Any reading suggestions for my Grammar School kid?

Started by Avalon, August 30, 2010, 22:43:46 pm

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My 15 yr old son needs to read 6 English literature books for his Grammar School: not too easy not too difficult, not too thin not too thick, not too dull not too exciting.

Any suggestions?  ::)
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I'd recommend this - if you can get hold of it - it's got plenty of old fashioned Englishness to it, plenty of pictures and it's about skool too! Coo, er, gosh sir, look at your egg, isn't it runny?

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Not enough famine
Not enough suffering
Not enough natural selection


August 30, 2010, 22:59:20 pm #2 Last Edit: August 31, 2010, 13:19:21 pm by Avalon
Hot shot!

"as any fule kno"  ;)

Dat ekspleens the crab tok heer  ;D
"Alles Goed?"
(Geddy Rotterdam '83, '88, '92, '04, '07, '07, '11, Amsterdam '13)


To Kill a Mockingbird
Great Expectations
The History of Mr Polly
Of Mice and Men
Animal Farm


Quote from: NeilP on August 31, 2010, 10:34:40 am
To Kill a Mockingbird
Great Expectations
The History of Mr Polly
Of Mice and Men
Animal Farm

Nice six-pack!
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Dat geluk verdwijnt voor geld

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September 01, 2010, 09:13:28 am #8 Last Edit: September 01, 2010, 09:15:39 am by dwtty
Quote from: rosc2 on August 31, 2010, 17:36:24 pm
Atlas Shrugged

j/k!! :PPP

Hope that's a joke, have you actually read it?? god bless that poor kid!!

How about some Michael Morpurgo stuff? Light enough for a kid but well written and with some meaty issues often taken on. Stuff like War Horse etc.

There is a free booklet available from some libraries and children's centres, see if i have a copy on me, it's about 30 pages long and has recommneded reading for each age group right up until about 16, some really unusual thought provoking recommendations in it.
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I did some school work on 'Of Mice and Men' last year, it was a really good book.  :)
If we're so much the same like I always hear,
Why such different fortunes and fates?
Some of us live in a cloud of fear,
Some live behind iron gates



Anything by Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie

I'm the King of the Castle - Susan Hill


I saw The Lord of the Flies at Asda last week in a bin near the checkout for £1. Bargainacious. I nearly bought one myself but decided that I probably wouldn't read it. I read it in school at age 13 and it freaked me out. 
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The books that stuck with me when I read them in my teens at school were:

Huck Finn (still my favourite book)
My Family and Other Animals
Emil and the Detectives (May be a little young, I was about 12 or 13 I think).
The lenses inside of me that paint the world black. The pools of poison, the scarlet mist, that spill over into rage.


Empire of the Sun - JG Ballard
English Passengers - Matthew Kneale
1984 - George Orwell
The Beach - Alex Garland
A Star Called Henry - Roddy Doyle
Flashman in the Great Game - G Macdonald Fraser
A Tale of Two Cities - Dickens
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