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KS3 11 - 14 Reluctant Readers

The list below was created from a survey run on Lovereading4schools where Teachers and Parents/Carers were to recommend books that they have found helpful in encouraging reluctant readers.

As with all Lovereading4schools book lists please treat this as a template and adapt it if you wish.


Across The Nightingale Floor
Lian Hearn

In his palace, Lord Iida Sadamu, warlord of the Tohan clan, surveys his famous nightingale floor. Its surface sings at...

Animal Farm
George Orwell

Having got rid of their human master, the animals of Manor Farm look forward to a life of freedom and...

Boy Soldier
Andy Mcnab, Robert Rigby

Danny Watts's grandfather, Fergus, was a traitor - an SAS explosives expert who betrayed his country and his regiment for...

Morris Gleitzman

The story of a kid who has to lead a far more adult life than he really wants to. After...


Cirque Du Freak, Complete & Unabridged
Darren Shan

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Mark Haddon

A murder mystery like no other, this novel features Christopher Boone, a 15 year-old who suffers from Asperger's syndrome. When...

Fat Boy Swim
Catherine Forde

It’s a deal with the devil. Jimmy "Fat Boy Fat" Kelly, a 14-year-old boy mercilessly teased at school and...

Gary Paulsen

There was a wild crashing sound, a ripping of metal, and the plane blew through the trees, out over the...

Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad luck going back generations, so he is not surprised when a miscarriage...

Little Soldier
Bernard Ashley

Kaninda is an ex-child soldier from East Africa, orphaned and living in London. When a child from a nearby estate...

Martyn Pig
Kevin Brooks

Did I hate him? Of course I hated him. But I never meant to kill him. With his father dead,...

Mortal Engines
Philip Reeve

In a world where moving cities trawl the globe, Tom and Hester have been thrown out of theirs and left...

Noughts and Crosses
Malorie Blackman

Sephy is a Cross - a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought - a 'colourless' member...

Pig Heart Boy
Malorie Blackman

Cameron is thirteen and in need of a heart transplant when a pioneering doctor approaches his family with a startling...

Private Peaceful
Michael Morpurgo
"Tommo" Peaceful is recalling his childhood from those terrible battlefields. He remembers his big brother Charlie taking him to his...

Refugee Boy
Benjamin Zephaniah

Alem, the product of an Ethiopian father and Eritrean mother, is left alone in London, his fate resting in the...

Shadow of the Minotaur
Alan Gibbons

Phoenix hates his new home and the new school where he is bullied. His computer geek dad embarrasses him....

Charlie Higson

James Bond is back, aged 13 years. The original superspy. A global phenomenon.  A hero every boy wants to...

Skulduggery Pleasant
Derek Landy

Get ready for the biggest NEW publishing phenomenon of 2007! ‘So you won't keep anything from me again?’ He put...

Anthony Horowitz

When his guardian dies in suspicious circumstances, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider finds his world turned upside down. Forcibly recruited into MI6,...

A Swift Pure Cry
Siobhan Dowd

After Shell's mother dies, her religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger...

There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
Louis Sachar

A boy who fights with his school mates, and makes it difficult for anyone to like him, learns how to...

Adele Geras

Marpessa is gifted with God-sight, Xanthe has the healing touch. But then, Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, decides to play with...