former leper colony. Then
she finds Fortini, and at last hears the story that Sofia has buried all her life
LONG, Kate                         Swallowing Grandma
Bullied and picked on for most of her life, Katherine is desperate to lose weight, leave her
poisonous Gran, and most of all get a life. Swallowing Grandma is about growing up,
getting out and becoming an adult.

MAGORIAN, Michelle                 A Little Love Song
A magical summer of love and war is the catalyst that changes Rose from an uncertain,
gawky schoolgirl into a confident, assured woman.

NEWBERY, Linda                    Set in Stone
Samuel Godwin was hired by Ernest Farrow to be an art tutor to his two young daughters.
He has no idea of the dark secrets that surround this family...secrets that threaten to
consume everyone that comes into contact with the Farrow family.

PARSONS, Tony                      The Family Way
The Family Way is about three sisters ranging from their mid 20s to 30s. It reflects their
different attitudes towards motherhood though it is also, as much as this, an illustration of
the very strong bond between the three siblings.

RAI, Bali                            Rani and Sukh
In 1950s Punjab, a secret affair goes terribly wrong and the bride commits suicide after
her lover is attacked by her family. The two families part in violence and conflict. In
Leicester in 2004, Rani and Sukh fall in love, unaware of the terrible legacy of the past
and the conflict between their families.

SPARKES, Nicholas                   The Notebook
This book is an achingly tender story about the enduring power of love. It begins with
Noah Calhoun who returned home from World War II. Noah is restoring a plantation
home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of a beautiful girl he fell in love with
14 years earlier. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent
together, Noah is content to live with only memories… .until she unexpectedly returns to
his town to see him once again.

WESTALL, Robert                    Falling into Glory
Brilliant student, Robbie, develops a close and dangerous relationship with Emma Harris,
a teacher nearly twice his age. As the situation reaches crisis, they must decide what
they really want – which for Emma means the future of her career.
                                       REAL LIFE

BROOKS, Kevin                       Kissing the Rain
This book deals with an accident that Moo, the unlikely hero, witnesses whilst standing on
his favourite motorway bridge and watching the traffic. The consequences from this one
innocent action threaten to spiral out of control and both the reader and Moo are left with
a terrible decision to make.

BROOKS, Kevin                         The Road of the Dead
Ruben and Cole are two brothers who are trying to cope with the horrific rape and murder
of their sister Rachel. In order to find some answers they travel to the place of her death,
the village of Lychcombe in Dartmoor. Cole's impetuous nature soon means that Ruben
and he end up in extreme danger themselves.

BURGESS, Melvin                     Junk
A true to life story of 2 teenagers drawn into the dangerous and destructive world of
heroin addiction.

CASSIDY, Anne                       Looking for JJ
This gripping novel explores the murder of a child by her best friend. Seven years after
the murder, Jennifer Jones is released with a new identity. Through a series of
flashbacks Jennifer‟s unhappy life with her reckless mother, the events leading up to the
murder, and those immediately following it are recounted, while the main story shows
Alice Tully (as Jennifer is now called) adapting to her new life while desperately trying to
keep her secret from the press.

CORMIER, Robert                   Heroes
The story of teenage war hero and victim Francis Joseph Cassavant who returns home to
confront his past, the youth leader he idolised and who betrayed him, and a girl he still
 You could try I am the Cheese.

DOYLE, Roddy                       The Van
Hilarious and poignant, this novel deals with the friendship between two men in North
Dublin and their attempts to set up a mobile chip shop.
You could also try Paddy Clarke, Ha, Ha, Ha, The Woman Who walked into Doors and
The Snapper.

ELTON, Ben                           Dead Famous
A satirical look at the world of TV Reality shows, in which a contestant is murdered live on

GIBBONS, Alan                     Hold On
John has been holding on for years, finding inner strength to beat the bullies that torment
him during school and his father who tormented him at home. Yet something breaks,
causing him to commit suicide, and his friend Annie is determined to find out what.
GLOVER, Sandra                        You
Josie is at college, living in digs and making new friends - just the new start that she
needs. Yet someone is haunting her, leaving her unable to move on from her traumatic

GRAY, Keith                         Warehouse
A community of young people have gathered in an old warehouse to get away from a
world they don‟t fit in to. Through separate but interweaving narratives Warehouse tells
the stories of three of the community‟s members.

HADDON, Mark                       The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
Christopher is 15 and lives in Swindon with his father. He has Asperger‟s Syndrome, a
form of autism. He is obsessed with maths, science and Sherlock Holmes but finds it
hard to understand other people. When he discovers a dead dog on a neighbour‟s lawn
he decides to solve the mystery and write a detective thriller about it. As in all good
detective stories, however, the more he unearths, the deeper the mystery.

KENNAN, Ally                         Beserk
When Chas finds a website asking people to write to prisoners on death row, he decides
it would be funny to get letters from a murderer. He writes to an inmate, pretending to be
his mum, but the replies are not what he expects. His own escapades land him in a
young offender's institute, where he learns his penpal has been released.

KLASS, David                       The Braves
Joe Brickman is looking forward to his year as captain of the Lawndale High soccer team
– and to a blooming relationship with his neighbour Kristine. But when the social
structure of the school begins to crumble, Joe finds himself on the wrong side of the new
order. Violence has always been part of school life – especially at Lawndale. It goes
back generations. But as the brutal, tribal rules that govern the school are exposed, Joe
has to find the courage to break free……

MacPHAIL, Catherine                Roxy’s Baby
Roxy's Baby is about a young girl who gets pregnant and runs away from home. She gets
caught up in a sinister plan and saves the life of other people and brings life to a special
little person.

MacSween, Richard                          Victory Street
This novel is set against the background of the race riots of 2001. The narrator is Ellie, a
15-year-old girl who lives in a run-down, multi-racial area of a northern English town. One
of her best friends is Muzz, the Asian boy next door but her older brother Lewis is
involved in the fringes of a white nationalist group, and her younger brother Mattie, who
has Down's Syndrome.
NEWBERRY, Linda                    Sisterland
Hilly‟s German grandmother, HeidiGran, comes to live with her family after she gets
Alzheimer‟s disease; but as her mind becomes more muddled, secrets buried in her past
starts to emerge. Why does HeidiGran keep talking about a girl called Rachel? And why
does she make racist remarks about Hilly‟s friend, Reuben? As Hilly struggles to cope
with revelations about her family‟s past, she encounters racism and prejudice for herself
when a friend becomes the victim of a mindless attack; she also falls in love for the first

PADDOCK, Terri                      Come Clean
Disturbing novel about one girl's struggle to cope after being wrongly admitted to a boot-
camp-style rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and alcoholics.

PARSONS, TONY                       Man and Boy
Harry Silver has it all. A successful job in TV, a gorgeous wife, a lovely child. And in one
moment of madness, he chucks it all away. This is the story of how he comes to terms
with his life and achieves a degree of self-respect, bringing up his son alone.

PIERRE, D B C                      Vernon God Little
Fifteen-year-old Vernon Gregory Little is in trouble, and it has something to do with the
recent massacre of 16 students at his high school. Soon, the quirky backwater of Martirio,
barbecue capital of Texas, is flooded with wannabe CNN hacks, eager for a scapegoat.

ROSOFF, Meg                        Justin Case
What if Fate were out to get you? The day David Case saves his brother's life, his whole
world changes. He must hide, become an entirely new person to escape Fate...if he can.

SEBOLD, Alice                       Lucky
In this memoir, the author of „The Lovely Bones‟ describes the devastating effect on her
life following her brutal rape when she was an 18-year old student.

WHYMAN, Mat                        Boy kills Man
Set in Medellin, Columbia, the story is about a boy, Sonny, who lives in a brutal
environment and is regularly subjected to beatings from his uncle. Like his best friend
Alberto, Sonny becomes a hired killer, (young boys are recruited into this job because
they are immune from prosecution). The story has a very chilling ending - which is based
on real events.

CARTER, Dean Vincent                  The Hand of the Devil
Ashley Reeves, a young journalist working for a „weird science‟ magazine receives a
letter inviting him to investigate the discovery of an extremely rare insect in a remote
island in the Lake District. Stranded on the island with the sinister Reginald Mather,
Reeves makes a grisly discovery in the basement of a disused scientific research centre.

HARRIS, Thomas                    Red Dragon; Silence of the Lambs; Hannibal
The series of books portraying the grisly exploits of Dr Hannibal Lector.

HERBERT, James                     The Rats
For millions of years man and rats have been natural enemies. But now, for the first time
– suddenly, shockingly, horribly – the balance of power has shifted and the rats begin to
prey on the human population.
 You could also try The Magic Cottage.

HILL, Susan                         The Woman in Black
Creeping unease begins with mysterious appearance of a young woman dressed in black
at the funeral of the sole inhabitant of Eel Marsh House and builds inexorably to a chilling

KING, Stephen                      Pet Sematary
This is the story of Dr Louis Creed, his wife Rachael and their two children, Ellie and
Gage who move from Chicago to Ludlow, Maine. Here they become friends with an
elderly couple across the street, Jud and Norma Crandall. One night Jud takes Louis up
to the Pet Sematary …..

KOONTZ, Dean                        Whispers
Bruno Frye succumbs nightly to the whispers‟ malicious lullaby. Losing himself in their
cries, he is deafened by whispers more piercing than any scream. In the dark recesses
of his mind no act is too violent, no deed too shocking. He is driven to kill – even if it
means returning from the grave.
 Other titles to try are Midnight and The Mask.

SEDGWICK, Marcus                      My Swordhand is Singing
In a bitter winter in the 17th century, Peter and his father settle in an unfriendly
community. It is when the captivating gypsies arrive, and reveal themselves as vampire
slayers that the truth is finally and shockingly revealed.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis          Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
A nightmare fantasy about the nature of good and evil. This is the tragic story of how one
man‟s experiments to find out about his own nature went horribly wrong.

ADAMS, Douglas                   The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
One Thursday lunchtime the Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new
super hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent this seems more than he can cope with, but
his problems have only just begun.

HORNBY, Nick                        About a Boy
Will is 36 and doesn't really want children but then he comes across 12-year-old Marcus
who starts to look to him for support and guidance.
You could also try Fever Pitch – a hilariously funny book about an obsessional football

LEGGE, Gordon                      The Shoe
This humourous novel follows 3 days in the life of Archie and his friends – football, music,
pubs are all a major focus of attention

MacKENZIE, Compton               Whisky Galore
Wartime food rationing is bad enough, but when the whisky supplies run out on the
Hebridean Islands of Great and Little Todday, nothing seems to go right. Then the cargo
of the shipwrecked S.S. "Cabinet Minister" brings salvation - in its most giddily
intoxicating form.

PRATCHETT, Terry                  Wyrd Sisters
Three witches decide to right the wrongs of a Discworld kingdom.
Other Discworld novels worth a try include Mort and Equal Rites

TOWNSEND, Sue                        The Queen and I
A republican government has just won the General Election, and the Royal Family,
stripped of its regal privileges start a new life on a council estate

WODEHOUSE, P G                      A Few Quick Ones
A collection of short stories by featuring Bertie Wooster and Jeeves and other
Wodehouse characters.

ASIMOV, Isaac                     The Complete Robot
In these stories, Isaac Asimov creates the Three Laws of Robotics and ushers in the
Robot Age: when Earth is ruled by master-machines and when robots are more human
than mankind.

BLACKMAN, Malorie                    Noughts and Crosses
Callum and Sephy have been best friends since childhood but Callum is a nought--a
second-class citizen in a world dominated by the Crosses--and Sephy is a Cross, and the
daughter of one of the most powerful men in the country. The barriers they would have to
cross to be together at first seem little more than minor obstacles to the two idealistic
teenagers, but soon those barriers threaten not only their friendship but their lives.
Malorie Blackman tackles the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate
historical reality. The story continues in Knife Edge and Checkmate.

BRADBURY, Ray                       Fahrenheit 451
Set in a not-too-distant future where reading is forbidden, the story concerns a fireman,
whose job is to burn books, but who finds himself increasingly reluctant to do so.

BURGESS, Melvin                    Bloodtide
The retelling of an old Norse legend, set in future London, where normal society has
broken down. A power struggle between two rival gangs, very violent in parts.

DICK, Philip                       Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep?
When a group of androids - manufactured to do hard physical labour in the colonization of
distant planets - go on a murder spree, hijack a ship and return to Earth, it is up to special
police officer Rick Deckard to search and destroy them.

DU PRAU, Jeanne                   The People of Sparks
This book is set several hundred years in the future in a post-nuclear-disaster
underground city known as Ember. Supplies in Ember are running low and two young
people, Lina and Doon, manage to piece together an ancient parchment that directs their
people out into the world above and they journey to a settlement known as Sparks.

MARSDEN, John                      Tomorrow When the War Began
A group of Australian teenagers spend a week in the bush. They return to find the world
they knew changed forever.
The first in a series of 6 novels.

SIMAK, Clifford                   The Werewolf Principle
In the middle distant future, Andrew Blake, discovered huddled inside a capsule on a
remote star, is brought back to earth suffering from total amnesia. Over 200 years old, he
thinks and acts like a man but becomes frighteningly aware of two alien beings that lurk in
his body.
SINGLETON, John                      Angel Blood
The nurses call this place the Bin. We have to get out. We have to run away before they
hurt us for good. But there's no escaping Dr Dearly and his brutality - is there? Four
extraordinary children face a terrifying ordeal. Their only hope is local hard-case Nail - but
has he got what it takes to save them?

URE, Jean                          Plague
                                   After the Plague
                                   Watchers on the Shrine
How would you cope if you arrived home to find the streets deserted, your neighbourhood
quarantined and your family dead after a plague? The story is continued after a gap of
several generations in the follow up books.

WELLS, HG                         The War of the Worlds
The classic account of earth being invaded by the Martians, a broadcast version of which
created panic in America.

WYNDHAM, John                      Day of the Triffids
The triffids are a monstrous species of stinging plant; they walk, they talk, they dominate
the world. The narrator of this novel wakes up in hospital to find that, by missing the end
of the world, he has survived to witness a fantastic and horrific new world.

GIBBON, Alan                        The Shadow of the Minotaur
This is a novel about a boy, Phoenix, the son of a computer geek who creates a virtual
reality game that gets a bit too real. Phoenix becomes Theseus pursued by the Minotaur,
and Perseus confronting the Gorgon.

HEARN, Liam                        Across the Nightingale Floor
This epic story is set in a mythical, feudal Japanese land, a world both beautiful and
cruel. In his palace at Inuyama, Lord Lida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys
his famous nightingale floor. Its surfaces sings at the tread of every human foot, and no
assassin can cross it. But 16 year old Otori Takeo, his family murdered by Lida‟s
warriors, has the magical skills of the Tribe – preternatural hearing, invisibility, a second
self – that enable him to enter the lair of the Tohan. He has love in his heart and death at
his fingertips.
First in a series

McCAFFERY, Anne                    Black horses for the King
A young boy helps bring a troop of black Libyan stallions to England to the court of King
Arthur to help to drive the Saxons back.

PULLMAN, Philip                    Northern Lights
The first book in „His Dark Materials‟ trilogy. A beautifully written fantasy of parallel
worlds in which the mysterious „dust‟ swirls invisibly through the air and only one child
knows the secrets that some of the adults would kill for.
 The story continues in The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

REEVE, Philip                        Here lies Arthur
In this unusual retelling of the Arthurian legend, Arthur is a brutal warlord whose
campaigns are managed by Myrddin (Merlin), partly through his storytelling skills and
partly through conjuring tricks. The story follows Gwyna, a young girl who Myrddin takes
under his wing after her home is razed to the ground. She is pivotal to his king-making

SEDGWICK, Marcus                      My Swordhand is Singing
In a bitter winter in the 17th century, Peter and his father settle in an unfriendly
community. It is when the captivating gypsies arrive, and reveal themselves as vampire
slayers that the truth is finally and shockingly revealed.

Boyne, John                         The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
Nine year old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. All he knows
is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate
area where there is nothing to do and no-one to play with. Until he meets Shmuel, a boy
who lives a strange parallel existence on the other side of the adjoining wire fence and
who, like the other people there, wears a uniform of striped pyjamas.

BRESLIN, Theresa                 Remembrance
This book is about 5 young people growing up during the First World War and the effects
war and fighting have on them. An unforgettable and tear jerking novel.

CRANE, Stephen                    The Red Badge of Courage
Young Henry Fleming has very idealised views of war and dreams of performing heroic
deeds in battle. But as a new recruit in the American Civil War the reality of war is quickly
brought home to him.

HAAR, Jaap Ter                       The Ice Road
It is 1942 and the German army surrounds Leningrad. No one can get out, no food can
get in and the temperature is below zero. Food is strictly rationed and twelve-year-old
Boris Morenko is terrified that his mother will die. An uplifting and passionate book about
the terrible nine hundred day siege of Leningrad.

MORPURGO, Michael                 Private Peaceful
This book describes the childhood of young Thomas Peaceful in the early years of the
20th Century, and his eventual underage enlistment in the British army to help fight the
First World War.
                         OTHER TIMES / OTHER PLACES

BANKS, Lynne Reid                   One More River
A Canadian girl comes to terms with life on a Kibbutz in Israel. The sequel Broken Bridge
is set twenty years later at the height of the Arab uprising against Israeli occupation of the
West Bank.
BRESLIN, Teresa                     The Medici Seal
This story is set in Romagna, Italy in the year 1502. Fleeing from a murderous brigand,
Matteo is taken into the household of Leonardo da Vinci. From this moment on, Matteo is
at Leonardo's side as he carries out his work, which ranges from the painting of
magnificent frescos, dissection of the human body to military assignments for the cruel
Cesare Borgia, head of one of Italy's leading families.

DONNELLY, Jennifer                  A Gathering Light
When Mattie is given the letters by a guest at the hotel in which she has a summer job
she thinks that the giver is simply upset. But the next day when the woman is found
drowned in Big Moose Lake Mattie has to decide if she will read the letters, or burn them
as the woman requested. But Mattie has problems enough of her own as she is growing
up and trying to decide on her future.

GAVIN, Jamilla                     Coram Boy
Set in Eighteenth Century England, this book tells the story of the evil „Coram Man‟ who
deals in orphaned or abandoned children, selling them to either a slave ship of the Coram
Hospital for money. One of these children is Aaron, the illegitimate son of an heir to a
great estate and Toby taken at birth from an African slave ship.

FINE, Anne                             The Road of Bones
Set in a totalitarian state this is a chilling and dramatic adventure that also challenges the
nature of beliefs, and how these can be taken and twisted to justify acts of real horror and

GERAS, Adele                      Troy
A magnificent re-working of the ancient legend of Troy, this book describes the fall of
Troy through the eyes of two young Trojan sisters.

Greenway, Alice                    White Ghost Girls
This first novel from Greenway is a beautiful evocation of a childhood in Hong Kong
during the Vietnam War. "White Ghost Girls" is the tale of Frankie and Kate, two
American sisters, who tumble into their teenage years against the backdrop of the heat
and colour of Hong Kong, a world of fishermen, temple gods and unexplained dead
GUEVARA, Ernesto                  The Motor Cycle Diaries
In January 1952, two young men from Buenos Aires set out to explore South America on
'La Poderosa', the Powerful One: a 500cc Norton. One of them was the twenty-three-
year-old Che Guevara. Written eight years before the Cuban Revolution, these are Che's
diaries describing how he becomes a stowaway, a fireman and a football coach; he
sometimes falls in love and frequently falls off the motorbike.

HENDRY, Frances                      Chandra
A sensitive and gripping story about a schoolgirl in New Delhi who is married at the age
of 11 and widowed almost immediately. As a widow, her fate is to be isolated from
society for the rest of her life. Should she bow to tradition or try to escape?

KADOHATA, Cynthia                  Weedflower
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Sumiko and her family are interned like other
Japanese-Americans. They are shipped to a camp on an Indian reservation. There
Sumiko meets a young Mohave boy. Weedflower is the story of the rewards and
challenges of a friendship across the racial divide, told with searing insight through the
eyes of a young girl who yearns to belong.

LAIRD, Elizabeth                  Crusade
The lives of two boys from opposing worlds and faiths coincide in this story set during the
Third Crusade: Adam, a dog-boy for a crusading knight, and Salim, a Muslim boy
apprenticed to a Jewish doctor.
You could also try her modern day novel set in Ethiopia The Garbage King
LANDMAN, Tanya                        Apache
Siki is an orphan of the Black Mountain Apache. Her mother was killed by Mexicans three
years ago and her father lost in an ambush the winter before that. When Siki witnesses
the brutal murder of her little brother Tazhi, she vows to become an Apache warrior and
avenge her brother's death.

NAIDOO, Beverly                   The Other Side of Truth
The moving, topical story of a Nigerian brother and sister fleeing oppression and seeking
asylum in the UK.
The story continues in Web of Lies

PEET, Mal                          Keeper
In a newspaper office, Paul Faustino, South America‟s top football writer, sits opposite
the man they call El Gato, the cat, the world‟s greatest goalkeeper. On the table between
them stands the World Cup. In the hours that follow, El Gato tells his incredible life story.

RIVERBEND                           Baghdad Burning
A riveting weblog about life in Baghdad since the US occupation

STRATTON, Allan                     Chanda's Secrets
Tense and deeply moving story about one girl's struggle to rescue the people she loves
in a tragedy that is destroying her world. Set in a fictional Sub-Saharan African country.
                                   SHORT STORIES

BRADBURY, Ray                        The Toynbee Convector
In this selection of tales the world‟s only time-traveller reveals his secret – a hundred
years after the event and a ghost is given new life by a particularly perceptive nurse.
You could also try Quicker than the Eye.

Du MAURIER, Daphne                  Don’t Look now
5 stories of suspense, full of unexpected twists and turns.

ECCLESHARE, Julia (Ed) Masque of the Red Death
A collection of classic short stories by Lawrence, Poe, Mansfield, De Maupassant,
Waugh, Saki, M R James, Pushkin and Chekov.

FORSYTH, Frederick (Ed)           Great Flying Stories
Amongst authors included in this collection are HG Wells, Roald Dahl, Len Deighton and
J G Ballard.

HAMLIN, Mike (Ed)            Short Stories by Women
A selection of stories from the nineteenth century to the present day.

KEMP, Gene (Ed)                 Rebel, Rebel
An anthology of prose and poetry celebrating rebellious girls. The collection includes
work by writers from George Elliot to Steve Smith, as well as representing heroines of
myth and legend from Eve to Pandora.

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