Nuneaton Academy 50 Book Challenge

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The 50 Reading Challenge

Reading is the gateway to every subject in school, but more than that, it is the gateway to a world of imagination, learning, growth and experience.

Without an excellent standard of literacy, it is proven that students struggle to access lessons, curriculum and exams but more importantly, they are missing out on a whole world of incredible stories, and fascinating characters.

That is why we at Nuneaton all students take part in the reading challenge: to read 50 of the best books ever written before you leave in year 11.

Will you win an award? 

10 books read? – Bronze award

25 books read? – Silver award

50 books read? – Gold award

50 Book Challenge books:

Year 7

Harry Potter

JK Rowling 

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carrol


Veronica Roth

The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hodgson Burnett

The Hobbit - J. R

R. Tolkien

Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

A Monster Calls

Patrick Ness

Year 8

The Chrysalids

John Wyndham

The Giver

Lois Lowry


Frank Herbert

Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien

The Fault in our Stars

John Green

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

A MidsummerNight's Dream

William Shakespeare

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Year 9

Animal Farm

George Orwell


George Orwell

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde

Sherlock Holmes

Conan Doyle

I Am Legend

Richard Matheson

To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee


J. Palacio


Mary Shelley

To The Lighthouse

Virginia Woolf

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Year 10

Pride and Prejudice

Jane Austin

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde


Bram Stoker

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë

Jekyll and Hyde

Louis Stevenson

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens


Daphne du Maurier

Wuthering Heights

Emily Brontë

The Time Travellers Wife

Audrey Niffenegger

Year 11

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro

The Children of Men

P. D. James

The Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

The Colour Purple

Alice Walker

The Shining

Stephen King


Ian McEwan

The Handmaid's tale

Margaret Atwood