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Year 6 Reading List – for SATs and 11 Plus Prep…and beyond!

At Geek School Tutoring, we are often asked to recommend books that are popular with children and have a good literary content. In year 6, children have often read all the classics in preparedness for the 11 Plus or SATs tests. So, this reading list is mainly to ensure they keep up their reading, and to also give them exposure to more genres, in readiness for secondary school.

The list is order of the authors, not in pririty order, so please choose.

Watership Down Richard Adams
The James III Sequence Joan Aiken
* Skellig
* Kit’s Wilderness
David Almond
Playing on the Edge Neil Arksey
Kelp Linda Aronson
* Little Soldier
* Rapid
Bernard Ashley
What’s Your Problem? Sherry Ashworth
Amistad Junior Novelization Joyce Annette Barnes
Squashed Joan Bauer
* Carrie’s War
* The Outside Child
* The Real Plato Jones
Nina Bawden
Song of Be Leslie Beake
Hacker Malorie Blackman
The Memory Prisoner Thomas Bloor
Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret Judy Blume
Music on the Bamboo Radio Martin Booth
* River Boy
* Midget
Tim Bowler
The Chalet School Series Elinor M Brent-Dyer
* Billy Elliot
* Junk
* The Baby and Fly Pie
Melvin Burgess
* The Pinballs
* Cracker Jackson
* The Summer of the Swans
Betsy Byars
The Big Bazoohley Peter Carey
Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
The Puffin Father Brown Stories G K Chesterton
And then there were none Agatha Christie
The Guardians John Christopher
Worm Songs Ann Coburn
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
* The Dark is Rising Sequence
* The Boggart
Susan Cooper
Bully Yvonne Coppard
* The Wanderer
* Walk Two Moons
* Chasing Redbird
Sharon Creech
Moondial Helen Cresswell
Wolf Gillian Cross
Beowulf Kevin Crossley-Holland
Angels Unlimited Annie Dalton
Tangled Webs Nicola Davies
Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
The Village By The Sea Anita Desai
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
* Granny was a Buffer Girl
* A Parcel of Patterns
* Children of Winter
Berlie Doherty
My Favourite Animal Stories Gerald Durell
The Breadwinner Deborah Ellis
* Up on Cloud Nine
* The Tulip Touch
Anne Fine
* The Empty Hand
* The Snow-Walker Sequence
Catherine Fisher
* A Rag, a Bone and a Hank of Hair
* Grinny
* Trillions
Nicholas Fisk
The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
Hitler’s Daughter Jackie French
* Jennie
* The Snow Goose
Paul Gallico
* Black Jack
* The December Rose
Leon Garfield
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen Alan Garner
August ‘44 Carlo Gebler
* Julie and the Wolves
* My Side of the Mountain
Jean Craighead George
A Candle in the Dark Adèle Geras
The Friends Rosa Guy
The Wool-Pack Cynthia Harnett
Way Home Libby Hathorn
The Endless Steppe Esther Hautzig
The Day They Came To Arrest the Book Nat Hentoff
Antonio S and the Mystery of Theodore Guzman Odo Hirsch
I am David Anne Holm
Everything on a Waffle Polly Horvath
* Badge on the Barge
* Martin Farrell
Janni Howker
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn Norman Hunter
The Redwall Series Brian Jacques
* The Deptford Mice Trilogy
* The Whitby Witches
Robin Jarvis
Eye to Eye Catherine Jinks
Dreaming in Black & White, translated by Anthea Bell Reinhardt Jung
Emil and the Detectives Erich Kastner
The Divide Elizabeth Kay
The Turbulent Term of Tyke Tiler Gene Kemp
The Crowstarver Dick King-Smith
A Wrinkle in Time Madeline L’Engle
* Secret Friends
* Kiss the Dust
Elizabeth Laird
Tales FromSkakespeare Charles & Mary Lamb
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis
The Guilty Party Joan Lingard
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe Penelope Lively
* Back Home
*Goodnight Mr Tom
Michelle Magorian
* The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
* The Haunting
Margaret Mahy
Stratford Boys Jan Mark
The Box of Delights John Masefield
Cuddy William Mayne
Gold Dust Geraldine McCaughrean
Allys World: The Past, the Present and the Loud Loud Girl Karen McCombie
The Daydreamer Ian McEwan
Anne of Green Gables L M Montgomery
* Out of the Ashes
From Hereabout Hill
Michael Morpurgo
The Other Side of Truth Beverley Naidoo
The Goalkeeper’s Revenge Bill Naughton
Blitz Boys Linda Newbery
* Griffin’s Castle
* The Snow Spider
Jenny Nimmo
The Borrowers Mary Norton
The Highwayman Alfred Noyles
Z for Zachariah Robert C O’Brien
So Far From Skye Judith O’Neill
The Hounds of the Morrigan Pat O’Shea
The Silverwing Saga Kenneth Oppel
Playing Beatie Bow Ruth Park
* Bridge to Terabithia
*Jacob Have I Loved
Katherine Paterson
* The Dolphin Crossing
* Fireweed
Jill Paton-Walsh
Hatchet Gary Paulsen
* Fall-Out
* The Final Journey
Gudrun Pausewang
* Minnow on the Say
* The Way To Sattin Shore
* Tom’s Midnight Garden
Philippa Pearce
The Ghost Drum Susan Price
Cannibal Adventure Willard Price
Northern Lights Philip Pullman
Paddlefeet Christine Purkis
Swallows and Amazons Arthur Ransome
The Wave Morton Rhue
* Friedrich
* I Was There
Hans-Peter Richter
* Zinderzunder
* Krindlekrax
* Scribbleboy
Philip Ridley
The Prisoner James Riordan
The Great Pyramid Robbery Katherine Roberts
* Floodland
* The Dark House
Marcus Sedgwick
Silver Sword lain Serrailier
Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
The Ratastrophe Catastrophe David Lee Stone
* Sword Song
* The Mark of the Horse Lord
* Beowulf: Dragon Slayer
* The Eagle of the Ninth
* The Silver Branch
* The Witch’s Brat
Rosemary Sutcliff
* Hurricane Summer
* Abomination
* Brother in the Land
* Daz 4 Zoe
* Room 13
* Smash
* Stone Cold
* Unbeliever
Robert Swindells
* Let The Circle Be Unbroken
* Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
* The Road To Memphis
Mildred D Taylor
The Lady of Shallot Alfred Lord Tennyson
* Hideaway
* The Runaways
Ruth Thomas
The Paradise Garden Colin Thompson
Lark Rise To Candleford Flora Thompson
Switchers Kate Thompson
The Hobbit J R R Tolkien
* Child of the May
* The Cellar Lad
* The Herring Girls
Theresa Tomlinson
Cue for Treason Geoffrey Trease
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne
The Menyms Sylvia Waugh
* Dragonlance Chronicles
* Dragonlance Tales
Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
* Blitz Cat
* The Machine Gunners
* The Scarecrows
Robert Westall
Tarka the Otter Henry Williamson
* Black Maria
* The Time of the Ghost
Diana Wynne Jones
Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah