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Year 6 Suggested Reading List

Have a look on the English page at the 100 Books to Read in Year 5 and 6

It's also really worth look at the site 'Love Reading 4 Kids'

This is a list of reasonably challenging reads for those in Year 6


Joan Aiken, Midnight is a Place

David Almond, Skellig, Heaven Eyes

Eion Colfer, Artemis Fowl series, The Supernaturalist, Half Moon


Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising sequence

Chris D’Lacey, Icefire, Shrinking Ralph Perfect, The Salt Pirates of


Helen Dunmore, Ingo

Cornelia Funke, Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord

Alan Garner, The Owl Service, Elidor

Alan Gibbons, Warriors of the Raven

Elizabeth Goudge, Little White Horse

Anthony Horowitz, The Power of Five series

Erin Hunter, Warrior Cats series

Brian Jaques, Redwall

Diane Wynne Jones, Eight Days of Luke, The Chrestomanci Series

Elizabeth Kay The Divide, Back to the Divide etc

Stephen Moore, Tooth and Claw

William Nicholson, The Wind on Fire Trilogy, The Noble Warriors


Jenny Nimmo, Charlie Bone series

Ian Ogilvy, Measle and the Mallockee

Christopher Paolini, Eragon, Eldest

Michele Paver, Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater

Terry Pratchet, Johnny and the Bomb, Diggers, The Amazing

Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials Series

Philip Reeve, Mortal Engines

Philip Ridley, Mighty Fizz Chilla

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter

Louis Sachar, Holes, Small Steps

Angie Sage, Septamus Flyte series

Ali Sparkes, Shapeshifter series

Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, The Edge Chronicles series

Jonathan Stroud, Golem’s Eye

Robert Swindells, In the Nick of Time

G. P. Taylor, Shadowmancer

Kate Thompson, The Swithchers Trilogy, The Missing Link

J. R. R.Tolkein, The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings

Dr Who story books



Jon Blake, The Last Free Cat

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions, Framed, Cosmic

Melvin Burgess, An Angel for May

Joe Craig, Jimmy Coates series

Jamila Gavin, The Blood Stone, Surya Trilogy

Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

Charlie Higson, The Young Bond books

Anthony Horowitz, Alex Rider series

Sophie Mckenzie, Girl Missing

Willard Price, Volcano Adventure etc

Chris Ryan, Alpha Force series

Ruth Thomas, The Runaways

Mark Walden, H.I.V.E series

Jeanette Winterson, Tanglewreck



Nina Bawden, Carrie’s War

John Boyne, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

The Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Holm, I am David

Judith Kerr, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Robert Leeson, Tom’s War

Michele Magorian, Goodnight Mr Tom

Linda Newberry, Blitz Boys

Christne Nostlinger, Fly Away Home

Jill Paton Walsh, Dolphin Crossing

Robert Westall Blitzcat, The Machine Gunners



Berlie Doherty, Street Child

Paul Dowswell, Powder Monkey

Catherine Fisher, The Oracle

Terry Jones, The Knight and the Squire, Saga of Erik the Viking

Caroline Lawrence, The Roman Mysteries

Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson series

Matthew Skelton, Endymion Spring

Eleanor Updale, Montmorency series



Maragret Mahy, The Haunting

Peter J Murray, Mokee Joe series

Darrren Shan, Cirque Du Freak, The Vampire’s Assisitant

Justin Sompter, Vampirates series

Robert Swindells, The Thousand Eyes of Night



Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden, The Little Princess,

Little Lord Fauntleroy

Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World

Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers

W. E. Johns, Biggles

C. S. Lewis, Narnia

L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

E. Nesbit, The Railway Children

Mary Norton, The Borrowers

Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons

Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

R. L, Stevenson, Treasure Island

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days


Modern Classics

Richard Adams, Watership Down

Joan Aiken, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Lynne Read Banks, The Indian in the Cupboard

Gillian Cross, The Demon Headmaster series, The Great Elephant


Penelope Farmer, Charlotte Sometimes

Norman Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Jack London, White Fang, Call of the Wild

Jenny Nimmo, The Snow Spider Trilogy

Phillipa Pearce, Tom’s Midnight Garden

Sylivia Voight, The Homecoming

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie

Henry Williamson Tarka, The Otter


Well-loved authors

Roald Dahl, Witches

Geraldine McCaughrean, Stop the Train, The Stones are Hatching, A

Little Lower than Angels, Peter Pan in Scarlet

Michael Morpurgo, books for older readers Out of the Ashes, Private

Peaceful, Alone on the Wide Sea, Adolphus Tips, Why the Whales


Jacqueline Wilson, The Illustrated Mum, Vicky Angel, My Sister Jodie


Thought provoking books

Malorie Blackman, Pig Heart Boy, Tell Me No Lies

Zizou Corder, Lionboy

Peter Dickinsnon, The Kin

Anita Desai, Village by the Sea

Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner series

Adeline Yen Mah, The Chinese Cinderella



Dinah Capparucci, Aliens Don’t Eat Dog Food

Susan Gates, Killer Mushrooms Ate My Gran

Pete Johnson, Trust Me I’m a Trouble maker

Diana Wynne, Jones Charmed Life

Phillip Reeve, Night of the Living Dead, Night of the Living Veg

Alan Temperley, Harry and the Wrinklies


After Jacqueline Wilson

Georgia Byng, Molly Moon books

Cathy Cassidy, Lucky Star, Scarlet

Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons, The Wanderer

Annie Dalton, Angels Unlimited

Narinder Dhami, Bindi Babes

Anne Fine, Madame Doubtfire Goggle Eyes, Up on Cloud Nine, Flour


Belinda Hollyer, Everything I Know About You

Polly Horvath, Everything on a Waffle

Eva Ibbotson, Journey to the River Sea

Gwyneth Rees, The Mum Hunt, The Making of May


Barrington Stoke For Older Readers

Malorie Blackman, Hostage

Tony Bradman, The Dirty Dozen

Theresa Breslin, Starship Rescue

Annie Dalton, Friday Forever

Mary Hoffman, Virtual Friend

Mary Hooper, The Genie

Ann Jungman, Resistance

Michael Lawrence, Young Dracula

Lynne Markham, Cinderalf

Anthony Masters, Tod in Biker City

Alison Prince, Screw Loose

Rosie Rushton, Life Line

Jeremy Strong, Mad Iris

Hazel Townson, Lift Off, The Secret Room