Book list

My personal favourites

I don't really have an absolute best top ten ever. But here is my current list. By the way they are not in any particular order. they are all great books.

Books for older readers

Going For Stone by Philip Gross

Star-struck, young, on the streets: they're all desperate to get to the Academy. But who, exactly, runs the Academy? And why?

Sabriel by Garth Nix

Sabriel must cross into Death to find her father. She can do it with the protection of Charter Magic and the tools of the necromancer, but it is dangerous . . .

Starseeker by Tim Bowler

Luke is in trouble. His father's dead, his mother would like to remarry, and he's in with the wrong sort at school. And that's just what's going on outside his head. Inside, there's a lot to master before his musical genius can really take off. Brilliant book!

The Fellowship of the Ring by J R R Tolkien

Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged a Ring of Power, by which he could enslave all the free peoples of the world. Read how the Ring came to be lost and found again, and fell into the unlikely hands of Frodo Baggins, hobbit of the Shire. What will he do with it?

You Don't Know Me by David Klass

John's mind games help him to survive the brutal treatment he receives from the man who is not his father.

Arthur: The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland

It is 1199. Thirteen-year-old Arthur de Caldicot waits to hear whether his father will arrange for him to be a squire and a knight. And meanwhile, his father's old friend, Merlin, gives him a precious piece of stone - a seeingstone.

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Away from his deprived and brutal background in London, Willie Beech is thrown a lifeline when he is evacuated to the country.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Follow Alice into her Wonderland and meet the Cheshire Cat, the Hatter and the March Hare for yourself - and many more too.

Skellig by David Almond

What is this thing in the garage? It's the weirdest angel I've ever come across. But can it work miracles?

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Lyra's friend Roger is abducted by the Gobblers and Lyra sets out on a determined rescue mission across the frozen wastes. But the Gobblers are much more terrifying than anyone could imagine. The first part of His Dark Materials trilogy.

The Kin by Peter Dickinson

Clever creatures, homo sapiens. Will they make a go of it? They are on the knife edge of survival.