Summer Reading Challenge

The single most useful - and arguably entertaining - thing your child can do to prepare for secondary school life is to read regularly over the summer. This infographic – based on American studies – demonstrates the difference that a small amount of reading can make. 

Reading leads to a better vocabulary. An extended vocabulary has been linked to better exam success and also to better life chances. The benefits of reading extend well beyond the classroom. Reading for pleasure brings with it a range of benefits from increased empathy, improved mental health and reduced stress levels, as well as improved intelligence. 

Here is a list of recommended reads – created by our Year 7 students at NHGS. Please show the list to your child and, through the summer holiday, encourage them to meet the 20 minute a day challenge. It would be helpful if you would talk to your child about what they are reading, and share with them the things that you enjoy reading.  Regular reading may both help to prevent the transition dip and provide some interest and stimulation over the long summer break.


Miss A L Kent

Head of English


Year 7 Recommend

  • A Pocketful of Stars - Aisha Bushby
  • A Strange Kind of Brave - Sarah Moore Fitzgerald
  • Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (whole series) - Eoin Colfer 
  • Cherry Crush (whole series) - Cathy Cassidy 
  • Cookie - Jacqueline Wilson 
  • Demon Dentist (or any book by this author) - David Walliams  
  • Girl Online -  Zoe Sugg 
  • Golden Goal (whole series) - Dan Freedman
  • Has anyone seen Jessica Jenkins? - Liz Kessler
  • Jemima Small versus the Universe - Tamsin Winter
  • Jessica’s Ghost - Andrew Norriss 
  • Percy Jackson and The Last Olympian (whole series) - Rick Riordan 
  • Point Blanc and other Alex Rider novels - Anthony Horowitz  
  • Shine - Candy Gourlay 
  • Skellig - David Almond 
  • Skulduggery Pleasant series - Derek Landy
  • The Bad Beginning – series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket 
  • The Cherub Series -  Robert Muchamore 
  • The Disconnect - Keren David
  • The Unforgotten Coat - Frank Cotttrell Boyce
  • The Dark Is Rising - Susan Cooper
  • The Enemy  - Charlie Higson 
  • The Harry Potter Series  - J. K. Rowling 
  • The Hobbit  - J.R.R.Tolkien 
  • The Ingo Chronicles  - Helen Dunmore
  • The Letter for the King - Tonke Dragt 
  • The One and Only - Sophie Mackenzie 
  • The Power of Five Series - -Anthony Horowitz 
  • The Wheel of Surya - Jamila Gavin
  • Tom Gates - Liz Pichon 
  • Unhooking the Moon - Gregory Hughes 
  • War Horse or anything by this author - Michael Morpurgo 
  • Welcome to Nowhere -  Elizabeth Laird
  • When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit -  Judith Kerr
  • Where the River Runs Gold - Sita Brahmachari 
  • Wonder - R.J. Palacio
  • The Dog Who Saved the World or The 1000 Year Old Boy - Ross Welford
  • The House with Chicken Legs - Sophie Anderson
  • Soldier Dog or A Horse Called Hero or Captain - Sam Angus
  • Two Can Keep a Secret - Karen McManus
  • Malamander - Thomas Taylor
  • The Ghost Boys - Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • How to Rob a Bank- Tom Mitchell