The Ripley Academy

Year 7 Reading List

When Life Gives You Mangoes, Kereen Getten.

Genre/Themes: Fiction, friendships.
Gaynah stops acting like a best friend, while Rudy and Clara roam across the island and uncover an old family secret. As the summer reaches its peak and the island storms begin, Clara's memory starts to return and she must finally face the truth of what happened last year.

A Glasshouse of Stars, Shirley Marr

Genre/Themes: Fiction, Childhood experiences.
Based on the author's own childhood experiences, A Glasshouse of Stars is a sparkling hymn to youthful imagination and resilience in the face of major life changes and unexpected tragedy. Meixing Lim and her family have arrived in the New Land to begin a New Life on the other side of the world.

The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman

Genre/Themes: Fantasy, Fiction.
The Graveyard Book traces the story of the boy Nobody "Bod" Owens who is adopted and reared by the supernatural occupants of a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered.

Artemis Fowl Collection, Eoin Colfer

Genre/Themes: Fantasy fiction.
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius and descendant of a long line of criminal masterminds. He soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father's disappearance.

 Holes, Louis Sacher

Genre/Themes: Adventure fiction, friendships.
Stanley Yelnats, a boy who has bad luck due to a curse placed on his great- great-grandfather, is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile detention camp, for a crime he did not commit. Stanley and the other boys at the camp are forced to dig large holes in the dirt every day in search for something very important to the warden.

You Are a Champion, Marcus Rashford

Genre/Themes: Non-Fiction, Football.
It’s hard to know what is possible until you start. You have to be able to dream big and be prepared to work towards your dreams. I’ve achieved a lot so far, but it didn’t come in one go; big things rarely happen overnight, and good things rarely happen as if by magic…

Noughts and Crosses Malorie Blackman

Genre/Themes: Drama, alternate history.
Noughts & Crosses tells the story of two young people: a girl called Sephy and a boy called Callum. Callum is a nought – he's white, from a poor family and lives on a rough estate. Sephy is a Cross – she's black, from a wealthy, powerful family and lives in a grand country house with a private beach.

Alex Rider Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz

Genre/Themes: Spy, Thriller. Adventure.
The book's plot revolves around Alex Rider being secretly recruited into MI6 to investigate the Stormbreaker computer factory and stop a terrorist attack that will kill hundreds of thousands of British school children.

Northern Lights Philip Pullman

Genre/Themes: Fantasy, fiction.
Set in a parallel universe, it follows the journey of Lyra Belacqua to the Arctic in search of her missing friend, Roger Parslow, and her imprisoned uncle, Lord Asriel, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious substance known as "Dust”.

Looking Glass Girl Cathy Cassidy

Genre/Themes: Fiction, friendship.
Alice is thrilled when Savannah invites her to a Wonderland-themed sleepover; she's wanted to join this circle of friends for so long. Finally, she's fitting in. But an accident suddenly changes everything and Alice is rushed to hospital. As her friends and family rally round, a mystery begins to unravel.