100 fiction books all children should read before leaving secondary school - according to teachers

From The Time Machine to 1984, take a journey through the top 100 books teachers have recommended for students at key stages 3 and 4...
31st July 2015, 12:00am


100 fiction books all children should read before leaving secondary school - according to teachers


This is TES’ top 100 books to read before you leave secondary school, as voted by teachers. How many have you read?

1. 1984 by George Orwell

2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

3. Animal Farm by George Orwell

4. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

6. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

7. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

8. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

12. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

13. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

14. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

15. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

16. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

17. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

18. A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines

19. The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

20. Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

21. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

22. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

23. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

24. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

25. A Passage to India by EM Forster

26. Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

27. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

28. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

29. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

30. Holes by Louis Sachar

31. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

32. The Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman

33. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

34. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

35. Atonement by Ian McEwan

36. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

37. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

38. Dracula by Bram Stoker

39. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

=40. A Room With a View by EM Forster

=40. Beloved by Toni Morrison

42. Wonder by RJ Palacio

43. Emma by Jane Austen

44. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

=45. Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngoxi Adichie

=45. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

47. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

48. The Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle

49. Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee

50. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

51. Anita and Me by Meera Syal

52. The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

53. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

54. Skellig by David Almond

55. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

56. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

57. The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

58. A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

59. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

60. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

61. Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

62. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

63. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

64. Dubliners by James Joyce

65. Face by Benjamin Zephaniah

66. When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr

67. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

68. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

=69. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

=69. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

=71. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick

=71. I am David by Anne Holm

=73. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

=73. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

=73. V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

76. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

77. A Song of Ice and Fire series by George RR Martin

78. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

=79. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

=79. Empire of the Sun by JG Ballard

=79. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

82. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

=83. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

=83. Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse

=83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

=86. A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly

=86. Heroes by Robert Cormier

88. Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah

=89. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

=89. Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

91. Forever by Judy Blume

=92. Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin

=92. Stone Cold by Robert Swindells

94. A Time to Dance by Bernard MacLaverty

=95. Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood

=95. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

=97. The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

=97. The Tracy Beaker series by Jacqueline Wilson

=99. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

=99. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

=99. The Time Machine by HG Wells

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