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Appropriate fiction books for year 8 tutor group

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by rthomas2015, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. rthomas2015

    rthomas2015 New commenter

    My school has a lovely policy whereby at the beginning of the lesson after lunch all pupils bring a book in to read for 10 minutes or so. It really helps with settling after running around at lunchtime and also improves literacy. However, they get a 10 minute correction if they forget their book. My idea is to have a book box in my room for those students forgetting their book in my lesson, but also for my tutor group (year 8) as there are a couple of repeat offenders who always get corrections for not having their book. The reading ages in my tutor group ranges from 7 to 16. What authors should I be looking out for? Especially for the lower reading ages as the books need to be accessible for them, but not too young in content. Is David Walliams too young? Diary of a wimpy kid too young? Books I have already are the hunger games, 1984, curious incident of the dog in the night, animal farm.
  2. strawbs

    strawbs Established commenter

    have you spoken to your Eng dept or school library? Our library has a reading age scheme with coloured stickers to denote books suitable for for diff reading ages
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Go down to the school library, who will probably help you collect up a suitable assortment, probably including "speed reads" with a lower reading age. Much to be said for having shorter and easier books so they actually get stuck into the story in the 10 minutes. Does it have to be fiction? Things like horrible histories and horrible geographies, might go down well with some. My daughter's class were recommended Violent Volcanos as background reading for geography.
    You could also invite donations to the box - older pupils having a clearout might put a few your way.
  4. tolkien

    tolkien New commenter

  5. ViolaClef

    ViolaClef Lead commenter

    I love this idea and have really seen its value at a number of schools I have taught in. As other posters have suggested, I would include factual books as well. Not only are they interesting in their own right, but they are easier to engage with just for 10 minutes, especially for someone who has forgotten their book that day and will be back reading their fiction the next.

    Non Fiction
    Usborne publishers do a range of non fiction books.
    The Oxford Children’s History by Roy Burrell, Peter and Mary Speed is excellent with lots of illustrations.
    A Children’s atlas.

    Fiction (easier books listed first)
    There’s a Pharaoh in our Bath by Jeremy Strong
    The World According to Humphrey - Betty G.Birney
    Esio Trot by Ronald Dahl
    The Firework Maker’s Daughter by Philip Pullman
    The Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dan
    Charlotte’s Webb by E.B.White
    Harry Potter series by J.K.Rowling
    Kenuske’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
    When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
    The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byers
    The Ghost of Thomas Kempe - Penelope Lively
    Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
    The Silver Sword by Ian Seraillier
    Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
    The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence

    Hope some of these may be helpful.

    All the best!

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