Drop Everything And Read


At St Aidan’s Catholic Academy, we believe that to read is to fly. We understand the importance of developing students’ literacy skills to improve their life chances.  With a clear focus on developing students’ literacy, we help students to grow to participate fully and happily in adult life. Therefore, the importance of reading is promoted each and every single day. Students carry a DEAR book with them at all times and they have dedicated DEAR sessions throughout the academy week where they read in silence. In addition to designated DEAR sessions, Year 7, 8 and 9 have one Accelerated Reader period per fortnight in their English Language curriculum time.

20 minute DEAR slots are timetabled in three times a week in Form Time. Tutors support students in developing their reading skills and in fostering their students’ love of reading. Students are expected to take responsibility for developing their reading skills by selecting reading material which interests them and that is appropriately challenging for them. They are guided towards appropriate texts based on regular reading test scores. Over the course of each cycle tutors monitor students’ book selection to ensure they are reading a variety of different genres and authors. Students record their reading habits in the Reading Log section of their 100% book.

To ensure ease of selection in book choice, all books in the Reading Room have been labelled with a colour label according to reading age. This means that students are always reading at the appropriate level. The books in the Reading Room allow students to experience some of the most complex and beautiful texts ever written: Orwell’s ‘1984’, Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ and Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. A more extensive list of our range of books can be found below.

 Y7 & 8 Suggested Reading

Reading Age 6-7

  1. The Dark Never Hides by Peter Lancett
  2. Wolf Boy by Andrew Fusek Peters
  3. Whose Side Are You On? By Tom Watt
  4. Poison Pages by Michael Dahl
  5. Arthur’s Sword by Sophie McKenzie

Reading Age 8

  1. Another Me by Cathy MacPhail
  2. Goosebumps Series by R.L. Stine
  3. Counting On Leroy by Steve Mills
  4. The Great Ice Cream Heist by Elen Caldecott
  5. Cloud Busting by Malorie Blackman
  6. Batman: The Puppet Master’s Revenge by Rick Burchett
  7. If A Tree Falls At Lunch Break by Gennifer Choldenko
  8. At The World’s End by Catherine Fisher

Reading age 9-10

  1. Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
  2. Run Zan Run by Cathy MacPhail
  3. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  4. Zom-B series by Darren Shan
  5. Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie
  6. Sputnik’s Guide To Life On Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
  7. Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy
  8. Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler
  9. First Mission by Chris Bradford
  10. Guilt Trip by Anne Cassidy

Reading Age 11-12

  1. Salt To The Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  2. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
  3. One by Sarah Crossan
  4. Theodore Boone series by John Grisham
  5. The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan
  6. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgseon Burnett
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  8. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
  9. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
  10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  11. No Way To Go by Bernard Ashley
  12. Seekers series by Erin Hunter

Reading age 13-14

  1. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Of Mice And Men by John Steinbeck
  4. The Lord Of The Flies by William Golding
  5. The Hound Of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  6. Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve
  7. The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  8. Buffalo Soldier by Tanya Landman
  9. The Cherub series by Robert Muchamore
  10. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  11. Little Women by Lousie May Alcott
  12. The Enemy by Charlie Higson

Reading Age 15+

  1. Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne
  2. Gullivers Travels by Jonathan Swift
  3. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss
  4. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  6. The Three Musketeers by Aleaxndre Dumas
  7. The Prince And The Pauper by Mark Twain
  8. The Phantom Of The Opera by Gaston Leroux
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. Around The World In Eighty Days by Julers Verne

Y9, 10 & 11 Suggested Reading

Reading Age 8

  1. Bullet Catcher by Chris Bradford
  2. Contact by Malorie Blackman
  3. Kiss of Death by Bali Rai
  4. Brace Mouth False Teeth by Sita Brahmachari
  5. Mind The Gap by Phil Earle
  6. Heroic by Phil Earle
  7. Hostage by Malorie Blackman
  8. Five Hundred Miles by Kevin Brooks

Reading Age 9-10

  1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  2. The Devil’s Angel by Kevin Brooks
  3. Game On by Bali Rai
  4. Moose Baby by Meg Rosoff
  5. Roxy’s Baby by Catherine MacPhail
  6. Burn My Heart by Beverley Naidoo
  7. Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence
  8. Terror Kid by Benjamin Zephaniah
  9. Johnny Delgado by Kevin Brooks
  10. Partners in Crime by Nigel Hinton

Reading Age 11-12

  1. A Kestrel For A Knave by Barry Hines
  2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  3. Moriaty by Anthony Horowitz
  4. Live And Let Die by Ian Fleming
  5. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
  6. Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
  7. The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
  8. Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
  9. Keeper by Mal Peet
  10. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  11. Teacher’s Dead by Benjamin Zephaniah

Y9, 10 & 11 Suggested Reading

Reading Age 13-14

  1. The Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  2. Juvie by Steve Watkins
  3. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
  4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  5. Lucas by Kevin Brooks
  6. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  7. Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  8. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleed Hosseini
  10. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  11. Noughts and Crosses trilogy by Malorie Blackman
  12. 1984 by George Orwell
  13. Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
  14. Gangasta Rap by Benjamin Zephaniah

Reading Age 15+

  1. Catch 22 by Jospeh Heller
  2. The Shining by Stephen King
  3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  4. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  7. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  8. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  9. The Name Of The Rose by Umberto Eco
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  11. The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells
  12. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
  13. Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick
  14. Boot Camp by Robert Muchamore











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