Englisch Booklist

A list of the books we'd recommend as ‘ good reading stuff’

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Grades 5 and 6

  •  Anonymous, “Go Ask Alice” 
    Alice experiments with drugs and loses her virginity while on acid.
  •  Banks, Lynne Reid, “The L- Shaped Room”
    Jane is unmarried and pregnant when she is turned out by her father. She takes a room at the top of a squalid house.
  •  Blume Judy, “Tiger Eyes” 
    It's about a young girl and how she struggles to lead her old life again after her father is shot to death in Atlantic City.
  • Carroll Lewis, “ Alice in Wonderland” 
    It is a fantastic story that draws the reader into a magical world full of mysteries that doesn't obey any rules or laws and that is a home to strange people and creatures.
  • Christie Agatha,
    •  “Death on the Nile”
    • “ Murder on the Orient Express” and others
  •  Coleman Michael, Tag
    This is a story of the people behind the graffiti. The book is about a graffiti gang, the 'Sun Crew' and two boys called Mark (Motto) and Pete, It all starts as a laugh, but things get out of hand when they get into a 'Turf War' with the Sun Crew.
  • Dahl Roald,
    • “Tales of the Unexpected”
    • “Matilda”
  •  Dirie Waris, “Desert Flower”
    Desert Flower“, an autobiography written by Waris Dirie, tells the story of a Somali nomad girl who turns into a famous international model. At the age of twelve, she runs away from home because of her father wants to marry her to a rich old man. According to Somali tradition she got circumcised at the age of four.
  • Donoghue Emma, Room

    A tale inspired by Josef Fritzl's crimes
    Room is told through the eyes of its five-year-old narrator, Jack, imprisoned in a 3.5m-square shed with the mother he calls Ma

  • Doyle Arthur Conan, “ The Hound of the Baskervilles” 
    Doyle produced the memorable character, Sherlock Holmes, a detective who relied on facts and evidence rather than chance.
  •  Fielding Helen, “Bridget Jones’s Diary” 
    Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year's resolution--the quest for the right man.
  • Gallico, Paul, “Flowers for Mrs. Harris” 
    The story of a typical London charwoman who goes to Paris to buy herself a dress from Christian Dior.
  • Greenberg Joanne, "I Never Promised You a Rose Garden"
    I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is a semi-autobiographical account of a teenage girl's three-year battle with schizophrenia written under the pen name of Hannah Green.

    The novel presents the issue of mental illness from multiple viewpoints. Deborah's three years in the hospital provide us with a portrait of mental illness as it is experienced by the patient. Deborah's parents, Esther and Jacob, are torn between their love for their daughter and their shame at the stigma of her illness.

  •  Haddon Mark, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” 
    15-year-old Christopher is autistic. He lives on patterns and rules. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Then one day, a neighbour’s dog, Wellington, is killed and he sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes.
  •  Hinton S.E., “The Outsiders” 
    Ponyboy Curtis belongs to a lower-class group of Oklahoma youths who call themselves greasers because of their greasy long hair. Walking home from a movie, Ponyboy is attacked by a group of Socs, the greasers’ rivals, who are upper-class youths from the West Side of town.
  • Hornby Nick, “About a Boy” 
    Thirty-something, unmarried and very cool Londoner, Will Lightman meets Marcus, an impossibly uncool, twelve year old. Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus helps Will to finally grow up.
  • Jerome K. Jerome: “Three Men in a Boat” 
    A story about a summer holiday, when three young men decide to take a break from life in London, take the dog with them and set off in a hired boat to explore the river Thames.
  • Mc Ewan, Ian: “The Daydreamer” 
    Most grown-ups think Peter Fortune is a difficult child because he is so quiet. Actually, he is involved in one of his great adventures: exchanging bodies with his ancient pet cat, making his parents disappear with a vanishing cream or discovering what it is like to be an adult falling in love. Through his daydreams, Peter learns to see the world from numerous points of view. He is the only boy at school, for example, who can recognize the weaknesses of a bully and feel compassion for him.
  •  Leon Donna: any
  •  Lingard Joan, “Across the Barricades” 
    A moving story of a boy and a girl from different religious backgrounds who fall in love in Northern Ireland
  • Oates, Joyce Carol , "Big Mouth & Ugly Girl "
    Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth but it's never gotten him into trouble—until one day when two detectives escort him out of class for questioning. Matt has been accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School. Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy. But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day . . . and she is the only one who can help him.
  • Oates, Joyce Carol , "Freaky Green Eyes"
    When her parents separate, Franky Pierson has no trouble deciding whose side she's on. After all, her mother is the one who chose to leave. And when her mother is suddenly reported missing, Franky believes she's simply pulled a disappearing act and deserted their family for good. But a part of Franky, a part she calls Freaky Green Eyes, knows that something is wrong. And it's up to Freaky to open Franky's eyes to the truth.
  •  Orwell George, “Animal Farm” 
    Fable of Russian Revolution: animals revolt against farmer Jones
  •  Melville, Herman, “Moby Dick” 
    Captain Ahab is in pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale which has been Ahab's bitter enemy for many years.
  • Rendell Ruth, “Master of the Moor”, crime story 
    Stephen Whalby loves to walk the moor. He considers it his, although he and his young wife Lyn are merely tenants in a flat nearby. But the senseless and frightening murder of a young woman invades Stephen's sense of privacy and pollutes his beloved moor with suspicion and dread. And then a second murder captures his imagination in an unpredictable and fascinating way .
  •  Rhue Morton, “The Wave” 
    This story is based on an actual incident that occured in a school history class in California - a classroom experiment that went too far. Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "the wave" and realize they must stop it before it's too late.
  •  Rowling J. K., “Harry Potter” (especially the early ones), Fantasy
  •  Salinger J.D., “Catcher in the Rye” 
    The story is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden’s story begins on the Saturday following the end of classes at the Pencey prep school in Pennsylvania. Pencey is Holden’s fourth school; he has already failed out of three others. At Pencey, he has failed four out of five of his classes and has received notice that he is being expelled.
  • Steinbeck John,
    •  “Of Mice and Men” 
      George and Lennie are two migrant workers. Lennie is a giant of a man. Lennie has a mild mental disability, and is deeply devoted to George and dependent upon him for protection and guidance. Lennie loves petting soft things and animals but often accidentally kills them. George complains loudly that his life would be easier without having to care for Lennie, but the reader senses that their friendship and devotion is mutual. He and Lennie share a dream of buying their own piece of land, farming it, and, much to Lennie’s delight, keeping rabbits.
    •  “The Pearl” 
      Kino, Juana, and their little son live in a modest brush house by the sea. One morning a scorpion stings their son. Hoping to protect their son, Kino and Juana rush him to the doctor in town. When they arrive at the doctor’s gate, they are turned away because they are poor natives who cannot pay enough.
  •  Sachar Louis, "Holes"
    Stanley Yelnat's family has a history of bad
    luck going back generations, so he is not too surprised when a miscarriage
    of justice sends him to Camp Green Lake Juvenile Detention Centre. At Camp
    Green Lake the boys must dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across,
    in the dried up lake bed. The Warden claims the labour is character
    building, but it is a lie. Stanley must dig up the truth.
  • Stoker Bram, “Dracula”
  • Swindell Robert, "Stone Cold"
    There are two main characters in the novel “Stone Cold”. They are called Link and Shelter. Link’s situation at home has forced him to beg on the streets and become homeless. Shelter, however, is a former soldier, who has begun a killing spree of the homeless in London, where Link is soon to go when he leaves home.
  • Tolkien JRR, “The Hobbit” , Fantasy 
    Bilbo Baggins lives a quiet, peaceful life in his comfortable hole at Bag End. Bilbo lives in a hole because he is a hobbit—one of a race of small, plump people about half the size of humans, with furry toes and a great love of good food and drink.
  • Wells H. G.,
    •  “The Invisible Man” 
      At the beginning of the story, the invisible man appears (or not!) in a small village in England called Iping. He presents himself wearing bandages around all of his features to hide his invisibility.
    • “Time Machine” 
      The Time Traveller had finally finished work on his time machine, and it rocketed him into the future.
    • “The Country of the Blind”, science fiction 
      This tale is a fantasy in which a mountain climber falls into a strange and isolated society of non-seeing persons - cut off from the rest of the world by an earthquake. The man decides quickly that "In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king."


Grades 7 and 8

  •   Atwood Margaret, “The Handmaid's Tale” 
    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Because of dangerously low reproduction rates, Handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving.
  •  Austen Jane,  Pride & Prejudice   
    Elizabeth Bennet is the perfect Austen heroine: intelligent, generous, sensible, incapable of jealousy or any other major sin. That makes her sound like an insufferable goody-goody, but the truth is she's a completely hip character who ,if provoked, is not above skewering her antagonist with a piece of her exceptionally sharp, yetalways polite, 18th-century wit. The real point of the book though, the critical question which will keep you fixated throughout, is: will Elizabeth and Mr Darcy hook up?
  •  Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” 
    Guy Montag is a fireman who burns books in a futuristic American city. In Montag’s world, firemen start fires rather than putting them out. The people in this society do not read books, enjoy nature, spend time by themselves, think independently, or have meaningful conversations. Instead, they drive very fast, watch excessive amounts of television on wall-size sets, and listen to the radio on “Seashell Radio” sets attached to their ears.
  •  Brookner Anita, “Hotel du Lac” 
    Edith Hope is a writer of romance novels, but somehow the men of the real world never seem to measure up to her ideals. Banished by her friends to Switzerland for a mysterious offence, she must decide if she will compromise her principles for the sake of love. Hotel du Lac won Britain's distinguished Booker Prize.
  •  Brown Dan, “The Da Vinci Code”: Mystery thriller 
    A murder in the silent after-hours halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ.
  •  Burgess Anthony, “A Clockwork Orange” 
    The story takes place in a futuristic city governed by a repressive, totalitarian super-State. The protagonist of the story is Alex, a fifteen-year-old boy. Alex leads a small gang of teenage criminals through the streets, robbing and beating men and raping women.
  • Conlon Gerry, “Proved Innocent: In the Name of the Father”
    "Proved Innocent" is the autobiography of Gerry Conlon. Gerry Conlon was one of the "Guildford Four", who were arrested in the Early 1970s to having bombed a pub in England for the IRA. None of them was connected to the IRA in any kind - they were convicted innocent. Only in 1989 they were released after fifteen years in prison.
  •  Drabble Margaret, “The Millstone” 
    The novel is set in London during the 1960s, it is about a casual love affair, an unplanned pregnancy, and one young woman’s decision to become a mother.
  •  Du Maurier Daphne, “Rebecca” 
    In her flashback, the heroine is working for a wealthy American. After knowing the heroine for only a few weeks her employer proposes marriage. She accepts, and he marries her and takes her back to his ancestral estate of Manderley. But a dark cloud hangs over their marriage: Maxim's first wife, Rebecca, drowned in a cove near Manderley the previous year, and her ghost haunts the newlyweds' home.
  •  (dt.) Morgan, Marlo: “Mutant Message Down Under “ 
    The story of an American woman who is invited to live with an Aboriginal tribe, whom she later comes to call "the real people." On the supposition that their tribe would soon become "extinct", they invite her to learn about their culture and spread it to the world. Further information: http://www.mq.edu.au/house_of_aboriginality/marloweb/
  • Ellison Ralph , “ Invisible Man” 
    The narrator begins telling his story with the claim that he is an “invisible man.” His invisibility, he says, is not a physical condition—he is not literally invisible—but is rather the result of the refusal of others to see him. He says that because of his invisibility, he has been hiding from the world, living underground and stealing electricity from the Monopolated Light & Power Company.
  •  Eugenides Jeffrey, “Middlesex”
  • Evans Nicholas, “The Horse Whisperer” 
    In New York a girl riding her horse is hit by a truck. Though horribly injured, both thirteen-year-old Grace and her horse Pilgrim survive.
  •  Fitzgerald F. Scott, “The Great Gatsby” 
    Set in America in the 20s. Jay Gatsby lives in a luxurious house. Nobody knows what his past is or how he became rich. Nick Carraway takes a small house near Gatsby’s and slowly gets to know his neighbour.
  •  Golding William, “Lord of the Flies”
  •  (dt.) Gordon Noah „ The Physician“ 
    The tale of an eleventh century English boy who becomes a travelling barber-surgeon/seller of tonics/entertainer, then disguises himself as a Jew so he can study medicine in Persia.
  •  Green Hannah, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden” 
    Story of a 16 year old girl suffering from schizophrenia.
  • Greene Graham,
    •  “Our Man in Havana” 
      Spy thriller about the activities of the British Secret Service in Cuba. A vacuum cleaner sales man becomes an agent of the British Secret Service. Comical situations
    •  “The Third Man” 
      American author Holly Martins arrives in Vienna to meet old friend Harry Lime. On arrival he finds Harry was just killed in an accident and attends his funeral. The police are happy that his death was an accident and are also closing crimes by attributing them to him. Martins begins to investigate the accident and finds out things that lead him to a shocking discovery.
    •  “The Heart of the Matter” 
      The novel tells the story of Major Henry Scobie, a police officer serving duty in a miserable West African state during WWII. He is an honest man and immune to bribery. But then he falls in love, and in doing so is forced to betray everything he believes in, with tragic consequences.
  •  Griffin , John Howard, “Black Like Me” 
    Griffin decides to take a radical step: he decides to undergo medical treatment to change the color of his skin and temporarily become a black man.
  • Hemingway Ernest
    •  “ The Old Man and the Sea” 
      It is the story of an epic struggle between an old, seasoned fisherman and the greatest catch of his life.
    •  “The Snows of Killimanjaro” 
      Struggle between an old fisherman and the greatest catch of his life.
  •  Highsmith Patricia: any
  •  Hosseini Khaled, “The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner follows the story of Amir, the privileged son of a wealthy businessman in Kabul, and Hassan, the son of Amir's father's servant. As children in the relatively stable Afghanistan of the early 1970s, the boys are inseparable. They spend idyllic days running kites and telling stories until an unspeakable event changes the nature of their relationship forever. Even after Amir and his father flee to America, Amir remains haunted by his cowardly actions and disloyalty. In part, it is these demons and the sometimes impossible quest for forgiveness that bring him back to his war-torn native land after it comes under Taliban rule.
  •  Huxley, “Brave New World” 
    Satire of the idea of progress, thousands of nearly identical human embryos are created. During the gestation period the embryos travel in bottles along a conveyor belt through a factorylike building, and are conditioned to belong to one of five castes: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, or Epsilon. The Alpha embryos are destined to become the leaders and thinkers of the World State.
  •  Mahmoody Betty, “Not without my Daughter “ 
    Betty Mahmoody is a devoted wife and mother. Her husband, Moody, born and raised in Iran, decides that he would like to take his wife, Betty, and daughter, Mahtob, to visit relatives in his homeland. Betty is reluctant at first, but is assured by her husband that it will only be for two weeks. Once in Iran, Moody informs Betty that they will not be returning to the United States.
  • Irving John
    • “ The Fourth Hand” 
      The protaganist--Patrick Wallingford--is a TV news reporter who loses his left hand in a freak accident involving lions. He then receives a new hand from a deceased man, and gets romantically involved with his widow.
    • “A Prayer for Owen Meany” 
      Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. He is. Despite his strange appearance and voice, Owen is a boy with a strong personality, intellectual gifts, and an air of authority that enables him to take charge of a situation. Owen also possesses a strong religious faith and an uncanny knowledge of future events in his life—including the exact time and circumstances of his own tragic but heroic death.
  •  Lee Harper, “To Kill a Mocking Bird “ 
    The book investigates many types of prejudice. One is the hatred and fear towards the blacks and the violence between them that could break out at any time, for example the lynch mob. The lynch mob were a group of men that threatened to take the law in their own hands and got together to kill Tom Robinson before his trial. It shows the underground violence that surfaces before the rape case starts.
  • Lessing Doris
    • “The Fifth Child” 
      Harriet and David realize their dream of a home, four children and a happy family life. But when Harriet becomes pregnant for the fifth time, she instinctively knows that this baby is different.
    •  “The Grass is Singing” 
      Set in Rhodesia. A poor white woman is murdered by her black house boy.
  •  Maugham, “The Moon and Sixpence” 
    Based on the life of the painter Paul Gaugin. He is possessed by the desire to paint, abandons his job, leaves his family, …
  •  McCourt Frank, “Angela’s Ashes
    Frank McCourt’s memoirs of his impoverished childhood provide a moving portrait of love and survival.
  • McEwan Ian
    •   “Atonement” 
      Three children lost their innocence--as the sweltering summer heat bears down on the hottest day in 1935--and their lives are changed forever.
    • “The Cement Garden” 
      This novel is about a family of children whose father died, and then their mother dies, leaving them orphans.
  •  Mac Laverty: “ Cal” 
    Set in Northern Ireland. Cal sympathizes with the IRA and together with his friends Crilly and Skeffington, who are members of the IRA, too, plans criminal acts.
  • Martell Yann, “Life of Pi” 
    "Life of Pi" is a survival story about an Indian boy, Pi, who has to share a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck.
  • Morrison, Martha: “White Rabbit” 
    A doctor’s own story of addiction, survival and recovery
  • Murdoch Iris, “The Black Prince“ 
    An intellectual thriller. The Black Prince tells the story of Bradley Pearson, a fifty-eight year old man who has previously published three books. In order to write a great novel, he quits his lifelong job as a tax inspector, but soon finds himself struck with writer's block.
  •  Orwell George, “1984” 
    Many of the predictions made by George Orwell in his book 1984 in relation to "Big Brother" surveillance, corruption of language and control of history have already come about to a great extent in our world.
  •  Paton Alan, “Cry, the Beloved Country” 
    In the city of Johannesburg a father seeks his delinquent son.
  • Rankin Ian, any John Rebus book 
    Edinburgh is home to author Ian Rankin and to his best known creation, Inspector John Rebus. Rebus is the focus of a series of 15 detective novels.
  • Read Sue, “Only for a Fortnight” 
    True story of Susan Read. She writes about her life in a locked ward of a mental home.
  •  Salinger J.D., “The Catcher in the Rye” 
    The story is narrated by a young man named Holden Caulfield. Holden’s story begins on the Saturday following the end of classes at the Pencey prep school in Pennsylvania. Pencey is Holden’s fourth school; he has already failed out of three others. At Pencey, he has failed four out of five of his classes and has received notice that he is being expelled.
  •  Sebold Alice, “The Lovely Bones” 
    The narrator Susie Salmon is already in heaven. Murdered by a neighbour when she was only 14 years old, Susie tells us what it is like to be in her new place.
  •  Spark Muriel, “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie” 
    This is the story of Miss Jean Brodie, an eccentric Edinburgh schoolteacher, and her special relationship with several of her students.   
  • Tolkien J.R.R., “The Lord of the Rings”: Fantasy
  • Waugh Evelyn, “The Loved One” 
    Makes fun of funeral practices in Southern California
  •  Waris Dirie, “Desert Flower” 
    Waris ran away from her desert nomad family at the age of 12 when her father arranged her marriage to a sixty-year-old stranger in exchange for five camels. She escaped through the harsh Somalian desert and travelled to
    London where she was discovered by a fashion photographer. But she bore with her the harsh memory and real pain of an ancient custom: circumcision.
  •  Wilde Oscar, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” 
    A handsome young man would like to stay young while his portrait grows old.

Short Stories:

  • Mansfield, Katherine: The Garden Party
  • Maugham, Somerset
  • Carver, Raymond
  •  Joyce, James: Dubliners 
    Dubliners contains fifteen portraits of life in the Irish capital.



  • Shaw, Berhard
    •  Pygmalion 
      The musical “My Fair Lady” is based upon it. A satire on snobbery. Professor Higgins is a scientist of phonetics. He bets that he will be able to transform the cockney speaking Covent Garden flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into a woman as well-spoken as a duchess.
    • Saint Joan
  • Priestly, John B.: An Inspector Calls
  •  (dt.) Osborne, John: Look Back in Anger
  •  Williams, Tennessee: The Glass Menagerie
    Amanda is disappointed that her daughter Laura, who wears a brace on her leg and is painfully shy, does not attract any gentleman callers. She enrolls Laura in a business college, hoping that she will make her own and the family’s fortune through a business career.
  • Wilde, Oscar: Lady Windermere's Fan
  • The Importance of Being Earnest