YEAR 7 – Top 20 Reads

imagesParvana’s journey – Deborah Ellis

In Parvana’s Journey, the Taliban still control Afghanistan, but Kabul is in ruins. Parvana’s father has just died, and her mother, sister, and brother could be anywhere in the country. Parvana knows she must find them. Despite her youth, Parvana sets out alone, masquerading as a boy.

7234377Parvana – Deborah Ellis

There are many types of battle in Afghanistan. Imagine living in a country where women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face, whenever you go out. 11476010Shauzia – Deborah Ellis This powerful companion to Parvana and Parvana’s Journey, by award winning Canadian author, Deborah Ellis, tells the gripping story of a young girl’s fight to make a life for herself outside the refugee camps on the borders of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

256003Life on the refrigerator door – Alice Kuipers

Claire and her mother are running out of time, but they don’t know it. Not yet. Claire is wrapped up with the difficulties of her bourgeoning adulthood—boys, school, friends, identity; Claire’s mother, a single mom, is rushed off her feet both at work and at home.

once-seriesThe Once series – Morris Gleitzman

Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war, and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business.

cityofbonesMortal Instruments : City of bones – Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. Watch the movie trailer Bildschirmfoto-2012-08-05-um-20_26_12

COA_coverCity of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? Click on the like below to enter Shadow hunters world. city-of-ashes-wallpaper-mortal-instruments-9793236-1280-1024-e1367994883775

1754278The boy in the striped pyjamas – John Boyne

When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move from their home to a new house far far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do.

Watch the movie trailer below

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880717Chinese Cinderella: the secret story of an unwanted daughter – Adeline Yen Mah

This is the story of a Chinese woman who suffered appalling emotional deprivation and rejection by her family as a child growing up in China and Hong Kong in the 40s and 50s, and of its consequences in her adult life. Above which she rose to make a happy marriage and become an extremely successful doctor and business woman in the USA. Chinese Cinderella and the secret dragon society – book 2 85768-ml-93003

small_stepsSmall steps – Louis Sachar

Two years after Camp Green Lake, Armpit is home in Austin. With a record, everyone expects the worst except disabled neighbour Ginny 10. They take small steps on the right path until Camp pal X-Ray has a get-rich-quick idea. Teen pop sensation Kaira DeLeon spins his life out of control.

untitledTomorrow when the war began – John Marsden

When Ellie and her friends return from a camping trip in the Australian bush, they find things hideously wrong — their families are gone. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in their town has been taken prisoner. As the reality of the situation hits them, they must make a decision — run and hide, give themselves up and be with their families, or fight back. Watch the movie trailer

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Read all the books in the series – click on the link below to go to John Marsden website TWTWB

76e5c5bb7241d73790d16c70d8b57e4cae133a72Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson

Jess Aarons’ greatest ambition is to be the fastest runner in his grade. He’s been practicing all summer and can’t wait to see his classmates’ faces when he beats them all. But on the first day of school, a new girl boldly crosses over to the boys’ side and outruns everyone. Watch the movie trailer below bridge-to-terabithia-hero

11870085The Faulty in our stars – John Green

Despite the tumour-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. banner

x28312The diary of Anne Frank: the diary of a young girl – Anne Frank

In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

Percy Jackson and the lightning thief – Rick Riordan

Percy Jacksons world link below percy_jackson_book_1 Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. 6676603 Watch the movie trailer below untitled

515dmjfGYKLThe recruit – Robert Muchamore

CHERUB spies, 17 and under, hack into computers, bug houses, download crucial documents, and Do Not Exist. James, recently orphaned, is their newest recruit, and brilliant in math. After 100 days grueling training, his mission begins. Watch the movie trailer below The-Recruit-cop-movies-2255398-1299-1810 Read the whole Cherub Series 1010675-_1

{E58D560B-1876-42EB-9125-68EA3688AA8D}Img100Girls in love – Jacqueline Wilson

Magda is tall and glamorous, Nadine is willowy and ‘gothic’ and Ellie, well, Ellie thinks she is unattractive and boring and that no boy will ever be interested in her. The three girls have been best friends ‘forever’ even though they don’t seem to have much in common. But one thing they all want is a boyfriend!

261905Girls under pressure – Jacqueline Wilson

Magda is tall and glamorous, Nadine is willowy and ‘gothic’ and Ellie, well, Ellie is just plain normal. The three girls have been best friends ‘forever’ but now Ellie is convinced she’s fat; Nadine wants to be a model; and Magda worries that her appearance is giving guys the wrong idea… They all long to change their looks and they’re all under pressure!

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy - Book2Cross my heart and hope to spy – Ally Carter

⇐Watch the book trailer Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy.        

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