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Emmanuel Middle School

Reading Recommendations

At Emmanuel Middle School pupils enjoy reading and know how important it is for their future development and progress. We are passionate about supporting the children with their reading choices and this is embedded in our school curriculum. 
With such a large range of books in school, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right book for you. We have created this list of some of the top titles we recommend for children from Year 6 to Year 8. They have been chosen because of their popularity, diversity, range of genres and cultural heritage. 
We have also included useful resources to support you and your child with their reading further. We hope you find this useful. Enjoy your reading!
Year 5 & 6  recommended reads
The Dancing Bear, Michael Murpurgo
Fantastic Mr Fox, Roald Dahl
The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
Skellig, David Almond
High Rise Mystery, Sharna Jackson
Cool, Michael Murpurgo
The Magic Finger, Roald Dahl
The 13-Story Treehouse, Andy Griffiths
The Secret of the Unicorn, Herge
The Fastest Boy in the World, Elizabeth Laird
Then, Morris Gleitzman
Year 7 & 8 recommended reads
The 1,000 Year Old Boy, Ross Welford
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
Boy at the back of the class, Onjali Rauf
The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again - J.R.R. Tolkien
House with the Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson
Murder Most Unladylike, Robin Stevens
The Boy in the Tower - Polly Ho-Yen
Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz
Smart, Kim Slater
The Ruby in the Smoke, Philip Pullman 

Useful resources for finding other books

Search our school's online library, 
Open the guest page via this link-!dashboard

Fabulous book search feature from the UK's largest reading charity; its aim is to help
develop a love of reading-  

A fantastic recommendation site for children’s books, including by age & genre-

Find a book that links into our Accelerated Reader scheme