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Holmleigh Park High School

Reading

At Holmleigh Park, we think reading is a big deal! Apart from being great fun, reading teaches you about a wide range of other people and cultures, and teaches you to appreciate different points of view. It has also been proven that the more you read, the more you're likely to be successful in your education.

Tutor Time Reading

Every day at HP starts with reading. Every tutor group spends the first 25 minutes of the day reading together - the tutor reads a book and the class track it. This helps you develop as an excellent reader and learn new vocabulary. You can click below to find out what books we're readding in each year group. If you think we've missed a great book, please email our Literacy Coordinator, Ms Tomlin at  [email protected]

Year 7
 

Title

Author

Year

Genre

The Wizard of Oz

 L Frank Baum

1900

Fantasy

The Pearl

 John Steinbeck

1947

Adventure

My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell

1956

Non-fiction

The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank

1947

Non-fiction

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

1894

Children's literature

Wonder

 R.J. Palacio

2012

Children's literature

The Silver Sword

Ian Serallier

1956

Children's literature

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

C.S. Lewis

1984

Fantasy

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

1985

Science fiction

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett

1905

Children's literature

Year 8
 

Title

Author

Year

Genre

The Hiding Place

Corrie ten Bloom

1971

Biog/autobiography

Dracula

Bram Stoker

1897

Horror, gothic

Lion

Saroo Brierley

2013

Non-fiction

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Mark Haddon

2003

Mystery

Revolver

Marcus Sedgwick

2009

Mystery, historical fiction

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness

2011

Fantasy

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai

2013

Biog/autobiography

The Giver

Lois Lowry

1993

Sci-fi, dystopian fiction

The Woman in Black

Susan Hill

1983

Horror

One

Sarah Crossan

2016

Young adult fiction

Year 9
 

Title

Author

Year

Genre

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

1954

Allegory, young adult

The City of Beasts

 Isabelle Allende

2002

Young adult

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

1847

Gothic fiction

The A.B.C. Murders

Agatha Christie

1936

Mystery, crime fiction

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee

1960

Historical fiction

Hidden Figures

Margot Lee Shetterly

2017

Non-fiction

Anita and Me

Meera Syal

1996

Biog/autobiography

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chobsky

1999

Young adult fiction

Things a Bright Girl Can Do

Sally Nicholls

2017

Historical fiction

Every Day

David Levithan

2012

Young adult, romance

Things Fall Apart (34)

Chinua Achebe

1958

Historical fiction

Year 10
 

Title

Author

Year

Genre

Moby Dick

Melville, Herman

1851

Adventure

Room

Donogue, Emma

2010

Psychological fiction

Brighton Rock

Greene, Graham

1938

Thriller, suspense, crime

Far from the Madding Crowd

Hardy, Thomas

1874

Novel, romance

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Hosseini, Khaled

2007

Novel

Their Eyes were watching God

Hurston, Zora Neale

1937

Psychological fiction

The Lovely Bones

Sebold, Alice

2002

Psychological fiction

To the Lighthouse

Woolf, Virginia

1927

Novel

The Bunker Diary

Kevin Brooks

2013

Young adult

I am Legend

Richard Matheson

1954

Sci-fi, vampire

Flowers for Algernon

Daniel Keyes

1959

Sci-fi, psychological fiction

I Know why the Caged Bird Sings

Angelou, Maya

1969

Biog/autobiography

 

DEAR Time

The day also ends with DEAR Time - Drop Everything And Read. In this period we expect students to read their own choice of book. It's a lovely, calm finish to the day. 

The Library

Our school library has thousands of fiction and non-fiction books for students to choose from. We encourage students to borrow books as much as possible.

Please note, due to COVID-19, only one year group bubble can use the library each day:

Mondays - Year 7

Tuesdays - Year 8

Wednesdays - Year 9

Thursdays - Year 10

Fridays - Year 11