MAT Reading Lists

All pupils are encouraged to read widely at home and fill in their reading record booklets with a parent’s signature. We want to encourage our MAT pupils to choose books that will challenge them. Below are some recommended classics:

MAT Reading List

Year 7

Black Beauty – Anna Sewell
The Wind in the Willows- Kenneth Grahame
Peter Pan – JM Barrie
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
The Railway Children – E Nesbit
Anne of Green Gables – L M Montgomery
The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – CS Lewis
Christmas stocking filler: Smith by Leon Garfield

Year 8
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Little Women- L M Alcott
Heidi – Johanna Spyri
The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
War of the worlds- HG Wells
The Thirty-nine steps- John Buchan
The Call of the Wild- Jack London
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
Cold Comfort Farm-Stella Gibbons
Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Christmas stocking filler: Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

Year 9
Thank You, Jeeves by P G Wodehouse
Three men in a boat by Jerome K Jerome
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
1984 by George Orwell
Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
My family and other animals- G Durrell
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Lorna Doone by RD Blackmore
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
Christmas stocking filler: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John le Carré
I Robot by Isaac Asimov

Year 10-11

Hard Times by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by RL Stevenson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Emma by Jane Austen
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Mirror Mirror (Collection of short stories with a Welsh emphasis)
Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Tess of the D’urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Idylls of the King by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas
The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
The Pendragon Legend by Antal Szerb

6th Form

A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Vanity Fair by William Thackeray
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Daniel Deronda by George Eliot
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
The Rainbow by DH Lawrence
Women in Love by DH Lawrence
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
Selected Poems by Sylvia Plath
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
The Waste Land by TS Eliot
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Regeneration Trilogy by Pat Barker
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Paradise Lost by John Milton
Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
The Merchant’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer
Anthology of Romantic Poetry with Keats, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Blake. Try ‘The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry’.

Click here for Torfaen Library’s Catalogue where you can reserve books to collect in your local library.


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