Lord of the Flies
When a plane crashes on an uncharted island, a group of schoolboys become stranded. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued.
Here's what our senior students recommend to read.
Victor Frankenstein, gives life to a creature with monstrous human features. However, the experiment does not go as Frankenstein had imagined and, refusing his own creation, the doctor leaves him free and lonely wandering around the world.
Dracula contains the chilling tales of those that encountered the monster Dracula on his quest to emigrate from Transylvania to England, as he seeks to consume blood and spread his undead curse to the innocent. Worshiped by madmen and feared by the sane, this is the story of the Count Dracula.
Alex Rider Series
Following his uncle's death, 14 year old Alex Rider becomes a teenage spy and is sent on many top-secret and highly dangerous missions. The Books in order: Strombreaker, Point Blank, Skeleton Key, Eagle Strike, Scorpia, Ark Angel, Snakehead, Crocodile Tears, Scorpia Rising, Russian Roulette, Never Say Die, Secret Weapon, Nightshade.
The Hunger Games Series
In the near future, the nation of Panem is at peace. But in order to maintain that peace, every year 24 teenagers are thrown into a fight to the death.
The Enemy Series
Across a broken London the young hide in gangs. Scavenging to survive, they can see only one ending. Until from across the city come rumours of a safe house. To get there they must face the Enemy – the mindless killers who once promised to love and protect them always.
The Martian follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in 2035 and must improvise in order to survive.
After his father is killed and he is abandoned in the desert with his pregnant mother, young Duke Paul Atreides must learn the ways of the desert, if he is going to survive.
Divergent is a 4-part book series which takes place in a post-apocalyptic Chicago. It is about a society that defines its citizens by personalities and strengths with five factions and a girl who doesn’t fit into any of them.
A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook's hero.
The Hobbit follows the quest of home-loving Bilbo Baggins, the titular hobbit, to win a share of the treasure guarded by a dragon named Smaug. Bilbo's journey takes him from his light-hearted, rural surroundings into more sinister territory.
The Graveyard Book
The Graveyard Book traces the story of the boy Nobody "Bod" Owens who is adopted and reared by the supernatural occupants of a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
After the Earth is destroyed to allow room for an intergalactic highway, Arthur Dent is one of only 2 humans left, and he travels through space, encountering the 2 headed President of the Galaxy, a depressed AI, poetry-hating warlords and even the meaning of life itself along the way.
Good Omens tells the story of the Birth of Satan's Son, and the beginning of the end of time. An angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, with some tense history have to team up to convince him not to. They have until Tuesday.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole: Aged 13¾
As snobby and melodramatic teenager Adrian Mole enters his teenage years, he documents his woes over love, loss and acne in a top secret diary
And Then There Were None
Ten strangers are invited to a mysterious island. Cut off from the mainland, with their generous hosts Mr and Mrs U.N. Owen mysteriously absent, they are each accused of a terrible crime. When one of the party dies suddenly they realise they may be harbouring a murderer among their number.
The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…
The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called in by Sir Henry Baskerville to investigate the death of his father, who was supposedly killed by a demon hound.
The Lovely Bones
When Susie Salmon is raped and murdered, her family grieves and her father vows to find her killer, all while she watches from Heaven. She watches her family grow older, love and lose, all the while her killer slips through the fingers of the police time and time again.
The Great Gatsby
Set in Jazz Age New York, the novel tells the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, and his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young woman whom he loved in his youth.
The Odyssey follows the Greek hero Odysseus, king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the Trojan War. His journey is scarcely straightforward: he has to undergo the wrath of the sea-god Poseidon, fight monsters, overcome sexual distractions and the loss of his crew. Only to find further trials to deal with when he finally reaches his native land of Ithaca.
A young man joins the crew of a whaling ship, which goes up against a pale, scarred sperm whale which took the captains leg and is seemingly impossible to kill.