Ten essential books from the last ten years.

Here is a list of ten books for each school year that have been written in the last ten years and are recommended by Mr Johnston. All are available in the library.

Year 7


Malamander – Thomas Taylor

Boy 87 – Ele Fountain

Twitch - MG Leonard

Crater Lake – Jennifer Killick

After Tomorrow – Gillian Cross

Kays Anatomy – Adam Kay

The Boy at the Back of the Class – Onjali Q Rauf

Sky Hawk – Gill Lewis

Mind the Gap – Phil Earle

Floodworld -  Tom Huddlestone


Year 8

Gone – Michael Grant

The Wall – William Sutcliffe

Between Shades of Grey – Ruta Sepetys

When the World Was Ours – Liz Kessler

The Weight of Water – Sarah Crossan

Contagion – Teri Terry

Wed Wabbit – Lissa Evans

Remade – Alex Scarrow

The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness 

Brock – Anthony McGowan

Year 9

Concrete Rose – Angie Thomas

Undone – Cat Clarke

And the Stars Were Burning Brightly – Danielle Jawando

Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell

Throne of Glass – Sarah J Maas

The Surface Breaks – Louise o’Neill

Orangeboy – Patrice Lawrence

After the Fire - Will Hill

The Yearbook – Holly Bourne

The Bunker Diary – Kevin Brooks


Year 10



Harrow lake – Kat Ellis

Why I am no longer talking to white people about race – Renni Eddo-Lodge

Meat Market – Juno Dawson 

Last One to Die – Cynthia Murphy

The Girl with All the Gifts – M R Carey

The Nine – Gwen Strauss

You’ll be the Death of Me – Karen M McManus

Genuine Fraud – E Lockhart

The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys

Furious Thing – Jenny Downham


Year 11

Shuggie Bain – Douglas Stuart

The Bricks That Built the Houses – Kae Tempest

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

The Power – Naomi Alderman

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley

Wintergirls –Laurie Halse Anderson

This is going to Hurt – Adam Kay



Click and Collect

If you need a book and it is not your day to come enter the Library, you can use the new Click and Collect system. This system allows you to search the catalogue and click to reserve a book from anywhere you have an internet connection. I will then find this book on the shelf and you can collect it from your form teacher the following morning. 

When you have logged in, you can also see which books you already have on loan, books you have previously read and also write reviews.

Please watch the video below about how to login and reserve a book. 


To get started click here