Top ten fiction books to read over the summer


The top ten fiction books to read over the summer, given the thumbs up by some of our pupils


Bookworms will be keen to get their hands on the top ten fiction books to read this summer, brought to you from the Ark Book Award 2019 Panel. Library assistant Ms Meddle has been busy helping to compile the list, and here are their recomendations:


Some of the recommended books to read over the summer holidays


1 The Explorer by Katherine Rundell – 

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: After a plane crash hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, four friends are utterly alone and in grave danger. Worst of all, it seems like someone has been there before them.




2 The Longest Night of Charlie Noon by Christopher Edge – calling all science and history nerds! This short read packs a punch, playing with time and history to create an eerie twist.

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: Charlie Noon is lost in the woods, and time is playing strange tricks on her and her friends. Will they find their way home before time runs out for good?




3 Brave by Svetlana Chmakova – Also try Crush and Awkward in the Berrybrook Middle School graphic novel series.

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: Jensen is a daydreamer, but his middle school reality is VERY different--maths is hard and getting along with friends is even harder.



Nasra getting stuck into one of the top ten summer reads


4 Dry by Neal Shusterman – For fans of dystopian fiction.

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: The world is running out of water and civilization is on the brink of collapsing. What would you do if one day the taps ran completely dry?



5 Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence –

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: When Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about his friend Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never             have to make.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Years 9 & 10.


Amelia in the library reading the Explorer


6 My Secret Lies With You by Faye Bird – For fans of We Were Liars.

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: Cait is new in town, and a girl has been reported missing. It is up to Cait to uncover the truth. What happened here last summer?

RECOMMENDED FOR: Years 9 & 10.


7 Toffee by Sarah Crossan – The latest verse book from Sarah Crossan (author of One, The Weight of the Water, Moonrise).

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: After Allison is forced to run away from home she strikes up an unlikely friendship with a mysterious elderly woman whose memories have become muddled.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Years 9, 10 & 11.


8 The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo – Winner of the Carnegie Award 2019.SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: Xiomara keeps a secret notebook of poems, and dreams of joining a slam poetry club, if only her strict parents could understand. Somehow, she must find the courage to stand tall.RECOMMENDED FOR: Years 10 & 11 and fans of Angie Thomas.


9 How to Stop Time by Matt Haig –

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. But what is it like to live forever?

RECOMMENED FOR: Years 11, 12 & 13.

Emma enjoying Sarah Crossan's 'Toffee'


10 Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – Following the success of the adapted Good Omens TV series, try this witty story in its original form.

SPEEDY SYNOPSIS: The world is about to end. Can two unlikely friends, one an angel and the other a demon, prevent it from happening?

RECOMMENDED FOR: Years 11, 12 & 13.


All titles are available now to borrow from the library.